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Listen: M. Lamar Confronts the Black Psyche and Sexuality with Haunting Operatic Spirituals

Amy Scott-Samuel

M. Lamar combines the ecstatic mood of spirituals with the dark intensity of downtown punk theater, creating songs that address issues of his African-American heritage, American history, and today's social and gender politics. He accompanies his operatic soprano voice with piano and electronic ambiance, providing beauty, drama, confrontation, and catharsis. M. Lamar's new music event Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche will be presented at La Mama this month. Listen to his voice.

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