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Saturday To-Do: 'Sounds of Liberation'

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'SOUNDS OF LIBERATION'
8 p.m., Cotham's in the City. $10

A music, word and visual art event described as “an aural baptism,” “Sounds of Liberation” will try to pack a lot of talent in Cotham's event space. New Orleans poet, emcee, singer and intellectual Sunni Patterson has taken her brand of socially conscious song and poetry everywhere from the Def Comedy Jam stage to Ghana's Panafest. Jumping from language to language and spoken word to song, she points her verses at political, racial and sexual hypocrisy with hugely clever barbs and hyper-aware twists that'll send people from claps to gasps at the turn of a phrase. Velvet Kente, if you're a regular reader of this section, should be familiar to you as one of the best bands in the state. If you haven't seen them in a while, come out if only for one of their new tracks, “Shalom, Salaam.” Songs, they don't come much better. Memphis poet FW Love and local jazz singer Ramona Smith support, while emcees Osyrus and Epiphany emcee.

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