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On “Crime Waves,” Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry Fuse Their Philly Punk Roots

Moor Mother

Photo by Bob Sweeney.

There is a message, urgent and distorted, that Philadelphia-based artist, Camae Ayewa, who performs as Moor Mother, wants people to hear. On the stirring new song “Death Booming,” her voice peeks out of the quiet industrial patterns to say, “Death boomin’ out the projects, I know you feel it.” 

Moor Mother’s music is designed to remind the listener that, in the United States, whiteness is considered the default, and that taking up the banner of the marginalized can be a threat to the fabric of institutionalized oppression. She knows the listener can see what’s happened to Black bodies across the country, and she points that gaze back on itself. She took that message to a larger audience with 2016’s critically-acclaimed Fetish Bones, which was released on the New Jersey-based independent label Don Giovanni (and named one of Bandcamp’s Best Records of the Year).

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