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Little Simz
“[Little Simz’s] captivating wordplay and dramatic instrumentals have made her one of the most exciting hip-hop acts in recent memory.”
Paste Magazine
Sun, May 22, 2022
Little Simz

Little Simz
Javon Jackson with Special Guest Nikki Giovanni

Part of Spring 2022
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the May 22 performance of Little Simz with Javon Jackson and special guest Nikki Giovanni has been canceled.
We are working to reschedule these incredible artists and will reach out as soon as more information becomes available.

First and foremost, Little Simz, born Simbi Ajikawo, is a storyteller. The London-based, British-Nigerian rapper, singer, and actress is among the most vital forces in hip-hop, shaping the genre’s future far beyond its American origins. After years of touring international clubs and and festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury, she makes her BAM debut with a one-night performance marked by her trademark “minimal, grandstanding grime cuts and staccato, trap-influenced flexes” (The Guardian). Since her early underground releases, including a 2014 mixtape supported by Jay-Z’s Life+Times website when she was 19 years old, Simz has captivated audiences with her intelligence, creativity, and fiercely independent spirit. Her immersive, brilliantly constructed music video for “Point and Kill”—a single from her fourth full-length album, 2021’s Sometimes I Might Be Introvert—transports the viewer within a lush, Afrobeat-laden cinemascape. Its reflective lyrics, written during the pandemic lockdown, drive a narrative more relevant than ever.

Renowned activist and poet Nikki Giovvani joins internationally acclaimed saxophonist-composer Javon Jackson and his jazz quartet for a performance of their 2022 musical collaboration, The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni. Giovanni, who curated the album’s ten tracks—including a buoyant calypso version of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” among other African American spirituals and gospel hymns—is the winner of seven NAACP Image Awards, a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album, a National Book Award finalist, and one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends.” Of the songs she selected for Jackson, chair of the University of Hartford’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz Studies, she says, “They comforted people through times of slavery, and during recent years we needed them to comfort us again.” For a rendition of “Night Song,” a composition recorded by her close friend, the late Nina Simone, Giovanni joins as vocalist.

Tue Jan 25
BAM Members & Patrons
Wed Jan 26
General Public


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All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

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Sunday May 22, 2022
Performances no longer available.

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