Abdu Ali aka dj ABDU ALI, is an independent music artist, writer, DJ, podcast host, and multimedia arts curator based in Baltimore. Ali has released five musical projects, all notable for their idiosyncratic blend of punk, futurism, jazz, Baltimore Club Music, and rap music, with lyrics yielding poetic uprise to to interrogate ideas of identity as well as narrate and promote individual and collective liberation from oppressive ideologies and systems. Through their work as a rapper, curator, op eds, and outspokenness via social media/interviews Ali, has been elected as a radical underground Baltimore music and cultural figure. Ali, is also the founder of Kahlon, an iconic underground party that radicalized the artistic climate and made space for marginalized musicians in Baltimore. Unapologetically black and queer, Abdu Ali’s work is bold, raw, and most importantly life-affirming.
Abdu has done several tours across the U.S. and Europe, and through their energetic visceral performances, spiritualizing audiences, they have been anointed as a cosmic, punk, and soulful tempest on stage. Abdu live performances are now accompanied by drummer Josh Stokes. They have shared stages with notable music acts like the Sun Ra Arkestra, Mykki Blanco, Busdriver, Dan Deacon, Lower Dens, Blaqstarr, FKA TWIGS, and has been covered internationally by the NY Times Complex, AfroPunk, Saint Heron, Noisey, The Fader, Mask Magazine, Subbacultcha, Les InRocks, Tracks Arte TV, and many more. Abdu Ali is currently working on their debut album, DJing club music from Baltimore and the African diaspora, and their new podcast drumBOOTY.
Mx. Ali’s spiritual lyrics (“I am the universe's mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, daughter, son / Am I the Holy Spirit? Who Am I?”) transform performances into sermons of sorts, which draw on a Methodist upbringing but allow audience members to meditate and feel as close to whatever one may define as God. - New York Times
Abdu Ali, breakout star of what might be called Baltimore club music’s fourth
wave. — THE FADER
Ali spits with deep, deity-like vocal effects...while mind-bending synths add to
the dystopian feel of it all. — NOISEY
Abdu Ali is challenging the stereotypes in the rap community. — NOW THIS ENT