For the first nine years of its existence, Righteous Babe Records has served 
primarily as the home for label founder Ani DiFranco's albums—all 14 of them, 
including a dozen solo recordings and two in collaboration with storyteller 
Utah Phillips. Come this fall, however, the Babe's roster gets a little bit 
bigger, branching out in directions both unexpected and entirely consistent 
with DiFranco's overall aesthetic. 

Righteous Babe announces the fall 1999 release of new, as-yet-untitled albums 
by spoken word artist Sekou Sundiata and noise-pop experimentalist Arto 
Lindsay. In a dramatic break from RBR's usual practice, Ani herself does not 
appear on either disc.

Even so, DiFranco's selection of the two artists bears a distinctly personal 
touch. Sundiata taught Ani (along with classmate M. Doughty, later of the 
band Soul Coughing) at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan in the 
early 1990s; during a recent joint appearance at the People's Poetry 
Gathering in New York, DiFranco described him as "the man who taught me 
everything I know about poetry." When he's not busy inspiring new generations 
to explore fresh combinations of language and music, Sundiata can be found 
putting theory into practice in breathtaking live performances and his 
acclaimed debut disc, "The Blue Oneness of Dreams." On the follow-up, 
Sundiata evokes Mandela, Coltrane, Hendrix, and Mary J Blige in poem-songs 
rich with soul, jazz, and hiphop grooves, notable for their political 
insight, their humor, and their unerring feel for the rhythmic possibilities 
of speech. 

As for Lindsay, it was a typically compelling concert appearance of his which 
inspired Ani to approach the man behind the late-70s "no-wave" band DNA, the 
mid-80s avant-rock outfit Ambitious Lovers, and a trilogy of 
bossa-nova-influenced mid-90s solo albums. From their casual conversation 
emerged an offer to release Arto's next album on RBR. The Brazilian-born 
American musician (who can currently be heard singing an Antonio Carlos Jobim 
standard on a TV commercial for Banana Republic, of all things) describes his 
newest album as striving, among other things, to achieve "a balance between 
delicacy and power that I have never attempted on a record." That's a mighty 
appealing tease for admirers of his previous work—which embraces 
bone-crushing guitar feedback, playfully oblique lyrics, drum'n'bass beats, 
whispered vocals, Japanese experimentation, and Brazilian song structures.

Release dates for both albums will be announced this summer.