On her new album Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes, Philadelphia experimental artist and activist-poet Camae Ayewa—aka Moor Mother—continues the work she began on her raucous debut Fetish Bones: exploding the myth of America, and searching through the rubble to find the voices of the nation’s most disenfranchised people, and to reclaim and reassemble the black collective memory. “All we do is believe a myth,” Ayewa says. “My whole work is to fight against the erasure of black people, the erasure of poor people, the erasure of black women, the erasure of women.”
The songs on Analog Fluids have roots in the African-American vernacular tradition—slave narratives, oral histories, field hollers, and sorrow songs that have been left out of conventional history books. All of them are defined by the repeated message of tenacity and hope. “We always knew how to bring upon joy,” she says. “It’s what happens when joy is co-opted from us. We have always been very inventive and strong, and this strength allows us to continue and dig deep, and to read about those that came before us and preserve what’s powerful.