The Music Gallery & 88 Days of Fortune presents
Cosmic Soul: SassyBlack + Obuxum + M.I. Blue
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Doors: 7pm | Concert: 8pm
Curator Ayo Leilani interview: 7:15PM
The Music Gallery, 197 John St.
Tickets: $15 Regular |$10 Members/Students | $13 Advance at musicgallery.org
Surely 88 Days of Fortune is one of the leading cultural collectives in the city over the past decade. Driving force Ayo Leilani played the Music Gallery last year as Witch Prophet and curates this evening’s lineup. Her curatorial statement:
“I chose to curate this showcase by specifically focusing on black women who are currently making music that seamlessly flows through the realms of blues, jazz, soul, hip hop experimentation and Afrofuturism. I purposely wanted to shine the light on talented black women who help smash the patriarchy (and white supremacy) by being self sufficient, creative, proud, active leaders in their craft(s) and communities.
SassyBlack, M.I. Blue and OBUXUM all share those qualities which I hold in high regard and their talents alone speak volumes for anyone lucky enough to hear. I am very excited to have them showcased at the Music Gallery and I’m looking forward to having women, especially black women, taking up space and being heard.”
SassyBlack (Catherine Harris-White), formerly of THEESatisfaction, is a singer, songwriter and producer based in Seattle, Washington. With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Erykah Badu and her production style is reminiscent of Roy Ayers and Herbie Hancock. Sassy is preparing her second solo album due in 2017.
OBUXUM is a up-and-coming young Somali performative- experimental music producer. She’s currently working on an instrumental series called The Metaphor which will consist of intricate samples, soundscapes, jazz, hip-hop, Afro-dance, dancehall/reggae, dub and EDM-inspired music.
M.I.Blue, also known as Blue, is an Eritrean, Alternative R&B artist from Toronto. Her raspy, jazz-infused sound is showcased on her first EP, Black Tea and Mint. She is currently working on releasing her new LP Introspective and Blue. She will be providing visuals for the evening.