Brother Ali Spreads His ‘Own Light’

With his first new album in five years coming soon, Brother Ali is taking Sa-Roc, Last Word, and Sol Messiah on the road as special guests for a tour of the U.S. and Canada.

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– Brother Ali
Snowball Music Festival, Sports Authority Field At Mile High, Denver, Colo.

“The Own Light Tour” runs just over a month, from May 2 in Omaha, Neb., until June 7 in Toronto, with one festival appearance scheduled at Soundset in Saint Paul, Minn.,  May 28.

The new Brother Ali album, All the Beauty in This Whole Life will drop May 5 through Rhymesayers Entertainment. The whole thing was produced by fellow Rhymesayer Ant of Atmosphere. Of the push, Ali said: “Each of my albums are the result of the pain, growth and eventual healing that I experience. This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth. Beauty in all of its forms is the outward manifestation of love and virtue. It soothes the soul and pulls it gently toward the truth it communicates.”

Check out the single “Own Light (What Hearts Are For)” off the new album:

The Minneapolis native is albino, legally blind and converted to Islam at age 15, so he has walked a unique path in his life, and his rhymes focus on social justice and political activism. 

Here are the dates:

May 2 – Omaha, Neb., The Waiting Room
May 5 – Denver, Colo., Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
May 6 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The Grand @ The Complex
May 8 – Portland, Ore., Hawthorne Theatre
May 9 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Fortune Sound Club
May 10 – Seattle, Wash., Neumos
May 12 – Oakland, Calif., The New Parish
May 13 – Fresno, Calif., Strummer’s
May 15 – San Diego, Calif., Observatory North Park
May 16 – Los Angeles, Calif., El Rey Theatre
May 17 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory
May 19 – Mesa, Ariz., Club Red Theaters
May 20 – Albuquerque, N.M., Launchpad
May 22 – St. Louis, Mo., Firebird
May 24 – Chicago, Ill., Metro / Smart Bar
May 28 – Saint Paul, Minn., MN State Fairgrounds (Soundset
May 31 – New York, N.Y., The Bowery Ballroom
June 2 – Millvale, Pa., Mr. Small’s Theatre
June 3 – Washington, D.C., Rock And Roll Hotel
June 4 – Philadelphia, Pa., The Foundry
June 6 – treal, Quebec, Le Belmont Sur Le Boulevard
June 7 – Toronto, Ontario, Adelaide Hall

Tickets go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. local time. Learn more at