THURSDAY 9/26. 8 p.m. South on Main. $28-$36.
The formal introduction that opens Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou’s Tiny Desk Concert for NPR goes as follows: “My name is Rev. Sekou and these are the Seal Breakers. Now they from Brooklyn, but I was raised in a little old place called Zent, Arkansas, that’s got about 11 houses and 35 people, and they’ll work from can’t-see morning to can’t-see night and then they’d make their way to the juke joint. And then early Sunday morning they’d make their way to the church house.” The 20-minute set covers all that and then some, with the diminutive reverend at the center — shouting, wailing, pleading and preaching over a muted trumpet, his background singers repeating “Say my name” as he sings responsively “Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, India Clarke … .” Rev. Sekou is the next in Oxford American’s “Archetypes & Troubadours” series (see oxfordamerican.org/events for tickets and details), and he comes to the stage with some formidable experiences. He’s put out a debut solo album produced by the North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson and a Lebanon-set documentary film called “Exiles in the Promised Land.” He’s been engaged in (and arrested for) acts of nonviolent civil disobedience in Ferguson, Mo., and Charlottesville, N.C. He’s served as a delegate to the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia in 2010. Asked about his leadership by Yes Magazine, though, he demurred, saying: “I am not a leader in this movement; I am a follower. I take my orders from 23-year-old queer women. … The leadership that is emerging are the folks who have been in the street, who have been tear-gassed. … It’s a revolutionary aesthetic. It’s black women, queer women, single mothers, poor black boys with records, kids with tattoos on their faces who sag their pants.” Hallelujah and amen to that.