Moor Mother Interview

Source: TIDAL Magazine.

It started with a poem. Then another, and another, until a book of poetry cried out for music. And that music transformed the words into something even deeper. That’s the way things have often worked for Camae Ayewa, better known as Moor Mother. Jazz Codes, her latest release, “is my most accessible yet,” she says. And yet, as with all the work of this poet, rapper, instrumentalist, visual artist, punk musician, community organizer and educator, its rich aural stew bubbles with gripping words, fresh sounds and unearthed history, as questions rise to the surface.