Open Music Session: Curta and Qbala Combine at the Open Media Foundation

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Tonight, the Open Media Foundation hosts its monthly Open Music Session, featuring Sole and Mikrofone Rob, and doubles as a celebratory kickoff for the organization's new FM radio station.

Last month, the Open Music Session was two-for-one night, as hip-hop acts Curta and Qbala joined forces to present those gathered with some of the sharpest, most socially conscious yet wittiest lyrics to have fallen down the Rocky Mountains.

Back in August, Tom Murphy said of Curta's Replicas album that it has "rich tones and instrumentation, not to mention thoughtful, intelligent and literate social commentary.... Danna’s vocals recall Aesop Rock’s stream-of-consciousness style."

That's all very evident on "Titan," below.

Listen to more of Curta and Qbala's music library, and download and remix with the stems of their Open Music Session songs below.

Just a couple of months ago, Qbala told Brian Badzmierowski that she's prepared to battle any dude in the state, which is unsurprising when listening to her aggressive, intelligent style. It's also appropriate to recall that interview when listening to "You Gonna Have to Work Harder Than a Girl," a suitably uncompromising blast of rapid-fire rap joy.

About Open Music Sessions: Every month, Westword joins Open Media Foundation and Greater Than Collective to bring you Open Music Sessions: A video series aimed at introducing people to bands and providing context for their music. Every First Friday, we bring a band to the Open Media Foundation studio at Seventh and Kalamath and record a live performance. In addition to broadcasting the show live on the Denver Open Media TV stations (Comcast channels 56, 57 and 219), we edit the clips for certain songs, which you can find at westword.com. You'll also find additional information about the band and the recordings of individual instruments on select songs, which you are welcome to download in order to create remixes or simply to learn more about the way the music is constructed.

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