Daily Yinz – Afro Yaqui Music Collective – Insurrealista

Afro Yaqui Music Collective recently released Maroon Futures, named in honor of both the maroons–enslaved peoples who escaped and created their own societies–and imprisoned activist Russell Maroon Shoatz.

The album, in the collective’s own words, seeks to unite “the sounds of Afro-Cuban culture, Chinese Opera, Indigenous languages, jazz, and hip-hop to say: our struggle is one.” Needless to say, it makes for a head-spinning musical and intellectual milieu. Closing track “Insurrealista” is an intricate, hip-hop-inspired jazz workout complete with tricky time signatures, frenetic percussion, koto shredding, and revolutionary bars courtesy of Nejma Nefertiti. The composition is an homage to Martinican poet and politician Aimé Césaire, whose vivid surrealism and social consciousness helped to establish the Négritude movement, which sought to unite Black people the world over.

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