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AACM Great Black Music Ensemble pay tribute to vocalist Saalik Ziyad

Conducted by Ernest Dawkins, AACM’s new live recording features Ben LaMar Gay, the late Saalik Ziyad, and others

A new live recording of AACM Great Black Music Ensemble at the Currency Exchange Cafe on 7 January 2018 has been released by the association’s label. The set pays tribute to vocalist Saalik Ziyad, who died on 12 February, aged 40. On the night the recording was made, Ziyad contributed keys, effects and vocals. “This recording is now a tribute to the life of featured vocalist Saalik Ziyad, who unexpectedly left this earth this year,” says Kevin Johnson, formerly of Chicago's Delmark Records. “Devastatingly sad news, but the beautiful and powerful music lives on.”

Led by Ernest Dawkins, AACM’s line-up features Maggie Brown, Taalib-Din Ziyad, Art Turk Burton, Micah Collier, Jeremiah Collier, Jerome Croswell, Ben LaMar Gay, Ed House and Adam Zanolini.

The group currently perform from 5–7pm on the first Sunday of each month at Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank.

Live At The Currency Exchange Cafe Volume 1 is out now.