South African street dance phenomenon hits East London’s Rich Mix

In partnership with the Barbican, Shoreditch-based Rich Mix hosts three of Africa’s hippest musical exports. Shangaan Electro on 25th June is the street level dance phenomenon from South Africa who went global in 2010 on the back of a series of viral YouTube clips (2 million hits and counting) and an acclaimed compilation on Honest Jon’s that introduced the movers and shakers in this fast emerging micro-genre.

Shangaan Electro replaces the Shangaan (a South African tribe) music’s traditional instruments with midi-keyboard sounds, marimba beats and distorted vocal samples, then amps them up to breakneck speeds of over 180bpm. But it’s not just about the beats, it’s about the dancing – super-fast footwork. Hyper -kinetic digital dance music custom made for weekly dance offs, and it’s getting ever faster.
 

Based on a Soweto street party, the live show will feature inimitable performer, vocalist, producer and mastermind behind Shangaan Electro, Nozinja aka ‘Dog’. Joining him will be other stars from the Honest Jon’s compilation – the clown-masked Tshetsha Boys crowned one of the sounds of 2011 by the Guardian Guide; Tiyiselani, and Nkata Mawewe, the fastest Shangaan dancers around. “Shangaan dancers can go on for almost an hour with that speed”, says Nozinja, “when you see them dance you feel like they have got no bones”. Catch them for their exclusive London performance, it’s not to be missed.

Plus if that’s not all, expect a Secousse DJ set showcasing the most exotic sounds of all continents, the night starts with sweet tropical music, continues with live bands and ends up in a monster worldbeat electronic tribal riot.

The celebration continues with a night on 18th July showcasing two of Africa’s hottest acts combining tradition with the most contemporary of styles. Baloji, a dynamic young Congolese-Belgian artist, is inspired by Marvin Gaye, he performs with his band Orchestre De Ka Katuba a sensation mixing rap and hip-hop with Congolese rhumba, to create a unique alchemy.

Born in Lubumbashi in 1978, Baloji lived in Kinshasa, Ostende and Liège where he started his careers. After leaving Starflam in 2004, he decided to leave the music business for good. After 25 years without any contact, he received a letter from his mother. As they spoke on the phone she asked him what he had done in all those years. After a lot of reflexion he finally answered and produced a biographic album titled Hotel Impala (2007). In 2010 he released Kinshasa Succursale.

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, a recent signing to the World Circuit label, is a dynamic young artist and songwriter whose star is very quickly ascending.

Her music uses the kinetic, modern sounds of the Wassalou region as a backdrop for her breathtaking voice. Moving to Paris in her early twenties she spent six years touring internationally with the theatre troupe Royal de Luxe, going on to star in the musical Kirikou et Karaba, while recording and touring with Oumou Sangare and writing her own film script. All of which has fuelled her passion to develop her own music, composing, arranging and playing her own material, blending Wassalou traditions and wider influences into a spacious acoustic environment where the warm tones of her voice can glissade and glide.

All three acts are Africa’s contribution to Blaze Festival celebrating the boldest music from across the globe for East London. Now in its third year, Blaze features UK exclusives, major international artists, new commissions and free performances across East London venues and spaces.

Having just announced FOALS as this year’s headliner, the finest festival in the world, Lake of Stars, bring you a new event, Market Club, a rich mix of art, music and Olympic sports. This month get in the Wimbledon mood on 19th June with jugs of pimms, Wii tennis and table tennis. Live music from Moshi Moshi Records’ in the evening – The Wave Pictures and Fair Ohs.

Bringing their own African flavour, Afri-kokoa on 17th June will feature a special treat celebrating the continent’s eclectic culture including SOOTHSAYERS, a live 7-piece band. Expect an organic and uplifting mix of Afrobeat, reggae, funk and urban jazz with an underlying groove of deep dub. Over recent years the band have also performed and recorded with an impressive array of guest vocalists such as Jamaican reggae great Johnny Clarke, Maxi Jazz (Faithless) and Nigerian Afro soul star Keziah Jones.

On the 14th June, Anthony Joseph the leader of the Black avant garde in Britain, performs spoken word with his Afro-Caribbean Jazz quartet The Spasm Band. Performing internationally as a spoken word artist, Joseph is one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative voices, poet, musician, performance artist and novelist.
 
LISTING INFORMATION
 
Rich Mix
Info & Booking 020 76137498, www.richmix.org.uk , 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA. Liverpool Street Tube, Shoreditch High Street Station or Bethnal Green Tube
 
Shangaan Electro plus Secousse DJ Set
Sat 25 Jun / 8pm / £12

Shangaan Electro is the street level dance phenomenon from South Africa that went global in 2010 on the back of a series of viral YouTube clips (2 million hits and counting) and an acclaimed compilation on Honest Jon’s that introduced the movers and shakers in this fast emerging micro-genre.
Nozinja ‘Nwa Gezani’  http://vimeo.com/9671492

Tshetsha Boys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocgbLkayfTE&feature=related
B.B.C   http://vimeo.com/9666618
Book tickets  http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_shangaanelectro.htm
 
Baloji / Fatoumata Diawara
Mon 18th Jul / 8pm / £12.50
A night showcasing two of Africa’s hippest musical exports, each combining tradition with the most contemporary of styles.
http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_balojifatoumatadiawara.htm
 
Lake of Stars present Market Club featuring Moshi Moshi records The Wave Pictures and Fair Ohs.
Sun 19th Jun / Sun 17 Jul /  Sun 21 Aug /12pm – 8pm / Free
Lake of Stars launch a new event at Rich Mix featuring Olympic sports, markets, live music and art.
http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_lakeofstars.htm

Afri-kokoa featuring SOOTHSAYERS
Fri 17th Jun / 8pm / £7 adv / £10 door
Afri-kokoa presents SOOTHSAYERS live 7 piece band. An organic and uplifting mix of Afrobeat, reggae, funk and urban jazz with an underlying groove of deep dub.
http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_afrikokoasoothsayers.htm
 
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band
Tue 14th Jun / 7.30pm / £7 adv / £10 door
One of the UK’s most exciting and innovative voices, poet, musician, performance artist and novelist Anthony Joseph performs with his Afro-Caribbean Jazz quartet The Spasm Band.
http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_anthonyjosephthespasmband.htm