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A Jazz Funeral for Uncle Tom

by Harmony Holiday

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Harmony Holiday performs a live improvisational reading (at Montez Press Radio in NYC) accompanied to a musical playlist curated for this audiobook version of Holiday's new ritual book “A Jazz Funeral for Uncle Tom” from Birds, LLC: www.birdsllc.com/catalog/a-jazz-funeral-for-uncle-tom

This is the audio version of the ritual that is Harmony’s new collection of poems "A Jazz Funeral for Uncle Tom." The acoustics of a soul’s exile and return, the revolved way blackness protects our shadow world from hysteria and allows it to be a space of cleansing, healing, dance, and song without entertainment. Sacred Black traditions are the sole spaces we have to explore our creativity privately, without being expected to script, perform, and package it for global consumption so that we become customers of black death ourselves. This piece explores what it might be like in a landscape without those deeply embedded market pressures, while also capturing the constant din of commodification that interrupts our customs, costumes them in mutual suspicion until we don’t trust ourselves with them. Holiday offers a sonic space where this self-doubt can be healed through a procession of the music and voices that inspired the book and are the soundtrack for it.

**100% of proceeds go directly to the artist Harmony Holiday, for the express purpose of starting a Black Audio Book Collective and reprint press of Amiri Baraka's Jihad Productions***


released July 14, 2020


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