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Okayafrica & Okayplayer Present Saul Williams At Brooklyn Bowl [5/7]

Catch Saul Williams' MartyrLoserKingdom show at Brooklyn Bowl with Haleek Maul & Sons Of An Illustrious Father, plus stream his new single.


Okayafrica and Okayplayer are excited to present Saul Williams' upcoming Brooklyn Bowl show in support of his sixth, self-produced full-length MartyrLoserKing. Written and recorded across Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, New Orleans and New York, Saul Williams' upcoming LP is described as a multimedia work that presents a digital conversation between the First and Third Worlds, and their respective street sounds.

“In Senegal, I was buying iPhones for $20, Beats for $10, because they get all the influx from China, with no regulation,” Williams explains in a press statement. “So everyone’s online. Everyone’s high tech.” The poet and musician also cites Beyoncé, Fredo Santana and Haitian field recordings as some of the eclectic influences on MartyrLoserKing. 

Catch Saul Williams live at Brooklyn Bowl for his MartyrLoserKingdom concert alongside Haleek Maul and Sons Of An Illustrious Father on May 7. For a taste of what's to come check out his new single "Burundi," a song that focuses on the Southeast African nation's coltan trade & black market networks, below. Enter for a chance to win tickets to the show over at our Facebook page.

>>>Buy Tickets To Saul Williams, Sons Of An Illustrious Father & Haleek Maul at BK Bowl

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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