Rev. Sekou and the Seal Breakers visited Paste Studio in New York City, where they performed three tracks, two of which were from their just-released (and highly relevant) album, In Times Like These . First up was a rowdy song called "Resist," followed by a bluesy breakup anthem called "Loving You Is Killing Me."
"N ostalgia is a form of mourning for a past that never was," Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou writes in his essay, The Task of the Artist in the Time of Monsters. "When the present obscures the future and undermines the past, artists are diplomats between the world that was, the world that is and the world that is to be."
The Reverend Osagyefo Sekou draws from a deep well of American music on his new album, called "In Times Like These." He and The Sealbreakers play some of the tunes live in the studio.
"In times like these, we need a miracle/Ain't nobody gonna save us/We're the ones we've been waiting for," wails Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, in the title track of of his powerful and timely debut album, In Times Like These. Produced by six-time Grammy nominated Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All
With optimum protest music there is an urgency, immediacy and the acceptance of responsibility. Consider the Neil Young-written Ohio: "We're finally on our own ... gotta get down to it." Or consider Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, the American poet, pastor and renaissance theologian.
Rev. Sekou is on the road this month hoping to spread more than his music. The singer and songwriter, who is actually an ordained...
As a pastor, theologian, author, filmmaker, and community organizer, Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou has dedicated his life's work to social justice. He's given lectures and speeches around the world and trained thousands of people in the tactics of nonviolent protest. Now, he's lending his passion for activism to a popular form of protest: music.
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Listen to his debut, "Resist" and read his essay, 'The Task of the Artist in the Time of Monsters'
Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou has returned with a more intimate and personal follow-up to the movement album, "The Revolution Has Come," which was released in 2016. As Sekou described in an interview, "In Times Like These," has "everything to do with the material conditions that produced the Ferguson uprising, but
The pastor and activist-widely known for his arrest during Ferguson protests-calls for resistance over blues- and gospel-derived tracks on "In Times Like These." Listen to the full album here ahead of its May 5 release. Provided to Colorlines by artist's PR Reverend Osagyefo Sekou channels the intertwining legacies of Black liberation theology and racial justice activism in all of his work.
In his barnburner of a single, "Resist," St. Louis's Rev. Sekou takes on the generational pain of communities like Ferguson, MO, instilling the track with a sense of activism, gospel, and Southern blues. It's a fitting thesis statement from the scholar, artist, activist, and ordained minister who recently signed with Thirty Tigers for his debut album, In Times Like These.
In recent discussions about the challenges facing America - police brutality, the Trump administration, etc. - sooner or later someone says essentially, "at least this will inspire some powerful music." Rev. Sekou's new album is that hoped-for result. "Resist" opens the album with a clip of Rev.
BOTH OF MY GRANDFATHERS were preachers. On my father's side, Sydney was a rum barrel cooper turned street preacher from Kingston, Jamaica, who immigrated to Los Angeles in the '70s; I only ever saw him read the Bible.
Forty years ago, in the days of "white flight" from American cities to the suburbs, Ferguson, Missouri was a "sundowner town"-black people did not drive through it at night because they knew they would be harassed by the white police force.
Three leaders of the struggle discuss the lessons of the 60's and what's needed today.
Inspired by the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou's forthcoming album " The Revolution Has Come," we decided to look around St. Louis to find other interpretations of gospel music in the region. St. Louis has a rich tradition of gospel music, and our inquiry brought us to some unconventional interpretations.
RS: The broader question for me is the tone and tenor of the gospel. I understand the gospel of Jesus as a story about God choosing to become flesh in the body of an unwed teenage mother among an unimportant people in an unimportant part of the world.
Photo by Kyle Depew The following interview was conducted via email correspondence with Reverend Osagyefo Sekou. Rev. Sekou is perhaps the nation's most well-known organizer working at the intersections of faith and democratic socialism. His political performance of Pentecostalism and comments on being as a complement to the limits of politics, in particular, are illuminating and worth deep consideration.
The Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou: 'African-Americans enter into this social terrain with a different set of expectations'
For three months, Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was on the ground in Ferguson, participating in daily protests and leading trainings in nonviolent civil disobedience. That work continues to this day: Sekou was arrested for the third time on Monday, July 13, while protesting the recent police shooting of Brandon Claxton in St.
This week, St. Louis activist and theologian Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was acquitted of charges stemming from his involvement in a 2014 protest for slain teenager Michael Brown. The reverend had been arrested for kneeling down to pray in front of a line of riot police in Ferguson, Missouri.
Last week, organizer Rev. Osagyefo Sekou was finally found not guilty of failure to comply with police during a September 2014 Michael Brown protest in front of the Ferguson police station. During this demonstration, the Pentecostal pastor, writer, filmmaker and scholar famously placed his body between oncoming riot police and protestors, dropping to his knees to pray.
http://www.democracynow.org - In Missouri, Ferguson has seen another night of heavy unrest in the ongoing uproar over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. At least 31 people, including two journalists, were arrested as street clashes erupted between groups of demonstrators and riot police.
07 août 2015 La jeunesse révoltée de Ferguson Quand on leur demande depuis quand ils militent pour la cause des Noirs, ils répondent unanimement " le 9 août ", date de la mort de Michael Brown. Ils font partie des leaders de la mobilisation qui a suivi et qui se poursuit encore aujourd'hui.