with ANKHLEJOHN, Anexis., M.o.R., and Addison Free

Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$12 / $15



Songbyrd Presents

Thursday January 16, 2020


MAVI calls himself a “stakeholder to the people.” He believes what he wants most in life — the liberation of Black people — will be obtained when Black people are “fully tapped into the power of their bodies and values of their minds.” On “terms & conditions” — the first track on his debut album, Let The Sun Talk, released October 18 — his vision of Black liberation is explained in just ten words. He wants Black people to finally be able to enjoy the benefits of centuries of exploitative labor and to be able to cultivate a culture that can both support and unite Black people across the world.

For some, the admissions on the intro would serve sufficient, checking a box on a to-do list for including pro-Black messaging. But for MAVI, it’s simply the abstract of the drama in three acts that is Let The Sun Talk. He wants to make it clear why he stands for those principles. He isn’t afraid to be vulnerable about the strains that going to college in a different state has on his relationships with family and his fears of failing as an artist. In the album’s 33 minutes, you learn so much about the rapper born Omavi Minder and leave with many more questions.