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BRDCST: unique Scottish (!) hip-hop approved by AFROPUNK & Massive Attack
BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness.
The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST. Our musical gut-feeling does the rest.
YOUNG FATHERS (uk)
We can quite safely call Scottish hip-hop trio YOUNG FATHERS a political band. The roots of these former Mercury Prize laureates are to be traced back to Nigeria and Liberia and their passion for politics – they actively speak out against anti-Islam demonstrations by Pegida and refuse to speak to Rupert Murdoch affiliated media – is also to be heard on their most recent feat ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ from ‘15.
Fast forward to the present: ‘We've just finished a new album, and it's about fucking time.’ was recently to be read on their Facebook. After which they immediately dropped the single ‘LORD’, ‘a gospel ballad with production that lands somewhere between the godlike nature of ‘The Life Of Pablo’ and the scuzzy electronics of ‘Yeezus’.’ (The Fader) There’s no greater praise that a band could receive. During BRDCST, Young Fathers present the brand new album that is to be released in the spring and it is once again impossible to pigeonhole musically.
South-African performance art duo Fela Gucci and Desire Marea consider FAKA (pronounced faga, which means ‘penetrate’) to be not only their artist name but also a platform for queer black artists. So it was no accident that their debut EP ‘Bottoms Revenge ‘was released on NON Worldwide (see earlier). On their latest EP ‘Amaqhawe’, they were thoroughly inspired by gqom (basically ‘a rawer and more minimalist interpretation of African house music’). This gqom genre is ‘part of the cultural resistance, connected to the troubled history of South Africa and township life.’ Music as a vehicle for protest. Just as with gqom-godfathers RudeBoyz, the music is characterised by ‘non-4/4 African rhythms, deep dark bass kicks and martial drums.’ If Mykki Blanco is a fan, then BRDCST is too!
CHINO AMOBI (us)
Welcome in the Wonderful Sonic World of NON Worldwide! A collective with African roots that prioritizes electronic experiment. Their mission: ’a rejection of mass culture and existing political conditions’. NON Worldwide was established by Chino Amobi (us), the Belgian/Congolese Nkisi (uk) and Angel-Ho (South Africa) and – according to The Wire – ‘were quickly established as a serious force, musically, politically and sonically.’ Those who enter the NON Worldwide universe quickly end up at intriguing and colourful figures like Faka, Farai, Mhysa, SCRAAATCH, Elysia Crampton, Rabit and, of course, flagbearer Chino Amobi.
Amobi’s debut ‘PARADISIO’ sounds outright brutal. The Wire: ‘PARADISIO’ is an extraordinary record: utterly grandiose pulsing and punishing. This record is the soundtrack to all that’s wrong in the world, but very few artists have managed to capture such horror in such detail. If Hieronymus Bosch were to repaint hell today, it would look like ‘PARADISIO’ sounds.’