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Shabazz Palaces Announce North American And European Tour Dates

Palaceer Lazaro and Zimbabwe' Tendai Maraire are embarking on a European and North American tour with dates alongside Flying Lotus.


Shabazz Palaces, the experimental hip-hop outfit comprised of Ishmael Butler (aka Palaceer Lazaro) and Zimbabwe's Tendai 'Baba' Maraire, are embarking on an extensive European and North American tour in support of last year's Lese Majesty LP. The tour includes a Los Angeles show with TV On The Radio and some European dates with Flying Lotus. If you missed it, check out Tendai 'Baba' Maraire's recent remix of his sister's (the late Zimbabwean singer and mbira player Chiwoniso) last recorded song, released under his Chimurenga Renaissance moniker. For more from Shabazz Palaces, see their several features on fellow Seattleites THEESatisfaction's recent EarTHEE album. Watch the group's video for Lese Majesty's "Forerunner Foray" and see their full world tour dates below via Pitchfork.

Shabazz Palaces World Tour Dates

04-03 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium *

04-05 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel ^

04-11 Grenoble, France - La Belle Electrique

04-15 St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace

04-16 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik

04-17 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska

04-18 Milan, Italy - Elita Festival

04-19 Vienna, Austria - Arena

04-24 Braga, Portugal - GNRation

04-25 Paris, France - Le Trianon #

04-26 Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal #

04-29 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street #

04-30 Manchester, England - Manchester Academy #

05-01 London, England - Brixton Academy #

05-02 The Hague, Netherlands - Rewire Festival

05-29 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound

06-01 Ravenna, Italy - Beaches Brew Festival

06-04 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe

06-05 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club

06-06 Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre

06-07 Chicago, IL - The Shrine

06-08 Kalamazoo, MI - Bell's Brewery

06-10 Lakewood, OH - Mahall's 20 Lanes

06-12 Louisville, KY - Haymarket Whiskey Bar

06-14 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

06-26-28 North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival

08-04 Newark, NJ - Military Park

 

* with TV on the Radio

^ with Genius

# with Flying Lotus

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Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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