Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Gabriel Teodros LIVE in Montreal, New York City & Washington, DC...

Gabriel Teodros Children Of The Dragon
East Coast Tour Dates!
Montreal, QC
Tuesday, July 8th 2014
with Kalmunity Vibe Collective 
8PM | $5 before 8:30 / $8 after | 19+
at Les Bobards (4328 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)
 
Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 13th 2014
Suena la Diaspora! with Quilomboarte (Bocafloja + Hache ST + Cambio),
Sol Liebiskind & De La Cieba
8PM | $10 | All Ages
at Palisades (906 Broadway)
Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/1441274282791945/

Washington, DC
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
with Colored Girls Hustle
9PM | $5 | 21+
at Bossa (2464 18th St NW)
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/583983531723234/

I don't have a normal facebook page. If you do, please add yourself to the events and invite all your homies!
I'm honored to be on the road this summer sharing stages with so many inspiring artists! A good way to stay tuned in to the journey is on instagram. This whole tour started in Detroit a few weeks ago, where I performed and presented at one of my favorite annual gatherings, the Allied Media Conference, with one of my favorite projects I've ever been so lucky to be a part of, Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements! To get a taste of what happened, check this video Scott Macklin just posted from the Octavia's Brood event we had in Seattle earlier this year:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Video: Hightek Lowlives ft. Gabriel Teodros "Humanoid Void" (Live on KEXP)


My family Hightek Lowlives had an in-studio performance at KEXP last month, and the video just went up! We did one of our songs off their superdope sci-fi themed album Humanoid Void. Check the full performance here.

If you are in Seattle you can catch us all live in concert Saturday, June 14th at Festival Sundiata! To see us, you should get there around 3pm at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Gabriel Teodros & AirMe - Children Of The Dragon



I dreamed about making this album. To make an album with someone who spoke the languages of Ethiopian music as fluently as Hip Hop was perhaps as important to me as actually going to Ethiopia for the first time.

Children Of The Dragon was created in the Washington, DC area (aka Ethiopia's 2nd Capitol) mostly in a small office studio (that had no mic booth) that on most days was shared with a graphic designer/film maker, a painter, and a few singers. The conversations and the energy of everyone who shared a space with us is in all of these songs. (and of everyone in the studio I spoke the least amount of Amharic!)

The title is based on mythology I first heard of in Haile Gerima's film Teza. I also think of Audre Lorde's term biomythography when describing the album as a whole. The first voice you hear on the record is my sister Luam Kidane who also just published this incredible piece on calling ourselves into freedom: Black art and decolonial asthetics which you can read on The Feminist Wire now.

This album is the first music I made after my first trip to my mother's homeland. I actually met AirMe and we started working together when I was on a 24 hour layover in DC... between Addis Ababa and Seattle. I didn't take any pictures when I was in Ethiopia but it's all in the music. Needless to say, this album is very special to me. We pushed each other to make the best music we were capable of creating at the time, we're putting it out completely independently, and I hope to break as many so-called rules along the way as possible.

Enjoy an exclusive first listen on YouTube and get the album from Bandcamp (or send it as a gift!) before anyone else has it. If you feel it, please share the music far and wide.

The YouTube stream features footage from traffic in Addis Ababa, filmed and edited by Brandon Eversole (who also is responsible for all the footage of us in Ethiopia that was featured in the video for CopperWire's "Phone Home")

If you are in Seattle, come party with us on Wednesday, May 7th (the actual day I turn 33 1/3) at Jaam Rek (aka the old Hidmo building on 20th & Jackson) Tickets and more information here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

May 7, 2014: "Children Of The Dragon" Seattle Release Party!


Wednesday May 7th, 2014

Gabriel Teodros "Children Of The Dragon" Seattle Release and 33 1/3 Birthday Party!

with special guests
Jennifer Johns (from Oakland, CA and debuting music from her brand new album "Chronicles Of The Aquarian Mind")
Hightek Lowlives
DJ's OCnotesWD4D

8PM. $15. All Ages.

@ Jaam Rek
(a.k.a. the old Hidmo building - 20th & Jackson - Seattle, WA)

Tickets available at releasethedragon.brownpapertickets.com/
(this event will most likely sell out, you want to get your tickets now!)

Gabriel Teodros & AirMe "Frida Kahlo"


Some more grown-up rap. Love to okayafrica for premiering the single! This one is all about being 30-something, not settled down... and increasingly isolated as a result.

I love Frida Kahlo for so many reasons, but one reason I think her art resonates with so many people is because she painted from a place of pain and turned that pain into medicine. I think the isolation she felt might of been amongst the deepest pain... hence all the self-portraits.

As a musician I feel like each song becomes another self-portrait too.

"just a pad and a pen, i sip my coffee slow, wake up late and take a walk alone..."

love
-- gt

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chiwoniso Maraire


Just caught this beautiful interview of Chiwoniso Maraire. Sad that I never got to meet her. Thankful for her music and time spent on this planet. Love to the entire Maraire family... shoutout to brothers Tendai & Draze. So much brilliance. Good music lives forever.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10 years since the first Blue Scholars release!

Blue Scholars released their first album 10 years ago, today. They celebrated with a release party at Vesper Lounge. I opened up, along with Cancer Rising. I also remember Macklemore was in attendance, and he played me songs from his upcoming "The Language Of My World" album in the car that night. I remember tripping off the quality of everyone's work, including the Abyssinian Creole album we were still working on at the time. A little later in the year, I remember rolling with Geo (aka Prometheus Brown of Blue Scholars) to Teal's place to record his feature that ended up on that Abyssinian Creole album. We had on KEXP in the car, (I think just for a split second while changing CD's) and a Blue Scholars song came on. This was a big deal because it wasn't a Sunday Night, and before Blue Scholars, I don't remember KEXP playing local Hip Hop outside of Street Sounds. If I'm not mistaken, it was the first time Geo heard himself on the radio outside of a Hip Hop specialty show too. That was one of many doors Blue Scholars were able to kick down, and Hip Hop in Seattle has never been the same. Sending love, respect and gratitude to Blue Scholars on 10 years since that first record!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Gabriel Teodros & AirMe "Grow Up Before You Blow Up" ft. Luam Kidane



"Grow Up Before You Blow Up" ft. Luam Kidane

So last year Homeboy Sandman wrote this article on rap music and the prison industrial complex. He made these crucial connections from how a mere 232 media executives control the entire information diet of 277 million americans, to how some of those same media executives have huge stakes in for-profit prisons, to why popular rap music is the way it is.

After processing this information, I then looked around at my community and realized how many independent artists are playing the same role a media giant would have them play, without even having anyone tell them that's what they have to do... as if we're locking ourselves in a cage and holding the keys to our freedom at the exact same time.

This was in 2013 while we were actually mixing the rest of the Children Of The Dragon record... AirMe was just messing around with a beat while we were in between sessions. I was on the couch working on the first draft for my Octavia's Brood story... I heard the earliest version of this beat, quietly opened another window on my laptop, and in 15 minutes the song wrote itself... it even surprised us but it ended up making the album!

Written by Gabriel Teodros & Luam Kidane. Produced by AirMe. Additional vocals by Rebekah.
Mixed by AirMe, Gabriel Teodros & Dume 41. Mastered by Dume41.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gabriel Teodros & AirMe "Parable Of The Dragon"


Another Okayafrica premiere: "Parable Of The Dragon"
(you might see an exclusive there on okayafrica every week until the album drops!)

The album title Children Of The Dragon is a reference to mythology I first heard of in Haile Gerima's film Teza. I like using Audre Lorde's term "biomythography" when describing the album as a whole. 

This particular song is a parable told from the perspective of a dragon and a dragon slayer, with one of the same ideas I was speaking to in this TED Talk:

"Being a child of activists, an independent Hip Hop artist, a high school dropout that teaches high school, and someone that has been a part of more non-profit organizations than I care to mention... the feeling of having to fight with with your back against the wall is a very familiar place. When your in that place, it's easy to forget that nothing lasts forever, that change is inevitable, and that we can win. When you are so focused on the fight that it becomes a part of your identity, when you start defining yourself as a fighter, a warrior, a revolutionary... it's not far off to say the monsters you are fighting against have become a part of your identity too. So what happens when the monsters you were fighting against are no longer there? What happens win you win? Both in my life and in history I've seen people recreate the monsters they were always fighting against, because without them... who are we?"

Written by Gabriel Teodros. Produced by AirMe.
Mixed by AirMe, Gabriel Teodros & Dume41. Mastered by Dume41.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Meklit "We Are Alive"

MeklitWe Are Alive

My cousin, collaborator and CopperWire co-conspirator has released her new solo album on Six Degrees Records! I think it's her best work yet... getting this album might be the best thing you do for yourself all week. Purchase directly from bandcamp today!  And if you are in the US, catch her on tour right now... Seattle folks, she's at The Triple Door on March 31st! All the tour details and ticket links are right here.

Also, Meklit is on the cover of the San Francisco Bay Guardian right now! Check the current issue for a full interview... and you'll also hear a story about me rapping at the foot of an ancient castle in Gondar after the city lost electricity!