Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou + The Freedom Fighters
Grass Roots Blues-Southern Soul Gospel
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was born in St. Louis, Mo and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. He was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute at the time of Michael Brown Jr’s killing, and traveled to Ferguson in mid-August on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization) to organize alongside local and national groups. He trained and co-lead hundreds in militant non violent actions in Ferguson.
Rev. Sekou has released two critically acclaimed albums “The Revolution Has Come” (FarFetched, January 2016) and In Times Like These (Zent Records, May 2017), produced by six-time Grammy nominated Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, Rev. Sekou’s debut solo album is a new vision for what Southern blues can mean today--—all saturated with Pentecostal sacred steel and soul legacy. The sonic landscape of Rev. Sekou's music captures the toil of Southern field hands, the guttural cry of chain gangs, the vibrancy of contemporary street protest, backwoods juke joints, and shotgun churches.
Rev. Sekou tours with The Freedom Fighters and Brooklyn-based—The Seal Breakers-- a twelve piece ensemble that includes four horns, two backup singers and a Hammond B3 organ as well. Their concerts invoke the spirit of the southern Tent Revival where all are welcome regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.