Yes the Black Dante deigns to grace UK shores with his presence for a lengthy tour and will most definitely be appearing at the following O2 Academies. No doubt looking for an ecstatic reception…
Mos Def – UK Tour dates:
13.04.10 Glasgow – O2 Academy (£25, available 12pm Fri 12th Feb) CANCELLED
13.04.10 London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
14.04.10 Bristol – O2 Academy (£25, available now)
15.04.10 London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£25.50, available now)
(PRESS RELEASE) This April sees a true modern-day, multi-talented, multi-media icon hit the UK for an un-missable series of very special, exclusive live performances in London, Bristol and Glasgow! Not content with being one of the most important figures in Hip Hop music and culture, Mos Def has established himself as both a respected mc and poet as well as an award-winning actor. During a prolific music career spanning just over a decade he has worked with an illustrious list of artists including Talib Kweli, The Roots, Robert Glasper, De La Soul, The Neptunes and Madlib to name but a few. Somehow in all this time he has also managed to fit in roles in TV series and films as diverse as House, Monster’s Ball, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind.
His recent appearance in Gorillaz’ new single suggests he isn’t about to slow down any time soon. Yet despite – or maybe because – all this activity, Mos Def has delivered just four full solo albums in this period. His latest offering, ‘The Ecstatic’, marks a return to the characteristics that made him stand out with his iconic first solo album ‘Black On Both Sides’. Released in mid-2009, ‘The Ecstatic’ sees Mos Def combining clever intricate wordplay, heartfelt lyrics – in Spanish even – and sung choruses riding over a myriad samples from Turkey, India, Brazil and beyond. Making the end of year lists left right and center ‘The Ecstatic’ was one of the Hip Hop highlights of 2009 and shows Mos Def at his best.
Mos Def will be touring the UK in April showcasing material from ‘The Ecstatic’ for the first time in the UK as well as classics from his repertoire. This is a very rare opportunity to see him performing the UK: one you just don’t want to miss.
Praise for The Ecstatic:
“Impeccable.” Observer Music Monthly
“Mos is back on form. (Album of the month)” Echo
“Looks like we finally found the Mos Def we were waiting for.” Pitchfork
“This year’s finest Hip Hop album.” Uncut
“Exhilarating listening.” Q