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Mollywop! Staff Pick

When: Sat., Nov. 30, 9 p.m. 2019
Price: $10
Detroit’s Mollywop has been funkin’ up the stage since 2014. Led by guitarist and vocalist Malik Yakini, the 10-piece ensemble, known for its energetic peace- and love-infused live shows, released its debut record, Stand Up this past summer. The record serves as a celebration (“Rock that Funky Beat”) and a call to action (“No Justice No Peace”), with moments of sharp-tongued levity packed with Mollywop’s seamless blend of hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae. “Everyone is struggling to survive/ this hard times it ain’t right/ Fighting day after day/ like we’re still slavin’/ I’ here to tell you, you and you/ this shit is over/ dumb fuckery,” Yakini declares on “Dumb Fuckery,” a short spoken-word track that collapses much of what makes Mollywop great — poetry you can dance and protest to.

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