Love & Lumumba

by Ian Keteku

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Love and Lumumba is the sophomore album by internationally acclaimed spoken word poet Ian Keteku.

We all know what it feels like to fight for love, the love of anything. We all know the feeling of losing that fight, as though it is dying quickly before us. It is necessarily human to know love, pain and the politics of emotion simultaneously.

Love and Lumumba is a narrative soundscape of spoken word poetry caressed by future-beat electronic melodies. Themes of revolution, race, lust and loss are all explored throughout the album. The sound is a genre-bending amalgamation of down-tempo instrumentals with thought-provoking lyrics. Inspiring a new genre of sound Ian Keteku calls “Poetronica” (Poetry + Electonica).

“The album travels through eons of time and space, exploring the struggle and joy of being human. It implores the listener to examine the state of their own politics, the nature of their own heart and imagine a future worth fighting for.”

Love and Lumumba follows in the lineage of Afrofuturism, a philosophy of imagining possible futures through a black cultural lens.

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released February 11, 2015

TRACKS 1, 6, 9, 12 PRODUCED BY DRIFTNOTE • PIANO ON TRACK 12 COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY ARLEN YANCH • TRACKS 2, 3, 4, 11 PRODUCED BY PHILOSOFLY • TRACKS 5, 7 PRODUCED BY BIRKWIN JERSEY • TRACK 8 COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE FOR MUSK OX • LOVE AND JIHAD QUOTES BY VICTOR HERNANDEZ CRUZ • RECORDED BY SIMON LAROCHETTE AT THE SUGAR SHACK (LONDON, ON)
MASTERED BY PHILIP VICTOR BOVA AT BOVA STUDIOS (OTTAWA)

ARTWORK & DESIGN BY JOSH FUREY • 3D MODEL BY BRUNO LAURENCICH

© COPYRIGHT 2015 IAN KETEKU

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Ian Keteku

Ian Keteku is somewhat of a renaissance man when it comes to story telling. He is a poet, journalist, musician, amongst other things. This award winning artist is committed to using words as both an interpretation and cure for the human condition. Keteku is also the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion. ... more

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