Last month, the rapper born André Benjamin was spotted walking around Los Angeles International Airport demonstrating his woodwind skill while waiting to hop on a flight. An NPR producer took notice and confirmed Benjamin was playing a Mayan double flute crafted by Guillermo Martinez of Quetzalcoatl Music.
I saw a man walking around my terminal playing a flute for 40min and was losing my mind because I thought it was André 3000. And then it WAS André 3000!!! 😍😍😍😭😭 pic.twitter.com/tqQ4C8HBh1— Antonia Cereijido (@antoniacere) June 14, 2019
In the time since, Benjamin and his flute have been spotted elsewhere in Los Angeles, as well as his current home New York and Philadelphia, where his venues have included a Whole Foods and a craft store. The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that the rapper is in the city shooting AMC anthology series Dispatches from Elsewhere.
I just got off the phone with Guillermo Martinez the man who made Andres's beautiful flute. It's a Mayan double flute. He and his shop are doing incredible work by keeping the music if indigenous North American communities alive. Here is his website: https://t.co/Jgb9lbGsqh pic.twitter.com/33PESaDu9C— Antonia Cereijido (@antoniacere) June 15, 2019
Find a handful of André 3000 flute sightings below. This year, he's contributed guest verses to albums from James Blake and Anderson .Paak.
So basically at #NN19 in Philly when me and a gang of Muslim activists were getting ice cream after dinner & chatting on sidewalk after the rain - good wholesome fun - when this guy was playing flute around us. And who else plays flute in public wholesome spaces?— Taz Ahmed (@TazzyStar) July 12, 2019
ANDRE 3000. pic.twitter.com/dCk60tWtYq
HEY YALL I JUST MET ANDRE 3000 AT A RANDOM CRAFT STORE. HE WAS PLAYING THE FLUTE pic.twitter.com/UUnqX5eqXl— Qtip (@dagoodhoodwitch) July 10, 2019
Wasn't tripping. It's him. 3 Stacks in the flesh. And his flute game is A-1. pic.twitter.com/xbQTqjsJiC— Russ Jack (@Russ_Jack) July 9, 2019