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Sudanese-American MC & Producer Oddisee Returns With The Free ‘AlWasta’ EP

Sudanese-American rapper & producer Oddisee drops the 7-track 'AlWasta' EP and details his upcoming tour dates.

AlWasta EP cover.


Last we talked about Oddisee he was collaborating with Egyptian singer Maryam Saleh and tripping out to his kaleidoscopic music video. The Sudanese-American producer and rapper now returns with AlWasta, a free 7-track EP that follows last year’s The Good Fight.

The AlWasta EP is stacked with pristine production and elastic rhymes that see Oddisee reflecting on the positive and negative sides of using social currency for one’s own gains. The MC explains, “Al­Wasta, takes its title from the Arabic colloquial term used to mean (to use colloquial English) ‘the plug.’ The term ‘wasta’ comes from the Arabic word 'wasat,' meaning 'middle' or 'middleman,' and describes a member of the community who acts as a connector using their wealth of social currency.”

The Brooklyn-based musician will also be embarking on an extensive American & European tour which kicks off this month. Stream and download Oddisee’s AlWasta EP, out now via Mello Music Group, below and see his full tour dates listed underneath.

Oddisee & Good Compny (Full Band) Live Tour Dates

3/26/16 Treefort Festival - Boise, ID

5/3/2016 Middle East Downstairs - Boston, MA

5/6/16 Mainstage - Morgantown, WV

5/7/16 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA

5/8/16 Kings Barcade - Raleigh, NC

5/11/16 Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL

5/13/16 Orpheum - Tampa, FL

5/14/16 Backbooth - Orlando, FL

5/15/16 Side Bar - Tallahassee, FL

5/16/16 Parish @ HOB - New Orleans, LA

5/20/16 Foundry at SLS - Las Vegas, NV

5/21/16 El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

5/22/16 Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA

5/24/16 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA

5/26/16 The Independent - San Francisco, CA

5/30/16 Sasquatch Festival - Seattle, WA

6/4/16 Bunbury Festival - Cincinnatti, OH

6/12/16 Northside Festival - Brooklyn, NY

6/25/16 Glastonbury Festival - Pilton, UK

6/27/16 O2 Academy - Oxford, UK

7/7/16 Les Ardentes Festival - Leige, Belgium

7/8/16 North Sea Jazz Festival - Rotterdam, Netherlands

7/9/16 Open Source Festival - Dusseldorf, Germany

7/10/16 Cactus Festival - Bruges, Belgium

7/16/16 Melt! Festival - Gräfenhainichen, Germany

7/19/16 Valkhof Festival - Nijmegen, Netherlands

7/23/16 Hip Hop Open Festival - Vienna, Austria

7/27/16 Blue Balls Festival - Lucerne, Switzerland

7/29/16 Appletree Gardens Festival - Diepholz, DE

7/30/16 Stuttgart Festival - Stuttgart, DE

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