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Ancient Futuristic

by Sunni Patterson

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Recorded in 2015. Started with me beating on my chest, finger snaps, spoons on tapping on bottles, breath, etc. From there, the great producer, Wonder Arillo, poured his magic. We kept elements of the "foundational beat", which you can still hear throughout the track. It hasn't been mixed or mastered!

If you made your way here because of the Algiers Ancestor Festival video, thanks for coming by! If you haven't seen the recap video from the festival, you should see it ( youtu.be/B3exHtnC9xE). I just knew too much time had passed, and I needed to put this work out in the world. Prayerfully, you enjoy...even in its "incompletion."

💛Ancestral love and protection💛

*dedicated to my father, Charles D. Patterson, Jr. and my spiritual brother, Wali "Zin" Aqueel.

Cover Art: painting by Elizabeth Arias (Iyanifa Ifamutimi)


Ancient Futuristic
Divine Linguistics
Odu, Medu Neter, Akashic Records
We got soul!

Holy Hieroglyphics
We speak in codes
Adinkra symbols
Less traveled roads
They looked for me
Searched here and there
Fooled them all
I'm everywhere!

Cooling waters
Machete sharp
Honey pots
Body made of stars
Goddess grandeur is all I know
Maat feathers golden flow
Just meet me at the river
Watch me work
Watch me work
Watch me work
Meet me a crossroads
Watch me work
Watch me work
Or pouring rain
Lighting strike
It's all the same
Ocean deep
Or Mountain high
Violet flame

Watch me work!
(Sunni Patterson)


released February 2, 2022
Sunni Patterson, Wonder Arillo


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Sunni Patterson New Orleans, Louisiana

More than a poet, more than a singer, more than an emcee--it's not just what she says, it's how she says it.  Emerging from the musical womb that is New Orleans, Mother, Wife, Artist and Visionary, Sunni Patterson, combines the heritage and tradition of her Native town with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove. ... more

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