"Sense..." - The Auspicious & Timely Return of The Adodi Muse: A Gay Negro Ensemble

Album Cover For Ain't Got Sense Enuf to be 'Shamed (2004) by The Adodi Muse: A Gay Negro Ensemble (Pictured L to R Anthony Antoine, Duncan Teague and Malik M.L. Williams)

Album Cover For Ain't Got Sense Enuf to be 'Shamed (2004) by The Adodi Muse: A Gay Negro Ensemble (Pictured L to R Anthony Antoine, Duncan Teague and Malik M.L. Williams)

 

There's always a point when you don't feel equipped enough to do the thing you're being asked to do, and you do it anyway.

I sat in the training room at the Phillip Rush Center with Duncan Teague and discussed many things - health, community, art. He sat back in his chair and said "The Adodi Muse is coming back." I nearly leapt out of my seat! I'd been introduced to The Adodi Muse: A Gay Negro Ensemble only a couple of years earlier by Charles Stephens. I also learned that they hadn't performed for close to a decade and their album Ain't Got Sense Enuf to be 'Shamed had just turned 11 years old. Poignant and relevant I was engulfed into the sound of The Adodi Muse's brand of unapologetically radical gay spoken word.

I was able to gather with Duncan Teague, Anthony Antoine and new member Holiday Simmons to create. I am grateful that The Adodi Muse invited me in to document the behind the scenes process as they got ready to perform on February 18, 2017 at ZAMI NOBLA's Audre Lorde Scholarship Brunch.