Fireside Chat

Moor Mother

60 minsFirst aired 21 Feb 2018
Courtesy of Moor Mother

The Philadelphia-based artist and activist sits down to talk roots, race and heritage, from social justice to afrofuturism.

Moor Mother is a Philadelphia-based artist, musician and activist who utilizes her multigenre practice to speak to consciousness, identity, blackness and the socio-political global landscape. She started to record and release music in 2012 as a solo project under the porous, playful rubric of self-defined sounds like “project-housing bop,” “slaveship punk” and “blk girl blues” — Moor Mother’s output is a patchwork quilt of ancestral tales, told through spoken word, poetry and fractured lyricism alongside guttural electronics, dissonant textures and fragments of instrumentation. Having released dozens of solo recordings, her most recent albums (2016’s Fetish Bones and 2017’s The Motionless Present) are critically acclaimed exercises in power electronics, intense vocalizations of what it means to fight to stay alive.


Interview by Hanna Bächer
Written and engineered by Tobias Jansen
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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