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I Self Devine delivers his best work to date in the form of an audio-visual experience with "Rituals of Resilience" - his official follow up to his 2nd solo album, "The Sound of Low Class Amerika".
The Twin Cities-based musician, artist, and community organizer co-curated a gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Art to create a dialog between works by Black visual artists from the United States, Africa, the greater African Diaspora, and this new album. Artworks explore themes of identity, culture, spirituality, and power through the embodiment of Black lived experience. The accompanying album grew from in-depth research on the work of each artist, and approaches their individual visual practice as a means to access and articulate a collective Black consciousness that transcends time and space.
I Self explains, "'Rituals of Resilience' is about the act of survival under intense pressure and heat. A place to hide when being in your body isn't safe. A reimagining of new worlds and possibilities. The creative culture of Indigenous and diasporic ethnic groups of African descent surviving and dismantling 400 hundred years of white supremacy ...through a visceral fabric of repetitious intentional movements, vibrations, gatherings, acts, symbols, and codes."
Released: March 18, 2021
Produced by Orko Eloheim. Recorded, arranged, mixed & mastered by Medium Zach. Executive produced by Orko Eloheim, Medium Zach, & I Self Devine
Details: Cover Illustrated By Johnalynn Holland. Layout By Andrés Guzmán