Shabazz Places’ one-off DJ show confirmed for University of the Underground’s Thanksgiving show

Shabazz Palaces

The University of the Underground will host a special Thanksgiving celebration at Amsterdam’s De Marktkantine on 22 November.

Entitled Agora Club II: Thrill Demeter, the night will combine live music with drag and spoken word, with ticket sales going towards supporting free, transnational postgraduate education around the world.

The stellar line-up includes a special DJ set from Ishmael Butler and Tendai “Baba” Maraire of Seattle hip-hop experimentalists Shabazz Palaces, as well as a DJ set from Fay Milton from Savages, and a performance from spoken word rapper Otis Mensah. Hosted by American underground drag performer Peaches Christ, the night’s events encompass a Thanksgiving dinner, a vogue ball and a programme of talks from leading artists, activists, composers and researchers across a multitude of academic and creative fields. The event is Agora’s second incarnation, with the first being a successful summer party featuring performances from Peaches and Sounds of Sisso.

The University of the Underground is a charity that funds the world’s first free postgraduate university. What makes the project unique are their fundamental objectives of democratising public education, teaching new and progressive learning practices, and promoting awareness of sociopolitical issues of the underground. It supports unconventional research and practices that apprehend and challenge the formulation of culture. Despite being based in Amsterdam, the charity has an international outlook, currently nurturing other tuition-free global initiatives.

Head here for more information and tickets.