Samora Pinderhughes was born a mixed-race kid in the Bay Area–a hotbed of revolutionary organizing and incredible music & art that immediately seeped into his soul. He started playing music at two years old, and became serious about making music his life after living in Cuba studying spiritual musical traditions. He moved to NYC to study at Juilliard and, with the help of his mentors, Samora eventually began to create his very own unique style: a combination of striking intimacy and carefully crafted, radically honest lyrics with lush, immersive music, maximalist visual storytelling and high levels of concept.
He’s collaborated and performed with many artists across boundaries and scenes including Common, Robert Glasper & Karriem Riggins, Sara Bareilles, Daveed Diggs, Herbie Hancock, and many more. Samora is currently pursuing a PHD in Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry under mentor Vijay Iyer at Harvard University.
Samora has increasingly sought to inspire solidarity among communities dealing with different oppressive circumstances, particularly around immigrant detention and mass incarceration – seeing the similarities both in lived experience and structurally within the carceral state. He is a member of Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay’s Blackout for Human Rights, Common’s nonprofit Imagine Justice, Unbound Philanthropy & Art For Justice, among others.
His Black Spring EP is co-produced by Jack DeBoe and inspired by the revolutionary energy of 1960’s songwriters, and looks to reflect the questions and anger that people are feeling during these times of uncertainty and chaos. The title Black Spring describes an energy of uprising: a time for action, a time for flourishing and moving forward with revolutionary spirit. Each of the four songs on the EP delves into a different aspect of what we’re dealing with right now, and the truths we have to speak up about.