Brother Ali: New Album, North American Tour


Fully recharged and inspired by his eye-opening first trip to Mecca, the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East, and the world wide Occupy movements, Brother Ali is prepared to unveil his fourth full-length offering Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Created during a self-imposed two-month exile in Seattle and helmed by platinum-selling producer Jake One (50 Cent, T.I., Wiz Khalifa), the album presents a scathing yet honest critique of America and its many flaws while simultaneously presenting a hopeful outlook of its possibilities. Listen to the title track below.

Actualizing hip-hop's full range of motion as a gauge for the times, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color asserts itself as the definitive soundtrack of a disenchanted, disenfranchised, and wildly optimistic citizenry during a landmark period in American history. In a moment of artistic preemptive strike, Brother Ali recognized this prime opportunity to examine and address the underpinnings of the burgeoning stance of mass opposition:

"This is not just a new album, but a new chapter. There's a kind of democratic reawakening in people at this point in time. I was really looking to take these topics and really hit them hard. To try to open ears and hearts and invite people to take some action and feel empowered. To be engaged and take some agency and responsibility for what’s going on in the world."

On September 12, Brother Ali and friends will kick off his promotional North American tour appropriately entitled, "Mourning in America". The 38 show dates start and end on the beautiful California coastline but will hit every major city from Dallas, Texas to Vancouver, Canada. Ali will be accompanied by his new band, Blank Tape Beloved, a 5 piece ensemble that incorporates Jake One's thundering drums with a powerhouse horn section, keys and guitar.


  • 01. Letter To My Countrymen feat. Dr. Cornel West
  • 02. Only Life I Know
  • 03. Stop The Press
  • 04. Mourning In America
  • 05. Gather Round feat. Amir Sulaiman
  • 06. Work Everyday
  • 07. Need a Knot
  • 08. Won More Hit
  • 09. Say Amen
  • 10. Fajr
  • 11. Namesake
  • 12. All You Need
  • 13. My Beloved feat. Choklate and Tone Trezure
  • 14. Singing This Song

    Brother Ali Tour Dates

  • 08.18.12 Bond, CO Find Your Way Fest
  • 08.29.12 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair - MPR Broadcast Booth
  • 09.12.12 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company
  • 09.13.12 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
  • 09.14.12 La Jolla, CA Porter's Pub
  • 09.15.12 Tempe, AZ Club Red
  • 09.16.12 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
  • 09.17.12 Dallas, TX Trees
  • 09.18.12 Austin, TX The Mohawk
  • 09.20.12 Birmingham, AL Bottletree Cafe
  • 09.21.12 Atlanta, GA 529
  • 09.22.12 Orlando, FL The Social
  • 09.23.12 Fort Lauderdale, FL, US Culture Room
  • 09.25.12 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
  • 09.26.12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
  • 09.27.12 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
  • 09.28.12 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
  • 09.29.12 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
  • 09.30.12 Toronto, ON The Annex Wreckroom
  • 10.02.12 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
  • 10.03.12 Chicago, IL Metro
  • 10.04.12 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
  • 10.05.12 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
  • 10.09.12 Iowa City, IA Gabe's
  • 10.10.12 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
  • 10.11.12 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
  • 10.12.12 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
  • 10.13.12 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
  • 10.15.12 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
  • 10.17.12 Seattle, WA Neumos
  • 10.18.12 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo
  • 10.19.12 Vancouver, BC VENUE
  • 10.20.12 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
  • 10.21.12 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
  • 10.23.12 Reno, NV CARGO
  • 10.24.12 Arcata, CA Humboldt State University
  • 10.25.12 San Francisco, CA The FIllmore
  • 10.26.12 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
  • 10.27.12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
  • 10.30.12 Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones
  • 11.29.12 Sacramento, CA Sacramento State University Union Ballroom

    Brother Ali Tour Dates :: Brother Ali News


    [Published on: 8/16/12]

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