This Tuesday the Boiler Room plays host to electronic tastemakers representing Detroit to Durban.
‘Studio Africa‘ is a collaborative programme between fashion giant Diesel and Edun, the apparel company co-founded by Bono to encourage fair trade with Africa. The project focuses on the talents of artists from across the continent, working in fashion, film, music, literature and photography. On Tuesday March 5th, the Boiler Room will be hosting a Studio Africa, London showcase, and it looks set to one of the most diverse BR lineups to date. There will also be showcases in Tokyo, Paris, Berlin and LA.
The show will feature artists at the cutting edge of African electronic music amongst a careful selection of their UK and US contemporaries. Detroit house prodigy Kyle Hall meets the funk-drenched acid of West Londoner Funkineven, whilst South African producer Culoe De Song brings the sound of the townships in a b2b with the genre-hopping styles of Mosca. Solo sets come from two more Motor City pioneers – Theo Parrish and Omar S – with Actress and Romare bringing their inimitable UK sounds to the table. Nigerian afro-futurist Spoek Mathambo is joined by Belgian-Congolese rapper Baloji, and Batida, a DJ reinventing Angolan semba music. Watch the video for Batida’s infectious 2012 track ‘Alegria’ below.