Muva of Earth at The Hackney Social, London photos

Muva of Earth per­form­ing at The Hack­ney Social, Lon­don, on Sep­tem­ber 30, 2021.

Songstress Muva of Earth is a big pres­ence. This south Lon­don alter­na­tive jazz singer and poet host­ed a “cross-dimen­sion­al exhi­bi­tion” at The Hack­ney Social last Thurs­day, enti­tled ‘still­ness Roots within’.

Body art, African prints, beads, bracelets, bralets, and bold out­fits of every descrip­tion could be found at this event, which was part exper­i­men­tal art exhi­bi­tion, part spir­i­tu­al read­ings, and part discussion.

But there was music, too, from elec­tron­ic musi­cian Cil (aka Cecil­ia Mor­gan), DJ Jkar­ri, and Muva of Earth herself.

Muva of Earth per­formed a set of her jazzy and Afro­fu­tur­ism-inspired songs that became grad­u­al­ly more hyp­not­ic as the night went on. She cites Sun Ra, Björk and Feta Kuti as some of her biggest influ­ences. Her songs ‘Affir­ma­tion’ and ‘Divine Ascen­sion’ came to life with help from the sax­o­phone, harp, and drums that accom­pa­nied her.

She was joined by fel­low singer Angel Seka to per­form a song in Yoru­ba. And she closed the evening with a spir­i­tu­al reading.

Patience is a neces­si­ty at an event such as this, but those who enjoy the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine should keep Muva of Earth on their radar.

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