Chicago-based singer, composer, and clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid has released a new new live album with her band Tha Brothahood. LIVE was largely recorded on November 1, 2019 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele during JazzFest Berlin. LIVE will be issued on vinyl and CD formats in January 2021, with liner notes penned by Pitchfork contributor Shannon J. Effinger. Listen to the album below (via International Anthem).

Tha Brothahood includes Deacon Otis Cooke (vocals, synth), Viktor Le Givens (vocals, auxiliary instruments), Xristian Espinoza (tenor sax, percussion), Norman W. Long (electronics, synths), Dr. Adam Zanolini (double bass, bass guitar, soprano sax, flute, percussion), Isaiah Collier (drums), and Asher Simiso Gamedze (drums), with Angel Bat Dawid as bandleader.

A press release for LIVE reveals that Angel and members of the band were en route to the airport in Chicago when they received news that Viktor Le Gives had been hospitalized after passing out on the street. When he came to, all of his personal belongings were missing. When they arrived in Berlin, the band’s manager reached out to the production staff of JazzFest Berlin to inform them of the situation, and the initial reply was allegedly, “If you cannot find a substitute, we will have to reduce your fee.”

“It really put a whole damper on my spirit to have to deal with this a few hours before performing,” Angel said in the press release. “How the fuck is this response ever acceptable anywhere?!” She continued:

I have issues in general about the way artists are treated because I see a difference in how tech folks treat women and artist of color…. I’m calling it out. A lot of the racism and things I’m talking about are steeped in microaggressions and are so subtle and can go unnoticed. But all those things happen a lot and it was very evident at the festival…. Yes I am hyper sensitive to any infraction I ever see, feel or observe when it comes to racism, and I no longer pass it off as an over sensitivity but an opportunity to blow the whistle on intellectual and structural racism that is still a rampant and ugly beast, especially in the European music world.



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