Brother Ali and Immortal Technique have announced the 26-show “War & Peace Tour.” Their tour opens September 5 at the Mateel Community Center at Redway, California and wraps October 5 at the New York area stop of Rock The Bells. The “War & Peace Tour” includes stops at all four Rock The Bells sites. 

Given the political edge of both rappers’ work, it was natural for Brother Ali and Immortal Technique to align for the “War & Peace Tour.” “It’s important that we make this alliance to affirm the notion that Hip Hop music and culture will forever be linked to the people and conditions that birthed it,” says Brother Ali, who released his Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color album in 2012. “We’re deeply committed to allowing the music to build community and fight for justice…Immortal Technique and his crew are like family to me.”

Harlem emcee Immortal Technique was born in Lima, Peru. After having progressed through the ranks of New York battle rap and finding success as a recording artist, Immortal Technique has become widely known for his voice of revolution and social activism. He released the award-winning film The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique on DVD in 2012 and is working on his fourth studio album, The Middle Passage.

“When I was a kid, I had a master teacher instruct me in martial arts,” Immortal Technique says. “My master said to me, ‘While you’re smoking weed, someone is running miles. While you’re playing video games, someone is practicing Kata. While you’re hanging out in the street with your friends, someone is doing push ups. And when you and this person meet, he’s going to fuckin’ destroy you.’ So while you’re reading this, we’re doing push ups, running miles and practicing. See you soon.”

During the “War & Peace Tour,” Immortal Technique and Brother Ali will be joined by Diabolic and I Self Devine, as well as other guests. The tour will be hosted by Poison Pen.

“The War & Peace Tour” itinerary is as follows: 

09.05  Redway, CA  Mateel Community Center

09.06  Santa Cruz, CA  The Catalyst

09.07  San Bernardino, CA  Rock The Bells

09.09  Reno, NV  Cargo @ Whitney Peak

09.10  Fresno, CA  Strummer’s

09.11  San Luis Obispo, CA  SLO Brewing Company

09.12  Ventura, CA  Ventura Theatre

09.14  San Francisco, CA  Rock The Bells

09.15  San Diego, CA  WorldBeat Cultural Center

09.16  Tempe, AZ  Club Red

09.17  Albuquerque, NM  Sunshine Theater

09.18  Denver, CO  Gothic Theatre

09.20  Omaha, NE  The Waiting Room

09.21  Madison, WI  Barrymore Theatre

09.22  Chicago, IL  Metro

09.24  Detroit, MI  St. Andrews Hall

09.25  Covington, KY  The Madison Theater

09.26  Indianapolis, IN  The Vogue

09.27  Pittsburgh, PA  Altar Bar

09.28  Washington, DC  Rock The Bells

09.29  Philadelphia, PA  Theatre of the Living Arts

10.01  Boston, MA  The Paradise

10.02  New Haven, CT  Toad’s Place

10.03  Northampton, MA  Pearl Street 

10.04  Burlington, VT  Higher Ground

10.05  New York, NY  Rock The Bells

UPDATE: Brother Ali has released a promotional video for the tour through Rhymesayers Entertainment’s YouTube page. In the video, which can be seen below, Ali discusses his excitement for the tour, which begins September 5. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime tour,” Ali says in the clip. 

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