BRDCST: ‘Swiss-Congolese producer makes confrontational music.’ (The Fader)
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.
BRDCST GOES BONNEFOOI
Again this year, BRDCST has formed an alliance with the neighbours on the other side of the street – music bar Bonnefooi @ Steenstraat 8 – to offer an extra platform for exciting and innovative sounds. Rewind? Last year’s highlights were: Moor Mother (who appears at this edition with her band Irreversible Entanglements), Les Filles De Illighadad and the Icelandic postpunk of Kælan Mikla. This year we go for the African diaspora (see: SCRAAATCH) with a focus on the NON Worldwide collective (see: Nkisi and Bonaventure).
Bonaventure is the alter-ego of producer Soraya Lutangu, who has Congolese roots but grew up in Switzerland and – via a stopover in Berlin – now lives in Lisbon. Her music is confronting and revolves around themes like institutional racism and oppression. Bonaventure: ‘I don’t do music for a hobby. I’m just preparing weapons to be able to talk to white people.’ She debuted with the single ‘Complexion’ on NON Worldwide, but the real uppercut came with the EP ‘Free Lutangu’. Tracks like ‘Supremacy’ – with incisive samples by rapper/activist Sister Souljah – and ‘Diaspora’ speak volumes. The Fader recently described her as ‘One of the most vital new voices around.’
Fun fact: She has a real obsession for Belgian rapper Damso, with whom she shares her Congolese roots.
Living proof: her recent mix for The Fader.
Entry is free of charge according to the principle ‘First come, first served.’
This also applies to those with a Limited BRDCST Festival Pass.