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Strings of Autumn: Shabazz Palaces

Archa Theatre, Na Poříčí 26, Praha 1 - Nové Město, 110 00

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22. 10. 2017
20. 00

Seattle-based duo Shabazz Palaces have been credited with taking hip hop to places it had never previously been. Dense and highly sophisticated, their work has been described as 'thrilling music that seems totally without precedent' (The Guardian). Poetic, sometimes mystical lyrics mesh with nuanced electronica, African percussion, and jazz overtones to create a sound that unsettles even as it compels.

Shabazz is the brainchild of Ishamel Butler, a one-time member of early-'90s jazz-tinged hip-hop outfit Digable Planets, in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire, whose father was the acclaimed mbira maestro and scholar Dumisani Maraire. With their debut album, 2011's Black Up (released on Sub Pop records, a label more closely associated with the likes of Nirvana and the grunge scene), Shabazz Palaces served notice that something interesting was happening in hip-hop: eschewing the bragadoccio and heavy-handed beats favoured by many of their contemporaries in the genre, it instead featured minimalistic, unpredictable soundscapes: other-worldly synths, tribal drums, and fragmented beats, the perfect backdrop for Butler's impeccable, easy-going flow and intelligent, provocative lyrics.

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