Sean Healy Presents Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, at the Belasco
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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The show did not start on time. My friends and I waited a little over 2 hours outside. Mos Def didn't perform til 11pm and sand/rapped new stuff. Was looking forward to hearing some of hits. Thankfully there was food at the theater otherwise the night would have been a total loss.
Following up on his recent releases, Fix Up (with Talib Kweli) and Black Radio (with Robert Glasper), Bey makes an exclusive appearance at the recently revived Belasco, a gorgeous L.A. venue built in 1926. After a years-long, $12 million renovation, the venerable downtown landmark will host a rare performance from one of this generation’s most popular and respected talents, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def).