Tonight, it’s Ghetto Sound for everyone… but not just anyone! Like the Swiss penknife of party, Geneva’s favourite collective and record label Ozadya groups together artists, producers, beatmakers, VJs, graphic designers and DJs. With her epileptic beats, Sherelle is the champion of Leftfield Bass Music and the queen of radio shows on BBC1 and Reprezent Radio. Nobody can resist this meteorite of jungle and footwork whose Boiler Room left more than one netizen gawping. Add to the programme DJ Nigga Fox, whom Radiohead’s Thom Yorke singled out in 2015 by including the Lisbon producer among his favourites of the moment. Four years later, the representative of the African/Portuguese diaspora who often appears alongside his mates from record label Principe, keeps on mesmerising with his sets that flirt with kuduro, afro-house and Angolan deep.
The focus is on South Africa for this 5th Africa, What’s Up? in association with CUSS for the 4th consecutive year. This event provides an opportunity to bring to Europe emerging artists who rarely, if ever, have the chance to perform outside their country for economic or political reasons, and to develop with them long-term artistic collaborations. Hence, it is with the very heart of the up-and-coming South African scene that SHAP SHAP invites you to beat in unison. First up, Desire, who initially performed with Fela Gucci from the cultural movement FAKA, which combines various media to transcribe the experience of black queers living in the cis-hetero-topia of post-colonial Africa. Next, DJ Candii, sassy queen of Johannesburg’s nights and of Gqom, followed by Durban native, half of Dirty Paraffin and intergalactic instrument manufacturer Dokta Spizee and Nigerian-born London-based singer and producer Klein, who loves nothing more than pop collages that mix R&B with experimental electro. Finally, the young DJ Griffit Vigo, another Gqom graduate and sound arsonist. So, Geneva, what’s up?