Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) present their first commercial production 'Our Truth', featuring their very own genre of afropsychedelic music - 'Africangungungu'.
Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness sees its 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 Jazz sounds of 1970s and ‘80s productions have been replaced by hip-hop influences and a punk-rock energy. While vocals and percussion have always driven their music, in the past they’ve explored “electronic” avenues and for many years even included a rock guitar that swung between folk and free jazz. BCUC found its magic formula in 2013, however, when they folded a frenzied electric bass into the simple drum-and-vocals mix.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 act just confirmed: SAMEDIA SHEBEENSamedia Shebeen is a clubnight, 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.
FIND OUT MORE
Follow: @bantucontinua / @bantucontinua / Samedia ShebeenListen: BCUC on Soundcloud / Samedia Shebeen
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Event is suitable for 18+ only.