This summer, Malian rootsy hip-hop crew SMOD embarks on their first U.S. tour tomorrow. The group may be most known for featuring the son of Amadou & Mariam. However, SMOD is a musical force to be reckon with on their own.
Their stateside debut seamlessly fused hip-hop, folk and blues music with traditional Malian styles from a politically-conscious perspective and addresses inequalities across African history. While they may be new to U.S. listeners, the group has actually released three albums in Europe over the past 10 years, so it’s a long overdue treat to have them perform live here in the states.
July 19 / Montréal / Nuits Africaines
July 20 / Boston / Brighton Music Hall
July 21 / Trumensburg / Grassroots Festival
July 22 / NY / Central Park Summerstage
July 25 / Pittsburgh / Shadow Lounge
July 27 / Columbus / Wexner Center
July 28 / Chicago / Clark Street Festival
July 30 / Chicago / Jay Pritzker Pavillion
July 31 / Minneapolis / the Cedar
August 3 / Los Angeles / Levitt Pavilion
August 4 / Santa Monica / The Central
August 5 / San Francisco / Stern Groove
August 6 / Santa Cruz / Moe’s Alley
August 10 / Gaspé CA / Festival du Bout du Monde