Omni Sound has announced the new album My Words Are Music: A Celebration of Sun Ra’s Poetry. Out August 25, it features recitations of the late jazz icon Sun Ra’s poems by those he worked with and inspired, including Knoell Scott, Tara Middleton, L’Rain, Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Abiodun Oyewole (of the Last Poets), Melani Charles, and more. The Sun Arkestra’s Marshall Allen also performs kora on the album. Hear Saul Williams’ reading of “When Angels Speak” below.

My Words Are Music: A Celebration of Sun Ra’s Poetry:

01 Marshall Allen: “EVI Introduction”
02 Saul Williams: “When Angels Speak”
03 Mahogany L. Browne: “Circle Eternity”
04 Anthony Joseph: “The Three Dimensions of Air” 
05 Melanie Charles: “[Anything can give up its life]”
06 Abiodun Oyewole: “Somebody Else’s Idea”
07 Tara Middleton: “I Have Forgotten”
08 Jive Poetic: “Flight”
09 L’Rain: “Love in Outer Space”
10 Tunde Adebimpe: “The Endless Realm”
11 Zakia Sewell: “The Cosmic Age”
12 Cal Hancock Rux: “Sun-Day”
13 Knoel Scott / Marshall Allen: “The Melody of Air”
14 Anthony Joseph: “The Invisible Giants”
15 L’Rain: “I Deal in Souls”
16 Tunde Adebimpe :“Black Prince Charming”
17 Mahogany L. Browne: “Message to Black Youth”
18 Jive Poetic: “Nothing Is”
19 Melanie Charles: “The Friends of Skill”
20 Saul Williams: “The Outer Darkness”
21 Zakia Sewell: “If I Told You”
22 Carl Hancock Rux: “The Void”
23 Knoel Scott / Marshall Allen: “The Neglected Plane of Wisdom”

Sun Ra album cover


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