The Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival presents…
OSHUN & MOURNING [A] BLKSTAR
Performing in Freedom Square on August 13th, 2019, join us for the Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival and Community Resource Fair!
OSHUN will be performing from 5:15PM to 6:30PM, and Mourning [A] BLKstar will be performing from 6:45PM to 8PM.
OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all.
Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue. They’ve also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU.
It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose.
bittersweet vol. 1 is OSHUN’s debut studio album, produced by Proda.
ABOUT MOURNING [A] BLKSTAR
Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, Mourning [A] BLKstar is a group of multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming “amalgam” of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora.
Mourning [A] BLKstar was recently placed on NPR’s #Austin100 List. Here is what they said:
In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, musician RA Washington found himself at a crossroads — and opted to form Mourning [A] BLKstar, a rousing, genre-obliterating band dedicated to unpacking the experiences of marginalized people, the effects of police violence and gentrification and other top-of-mind concerns. As the band’s name and mission suggest, it’s serious business. But there’s a wildness to the music itself, which careens from Afrofuturistic funk to jazz to punk to rock and soul, always with a spirit of liberation, revolution and even celebration.
Their latest album Reckoning released May 10th, 2019.
WHERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PERFORMERS
MOURNING [A] BLKSTAR
ABOUT SPIRIT OF THE SUFFRAGETTES
Spirit of the Suffragettes is a summer concert series and community resource fair showcasing women and gender non-conforming musicians from the international to the local. Diverse local organizations will share access to information and tools to support women, who bear a heavy load caring for families against all odds.summer concert series and community resource fair based in North Troy at Freedom Square.
The century-old suffragette message needs to be heard and updated to be made more inclusive. Women, especially women of color, still struggle for equity in their everyday lives. We’ll bring history alive with music, positioning the suffragettes as radical role models to explore gender imbalance throughout society–from music festivals to single mother households in low-wealth communities.
The Spirit of the Suffragettes is an 8-week summer concert series and Women’s Resource Fair celebrating the history of these radical historical activists through an updated and more racially/economically inclusive lens. We’re presenting female and gender non-conforming musicians (predominantly women of color) alongside a resource fair highlighting the organizations and opportunities that support women and families in our extremely low-wealth neighborhood.
Click here for more information!
Events will take place on Saturday 6/8 3-6 PM as well as Tuesdays 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 5-8 PM and Saturday 9/21 3-6 PM. Here is a list of organizations supporting our community resource fair!
Thank you to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for making this project possible!