When Tune-Yards first hit the scene with their 2009 album, 'Bird-brains,' you could hear that some songs pulled sounds, melodies and rhythms from African music traditions. Their 2018 album, ‘I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life,’ was written after frontwoman Merill Garbus took a six-month workshop on race. You can hear the effects of that workshop on the track, “Colonizer.”
With all that in mind, for Live on KEXP At Home, Larry Mizell Jr. chatted with Garbus about the work she’s done on race, on appropriation vs. inspiration and Tune-Yards' most recent album, released March 26th, called 'Sketchy.'
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