Dessa, “The Man I Knew”

MN Original is proud to present DESSA: A Minnesota Original Music Special, premiering Sunday, March 27 at 10pm on tpt-2.

In this sneak preview, Dessa and her ensemble perform a new flamenco-inspired song, “The Man I Knew” at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Writer, rapper, singer, and member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, Dessa is a musical force to be reckoned with. Her poetic lyrics and verbal agility have put her on top-ten lists across the country. Robert Christgau, the “Dean of American Rock Critics” compared her to “an old-fashioned high-quality singer-songwriter like Joni Mitchell or Rosanne Cash — just one who’s decided that hip-hop beats, tolerantly and inclusively conceived, are a modern lyricist’s most effective delivery system”.

Dessa is one of seven local artists commissioned by the Cedar in partnership with the Jerome Foundation to create new music in collaboration with other local musicians. Dessa takes the stage with Heiruspecs bassist Sean McPherson, vocalists Mankwe Ndosi and Aby Wolf, drummer J.T. Bates and others, for her latest tour de force. Learn more about the 416 Club series.

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