*This is a colored vinyl LP*
Release Date: 2021
Label: Modern Harmonic/Sundazed
- Great Pax Whitey
- Nikki Rosa
- My Tower
- Alabama Poem
- Ego Tripping
- All I Gotta Do
- Second Rapp Poem
- Poem for Aretha
- Woman Poem
- Poem for a Lade of Leisure Now Retired
Listen, the great Nikki Giovanni was protected. Inside the church, you can hear it. In the dusty silence, you can hear it. In the electric texture of the crowd, the buzz of the instruments, you can hear it. What you hear and feel is safe in the belly of the blues. Her voice loved like hands on the ivory keys of the church organ deep inside the spell of gospel. Nikki Giovanni is a poet at the pulpit righteous with spirit and energy. A poet in the choir hypnotized with the sound of the past, present and future. Nikki Giovanni inspires a new language rising out of the desolate and uncertain seventies.
The energy of this record serves as a requiem for all past woes and trespasses. The congregation’s full hearts were swinging and you can feel the excitement to collaborate with Nikki Giovanni. Everyone can rejoice and shout that the poet has spoken of a new wave coming, a tsunami under new management, a new moon bringing forth a new sun and God has nothing to do with it. Nikki Giovanni is a poet not shutting anyone out but shutting everything down and that’s something I can get behind. That is something I can pray for, a black woman allowed to speak her truth in the bubbling sinister seventies to the coming devastation that is the war on drugs, which was a war on our sanity. It was a war on our neighborhoods and on our notions of peace and family.
Nikki Giovanni said, “We have a world to conquer one person at a time starting with ourselves.” You can feel her passion for humanity. Nikki Giovanni has the power to move the word forward in the hope that we can achieve the creative futures we want. If we can come together and envision a better future that can lead us towards more love, understanding and compassion. To end with the words of the great Nikki Giovanni, “If now isn’t a good time for the truth I dont see when we’ll get to it.” I couldn’t agree more, the time for the truth has always been now right now.
– Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother (Irreversible Entanglements)