Theologian and activist Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou & The Freedom Fighters storm the heavens with incendiary gospel songs that boldly tackle social issues. Born in St. Louis and raised in the Arkansas Delta area, Reverend Sekou has a unique musical style blending North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar. Reverend Sekou had previously made documentaries and written books before releasing albums The Revolution Has Come in 2016 and In Times Like These in 2017. His music draws upon harmonica, rock guitar and organ music to evoke the grit of southern farm life, the passion of street protest and the grandeur of the Mississippi River. One of his most popular songs, “Resist,” is a fierce cry for freedom and equality for all people. With his long dreadlocks and booming voice, Reverend Sekou cuts a distinctive figure, and his energetic stage presence gives his shows a revivalist air.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch named the single “We Comin” from Reverend Sekou’s first album “the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement.” And Paste Magazine hosted a live session from Sekou’s second album, saying, “Rev. Sekou delivers the spiritual performance we need now.” Reverend Sekou last graced a Levitt stage in 2018 at Levitt Shell Memphis.
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