Shabazz Palaces Artist Profile | AAE Music
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Years Active: 2009–present
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153.3KListeners

Shabazz Palaces are percussionist Tendai Maraire and Ishmael Butler, formerly of Digable Planets and Cherrywine. Working now under the moniker Palaceer Lazaro, Ishmael provides the group’s vision and vocals, while Tendai employs ancient instruments from his homeland Zimbabwe.

After releasing several recordings themselves on small time labels, in 2010 they contracted to release an ep with Sub Pop and have collaborated in recordings and on stage with artists such as MC Silk, and THEESatisfaction.

They deliver sincere and radical lyrics with sounds and beats that include sounds from around the world. Containing echos of funk, minor-key jazz, London dubstep and mbira sounds they structure their songs outside the 16-bars/chorus/repeat form of much hip hop.

Their music won them the first ever Music Genius award from The Stranger in 2010.The group which also features mixing engineer Erik Blood, often dress in elaborate costumes and masks for their live performances.

For Butler, who never stopped making music since he released his classic album by Digable Planets , ''Blowout Comb'', Shabazz palaces is his latest place to play with ideas. Those ideas have always been simultaneously global in their expansiveness and basement ceiling low in their commitment to hip-hop’s bottom line.

Their video for Belhaven Meridian is a one-shot bw music video, shot in Watts, LA, homage to the 1977 classic film Killer of Sheep, a film set around the Watts Riots. It features a cameo by Ernest Wadell from The Wire.

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Shabazz Palaces performs electronic, hip-hop, experimental music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book Shabazz Palaces for your event, Please Contact. Shabazz Palaces has more than 153.3K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Ratking, clipping., Flying Lotus, Cities Aviv, Open Mike Eagle, Kool A.D., Busdriver, Billy Woods, Madvillain . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shabazz Palaces for an upcoming event.

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