New Artists Announced for Borealis 2017
As part of our annual collaboration with the Utmark concert series at the Bergen Kunsthall, Borealis is excited to add a night of new musical experiments to the festival line-up. Hitting the dancefloor hard, from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Lisbon – Moor Mother, Abdu Ali and DJ Marfox – are artists pushing at the edges of their scenes, receiving growing international acclaim for their often uncompromising art. Always trying to find the sounds that don’t fit easily into one genre or another, this night at Borealis will feature words and music that are as confrontational as they are danceable.
From Philadelphia, USA, interdisciplinary artist Camae Ayewa’s Moor Mother project blends protest and Afro-futurist time-travel in a whirlwind of experimental noise and poetry. Projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra she uses a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers to construct fractured, cacophonous waves for her punishing words to ride. Her latest album, Fetish Bones, released in September 2016, was No.3 in the The Wire magazine’s albums of the year.
Abdu Ali er rå, kompleks og visker ut alle tenkelige forskjeller. Han er en homofil rapper fra den amerikanske byen Baltimore, som legger kraftfulle tekster om rasisme og homofobi på den råeste dansemusikken og på mer eksperimentelle prouksjoner. Han har blitt sammenlignet med Death Grips og andre støyrap-grupper på grunn av sin utrolige energi på scenen, og har skapt sin helt egne sound med grobunn i egne erfaringer og historier, påvirket av punk, støymusikk, afrofuturisme og BMore klubbmusikk. I 2016 slapp han MONGO, som Fader magazine kalte “a pitch-perfect ‘black self-care mixtape’ from Baltimore’s most exciting rapper.”
In DJ Marfox aka Marlon Silva´s hands, Angolan roots meets Portugal today, and kuduro – the electronic music of Luanda – undergoes a twisted transformation as it lands and is reborn in Lisbon’s urban Afro-Portuguese dance scene. As a DJ, producer and now boss of record label Príncipe Discos, he believes claiming ones roots is a crucial impetus for creative, technological, and collective social evolution. His music has acquired iconic status in urban Portugal and diasporic African communities throughout Europe, and helped to create a grassroots network of young, creatives seeking to breach new territory in sound and culture.