Digable Planets are hitting the road to celebrate their seminal 1993 debut. On Wednesday (May 31), the legendary East Coast trio announced their upcoming Reachin 30th Anniversary Tour,’ which begins September 8 in Raleigh.
In the 1990s, Digable Planets released two albums, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) followed by 1994’s Blowout Comb. After a two-decade hiatus, the group – composed of Ishmael “Butter Fly” Butler, Craig “Doodlebug” Irving and Mariana “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira – released concert album Digable Planets Live in 2017. The three have since pursued separate projects over the years, with Butler also being a member of experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces, which has dropped six albums since 2011.
Digable Planets’ relevance has remained strong since the ‘90s, with their 1993 song “La Femme Fétal” being discussed around the 2022 overturn of Roe V. Wade. In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, the group spoke about their reconciliation and hopes for a third project.
“After a while we came back together,” said Irving. “We missed this s***. I missed being around [these] cats. I missed making music with them, I miss [touring] with them. And we all felt the same way. But it’s still a work in progress. We still trying to figure it out. Luckily, we still here.”
“We are together now, so I’m hopeful for the future,” Vieira added.
“We think about making new music, we think about it all the time,” Butler agreed. “We talk about it often as well.”
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