Blue Black Beatz brings Afro sounds to Melbourne Music Week
Feat. Remi, Alárìíyá, Sophiegrophy, P-Unique, Sonik Waves, Band of Brothaz + many more! Immigration Museum | Saturday 17 November 2018
Afro Hub and Immigration Museum are proud to present this diverse, welcoming, and unique event as a part of Melbourne Music Week 2018. Eight plus hours of dope music that pays respect to the African sonic lineage that informs Melbourne's music community. This event is for everybody.
Afro Hub have curated a line-up that weaves together the amazing sounds of Gwara Gwara, Afro Beats, Sega Saggae, Jazz, African Traditional, Trap, Rap, Hip Hop, Soul, and thrown some powerful local spoken word performers into the mix. Catch artists that draw inspiration and own heritage from South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Mauritius, South Africa, Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia and many more. Prepare for collaboration, representation and inter-generational connections. Come share in the magic.
Afro Hub's Saba Alemayoh explains the philosophy of Blue Black Beatz perfectly, "I am trying to produce a musical experience with the African diaspora community beyond the narrative of the Kante Kunte or the other. To bring together a contemporary merge of the African culture with a twist. Paying homage to the sonic lineage of our home, and the many different ways we have blended and built on it."
So, who is providing the tunes?
Australian Music Prize winner REMI and his live ensemble will animate the Immigration Museum courtyard with his spot-on live show. The Melbourne rapper, singer and producer is an undeniable favourite in his home town, and has been riding high since the release of his infectious, smooth-groovin’ single ‘My People’ feat. Thando earlier this year. Get prepped for big beats, fluid rhymes and soulful vocals.
Alárìíyá will pump out high energy party vibes with a sweet blend of Afro-jazz funk rhythms. Founded by Nigerian trumpeter and composer Olugbade Okunade, of the internationally acclaimed Afrobeat Orchestra, Alárìíyá are piping hot, and will elevate you towards bliss.
Melbourne-based Nigerian hip hop artist Sophiegrophy, who is well on the up with her super-charged live performances. Grophy will be joined by Sudanese-Australian rapper P-Unique, whose vibrant, raw and genuine style shaped by experience and dedicated has seen her turning a lot of heads.
M.A.TE, a pan-African music project that brings together a range of traditional instruments and professional musicians from across Africa to creative new concepts based on the principals of Ujamaa. Between them they boast over eighty years of musical experience.
DJ Chris Ng and event MC the charismatic Laila Thaker, will ensure the vibe stays high all day long.
Who else provides the words?
Band of Brothaz, a collective of beat makers, music lovers and poets, including established spoken-word artists Wani, Tena, and Zii. Poetry accompanied by jazz funk tunes.
Blue Black Beatz will also host a first-time collaboration called Women and Words – featuring three well-known female Melbourne poets Jay Larkins, Idil Ali, Consciously Kyah, and Abuk. Women of Words will be accompanied by Ethiopian-Australian R&B and soul singer Soli Tesama, who'll be takin' you back to the sounds of the '90s.
There will be food trucks and bars, plus eye-opening visuals, to keep your stomach and your soul filled to the brim. Dress loud and proud! Be the most. Do the most. Be you!
Blue Black Beatz | Saturday 17 November | 2pm to 10pm
Immigration Museum | 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Tickets $20+ bf - on sale now via eventbrite.com.au
Featuring live performances from:
REMI, Alárìíyá, Sophiegrophy, P-Unique, Sonik Waves, Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble, Soli Tesema, Band of Brothaz, DJ Chris Ng, Women and Words + many more!
Interviews available with event organiser and performers on request
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