Under by:Larm 2020 går Melahuset Off:Larm og åpner dørene for noen av de mest banebrytende nye lydene der ute. I februar forvandles Melahuset til et utstillingsvindu for musikk
Under by:Larm 2020 går Melahuset Off:Larm og åpner dørene for noen av de mest banebrytende nye lydene der ute. I februar forvandles Melahuset til et utstillingsvindu for musikk som skaper bølger på tvers av sjangre og landegrenser. Verden venter på en herlig røre av ny musikk som vokser ut av den kulturelle overlappingen mellom land i sør og diaspora-miljøene i Europa.
Fra motswako, afrobeats, gqom, rap, amapiano, house, og bass-musikk og alt imellom; vi er glade for å dele ideene bak dem og kanskje også for muligheten til å skape mer musikk.
Gjennom samtaler, workshops og konserter kan du møte noen av pionerene av disse rytmene samt de nye ansiktene som er med å høyne standarden i 2020.
During the same week as by:Larm 2020, Melahuset opens its doors to the purveyors of some of the most groundbreaking new sounds making waves across the planet earth at present. With genres emerging from the cultural overlaps between countries of the global South and diasporic communities in Europe, we invite you to join us as Mela Goes Off:Larm.
From Motswako, Afrobeats, Gqom, Rap, Amapiano, House, Bass music and everything in between, we are proud to showcase these sonic gems and share the ideas behind them — straight from the hearts and minds of the artists who continue to give them life. Participate in concerts, conversations and workshops led by the innovators of these rhythms, talk to the pioneers of new genres and mingle with fresh faces raising the bar in 2020.
– Skhanda Rap
Ntokozo Mdluli, popularly known by his rap stage name as K.O, is the pioneer of ‘Skhanda’, a subgenre of South African hip hop that emulates the athleticism of ‘maPantsula dancing in urban townships. KO is the first African partner to streetwear brand AsicsTigerSA and owns entertainment company Skhanda World – a music label he’s managing with Tsholofelo Moremedi distributed in partnership with Sony Music.
– House, Gqom, R&B
As a core DJ and artist of the Nyege Nyege Crew, dancer, journalist and fashion designer Catu Diosis is a force to be reckoned with on the East African club scene. Her ability to blend genres and make crowds move and pick up the tempo are what have makes her sauce so unique and sweat inducing. Hear everything from House, Gqom and R&B to some of the Nyege Nyege trademarked Bass- and Rap-sounds coming out of Kampala. In 2019 Catu Diosis got into production, joining Hakuna Kulala under the mentorship of Congo Techno-wizard Rey Sapienz. At Nyege Nyege 2019 her DJ sets on the Boiler Room stage and the Main Stage were astonishing, with a choreographed crew of ladies supporting her.
Kutloano ‘Da Kruk’ Nhlapo is a DJ, producer and tastemaker from Daveyton township in Johannesburg, who rose to fame after winning the opportunity to play alongside Black Coffee in Ibiza. As one of the first to play the new sounds of kwaito-jazz-and house-based music dubbed ‘Amapiano’ on South African radio, he hosts a show called AmapianoHour on YFM, the foremost youth station in Gauteng.
– Venda Rap
King Lutendo Muthala is a rapper, designer and producer based in Johannesburg, and the first of his kind to bring mind-bending Venda rap to the public’s attention. Upon releasing his first to offerings, MAVU and MBILU which juxtapose modernity and tradition, he was featured on Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight in 2019, and selected by the Beats 1 New York team for a feature on the Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning.
– Bass/ Indian Glitch Hop
EZ Riser is the solo project of Sohail Arora from Mumbai, India, who is pushing cutting edge electronic music with a heavy emphasis on bass. In 2008 he co-founded Bay Beat Collective (BBC), one of India’s mostinfluential Bass crews, dabbling in styles ranging from drum&bass to dubstep with a partiality to ‘phat basslines’. As EZ riser his spectrum of music is highly versatile and includes newer forms of electronic music with a particular focus on beats, footwork, drum& bass, half-time, hip hop and global bass.
After gaining blockbuster success with the acclaimed theatre play “Blokk til blokk” with Don Martin and Boss Castro at Det Norske Teatret, Fela is back with new music. Like the theatre play, the new song with Nico D on the hook are depicting life in Oslo’s suburbs. Fela’s new album will be released on the 27th of March, while the underground classic D.U.R.E. won Norwegian hip hop album of the year in 2012, from streaming service WIMP, which later branched into Tidal.
Iskald Sound + Special Guest MCs
– Afrobeats & Kuduro
Iskald Sound consists of DJ Soulbase and DJ Correct, who just met last summer. They have backgrounds from Portugal, Angola and Norway and their productions and DJ-sets blends genres like afrobeats, kuduro and trap. DJ Soulbase has been a producer for the likes of Karpe, Eben Jr. and Stella Mwangi, and DJ Correct has made a name for himself in Portugal, before moving to Oslo.
King George VIII
– Old school vest-afrikansk house
King George VIII is the solo project of producer, DJ and artist George Ofori from Trondheim, Norway. He plays old school west-african-house, hip hop and jazz with a dash of electronica and nu-disco. For Mela goes Off:Larm he will curate a once in a lifetime experience beat set with live percussions, self-produced songs and dubs.
Norwegian Ghanaian singer-songwriter Beatrice «Akuvi» Kumordzie released her first singles in 2019, straddling South Africa and Norway’s music scenes. Akuvi was one of the finalists of the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 in Trondheim on February 15 and will discuss her journey through music and self-exploration.
Catu Diosis is a young Kampala based DJ and producer that has been digging and playing underground music since 2016. Embraced by the Nyege Nyege camp, she is quite experimental with her music selection and has recently begun to produce as the desire for her unique bass-heavy sound grows every time she encounters a new crowd.
King Lutendo: Mavu, Mbilu, Maloro
«Alternative,» «experimental» and «forward-thinking» are all terms that could describe Venda rapper King Lutendo. As an artist as well as producer and illustrator, he derives inspiration from diverse creative quarters and fashions them into a never-before-attempted intriguing brand of hip hop, juxtaposing the modernity and tradition. Mavu, Mbilu and Miloro are three bodies of work that describe his artistic journey best. With one track representative of each offering, he’ll get to the root of what makes his style so profoundly unique.
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