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Moses Sumney Cancels Show At Montreal Jazz Festival After Organizers Defend "Racist" Musical

Following protests against the musical SLĀV, Moses Sumney said that he could not perform at the Montreal Jazz festival in "good conscience."

There is always a show claiming that white performers exploring black pain is a necessary artistic pursuit, and Moses Sumney has joined protestors fighting against this old narrative.

The musical SLĀV is a "theatrical odyssey based on slave songs." The Montreal Jazz Festival Site describes the show as "a remarkable interpretation of the songs, laments and lullabies that united these human beings dispossessed of everything," adding that the show offers "universal links between different known and less known—or deliberately forgotten—pages of history that have led humanity to enslave peoples."

The show, which features largely white performers singing African American slave songs, has recently been protested by artists and activists who described it as "extremely offensive." Artists like Pierre Kwenders pointed out another page of history that the festival was deliberately forgetting—the history of white people profiting off the stories of marginalized groups.

Sumney joined other artists who have critiqued the show, and he decided to cancel his set to host his own headline show tonight at La Sala Rossa.

Explaining the reasons for pulling out of the festival, Sumney said, "When I learned that the festival continued to defend this show publicly, even after adamant protests, —during which one of the show goers (the majority of which where, of course, white) slapped a woman of color protesting the show—I knew that I could not present my music at this same festival in good conscience"

Montreal Jazz Fest put out a statement saying, "Before subjecting them to trial by public opinion, we firmly believe that we must wait and witness the show they will present to us all….[Jazz Fest is] synonymous with a global village where there is no race, no gender, no religion and all human beings are equal."

Sumney has decided to take his show elsewhere, and given the honest and complex ideas he explores in his recent album Aromanticism, a different stage might be the best move.


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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."


Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.


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