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Mikuak Rai

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Editorial Review

After spending years as one of the pillars of the U Street soul scene, acoustic soul artist Mikuak Rai handed over the reins of the Movement Monday night open mike at Bar Nun and caught the travel bug, following his muse to Hawaii, Atlanta and Australia. Rai is back in Washington now with a sound that keeps the spiritual singer/songwriter underpinnings of his earlier work with additional downtempo electronic textures. Think Seal meets Vikter Duplaix. Rai will be featured at Busboys and Poets tonight as part of the Humpday Grooves series.

-- Rhome Anderson (January 2009)