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Indie hip-hop artist Dessa heads to the Ninth Ward

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blog by Kathryn Przybyla  • 

She’s got a sound like no one else.

Often described as a mix between Mos Def and Dorothy Parker, Dessa will be performing in Buffalo at 8 p.m. on April 30 at the Ninth Ward. The indie hip-hop emcee and writer has an incredible way with words, many times flowing between soulful lyrics and quick rhymes.

“Dessa’s first full-length record, ‘A Badly Broken Code,’ introduced her to a national audience as a rapper, a singer and a potent, imaginative lyricist. It earned a binder of superlative reviews from sources like NPR, the Seattle Times, and AM New York. To tour the album, she assembled a small cast of talented instrumentalists to re-interpret the disc for a dynamic live concert. Part rap show and part cabaret, the elegant presentation charmed both audiences and critics—not a negligible feat in hip hop, a genre with its share of purists,” according to Babeville.

Tickets to see Dessa live at the Ninth Ward are on sale for $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and can be purchased through Tickets.com or the Babeville box office.

Her latest record, “Parts of Speech” is out on June 25 and includes tracks that you can boom out of a car window and has been described as “boasting a beat like Azealia Banks playing Pacman, which provides a background for her confident, hypnotic flow.”

“This record involves multiple narratives. It explores the same themes of love, loss, connection and communion as a lot of my work, but the angle and lens through which they’re explored sets this album apart from my previous ones,” Dessa said in a recent interview. “The production techniques were new for me too — we spent a lot of time crafting a record that could include live players, Doomtree production and sometimes a blend of the two.”

Check out her video for “Dixon’s Girl” below.

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