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Reverend Sekou


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TICKETS ARE FREE (registration is required) for this dynamic homecoming concert and live EP taping.

Fayetteville Roots Festival & University of Arkansas Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education Present:

Rev. Sekou's music is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar. In May 2017, he released "In Times Like These” produced the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars. AFROPUNK heralded the ”deep bone-marrow-level conviction” of his first album, “The Revolution Has Come”. The single, “We Comin'”--was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

An accomplished author, Rev. Sekou's forthcoming books include: The Task of the Artist in the Times of Monsters (Chalice Press). A consummate entertainer, Paste Studio celebrated his barn-burning performance saying: "Rev. Sekou delivers the spiritual performance we need now."

"I am honored to be returning home to perform for the first time. It is an added blessing to record live EP at the flagship of Arkansas education, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. The blues of the Arkansas Delta courses through my veins. I was raised in the Arkansas Delta in the 11 house hamlet of Zent, which only had about 35 residents. My grandfather Richard Braselman played piano for two Arkansas's greatest sons, Albert King and Louis Jordan. My other grandfather Elder James Thomas was a pentecostal preacher as am I. He preached in churches as the godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe riffed on the electric guitar. All that I am ever hope to be was natured in the holy soil of Arkansas. " - Reverend Sekou

This concert is part the outreach programs of the Fayetteville Roots Festival and the University of Arkansas Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education. Special suport provided by the Walton Family Foundation via a community programs grant to the Fayetteville Roots Festival.