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AWESOME HIPHOP (article first published : 2003-09-19)

On September 26, the BAT Centre’s BAT Hall will host groups from Durban, Cape Town, France and Reunion Island

Awesome Hip Hop featuring blakfist of garvey (Durban), Constructus Corporation (Cape Town), Interlope (France) and Zong (Reunion Island). TransAfrica Express in association with the Awesome Africa Music Festival and Celebrate Durban presents the Siphon Project.

blakfist of garvey - four piece Durban based hip-hop crew on the up and up and here to represent the home town on this Awesome line-up!

Constructus Corporation - The singularity of the Constructus Corporation with the recent electronic awakening of the Cape Town music scene is welding South African hip-hop and turntablism. Their debut album, The Ziggurat, is more than music. It's a book, short stories, cartoons, a "science fiction hipopera", equal parts rap fantasy and epic hip-hop fairytale.

Vj Inc. (Krushed & Sorted) will join McTotally Rad and Dj Sibot for an exceptional multimedia live show.

Interlope (France) - When they met in 1997, Rimshot, aka Greg Heuze, was then the drummer of Lt-No (Naive) while Dragongaz, aka Christophe Broca, was involved in two other bands: Psaizone (which produces several pieces on the label No-Teak), and Sounds Like Pistols (live drum/sampler). Their first album Talk to the beat released in June 2002, gives an interesting definition of what is, from down tempo to jungle and techno, electronic elegance.

Zong (Reunion Island) - Originally from Reunion Island, Sandrine and Mr Zong have been cradled by the rhythms and the sounds of the Indian Ocean and have been producing traditional music in a band since their childhood. Several years later they naturally discovered the sounds of electronic music: the duo have found a similar rhythmic vibration of Maloya from their island and that of electronic music. Yann, aka Dj Costa, joined Zong and started working on creating music. Band members, who describes themselves as a group of "maniaques metisses", mix acoustic instruments of their island with electronic sounds that they produce themselves.

Doors open at 21h00. Tickets R30 at the door. More details from 031 332 0804 or 083 463 8044.




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