Hetain Patel and Amy May's hugely original collision of film, performance and live music
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Tuesday 10 April
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In a nutshell
Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) play music from their first two albums, featuring their very own genre of afropsychedelic music - Africangungungu.
Following their incredible performance at the Worldwide Awards earlier this year, and the release of critically-acclaimed second album Emakhosin, Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness are set to play a very special live show at Rich Mix.
BCUC see their music as a hedonistic trance, but also as a weapon of political and spiritual liberation. Artistic heirs to Philip “Malombo” Tabane and Batsumi, they seek to give a contemporary voice to the ancestral traditions of indigenous peoples. Jazz sounds of 1970s and ‘80s productions have been replaced by hip-hop influences and a punk-rock energy.
BCUC’s willingness to look social and identity questions in the face has already led to the banning of one song from their only self-produced EP, which points the finger at a national idol. But neither this event, nor the criticism to which they are exposed by their refusal to belong to a specific movement, can change their minds. 'Music for the people by the people with the people' – a people they refuse to box into one community, to circumscribe to one skin colour.
What to expect
Nguni rhythms mix with Tsonga rhythms, the whistles of Bhaca and Shona miners meet the traditional Imbomu horn, while ancestral war songs and Ngoma busuku (night song) choruses mingle with the soul music of singer Kgomotso and the raging rap of Jovi and Luja.
Support: Samedia Shebeen is a club night, travelling venue, a sound, a philosophy all rolled into one. The project was formed by a group of established Scottish DJs and tropical music enthusiasts in 2010 as a means to presents the music they love in an original, stimulating and friendly environment and has seen the crew travel to festivals and clubs the length of the UK delivering their unique take on the worldwide tropical sound to ecstatic crowds. A visit to the Samedia clubnight, venue or DJ set will take you on an expertly-mixed and riotous journey through space and time - taking in rhythms old and new from all over Africa, the Middle East, Brazil and Latin America, and the Carribean - via essential new club sounds of London, NYC, Paris and way beyond.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
'BCUC have an impressive sense of dynamics, allowing songs to develop, fade away, change direction and then build to an often furious climax.' Robin Denselow, The Guardian
'without a doubt the best live act I saw in 2017' - Gilles Peterson
'guaranteed to touch untapped corners of your soul' – Okayafrica
'Ask anyone at Worldwide Festival 2017 who their surprise package was and, invariably, the answer will be BCUC' Stamp the Wax
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Things you should know
Event is suitable for 18+ only.
This event is wheelchair accessible.