Funk it up with Detroit's purveyors of justice and jams, Mollywop, at Northern Lights Lounge

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PIPER CARTER
  • Piper Carter

Detroit’s Mollywop has been funkin’ up the stage since 2014. Led by guitarist and vocalist Malik Yakini, the 10-piece ensemble, known for its energetic peace- and love-infused live shows, released its debut record, Stand Up, this past summer. The record serves as a celebration (“Rock That Funky Beat”) and a call to action (“No Justice No Peace”), with moments of sharp-tongued levity packed with Mollywop’s seamless blend of hip-hop, funk, soul, and reggae. “Everyone is struggling to survive/ this hard times it ain’t right/ Fighting day after day/ like we’re still slavin’/ I’ here to tell you, you, and you/ this shit is over/ dumb fuckery,” Yakini declares on “Dumb Fuckery,” a short spoken-word track that collapses much of what makes Mollywop great — poetry you can dance and protest to.

Doors open at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Northern Lights Lounge; 660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit; 313-873-1739; northernlightslounge.com. Tickets are $10.




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