LSFF 2019: Closing Night: No Woman Is An Island


An evening of cosmic soundscapes and glitching polyrhythms, LSFF’s Closing Night showcases the black women artists of London synthesising Afrofuturism through their electronic experiments. Expect rresistible afrobeats and atmospheric loopings, diasporic electronica and sparse South African house. To accompany, the women-led music videos that have come to define the Afrofuturist aesthetic, from Janelle Monae to Missy Elliot.


NTS Radio regular Nkisi will perform an exclusive live premiere ahead of her album launch (7 Directions) in January 2019. Raised in Belgium and now living in London, she’s a producer, DJ and the co-founder of NON Records, a collective of African artists and of the diaspora, using sound as their primary media, to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power.


Shannen SP is the co-curator and resident DJ at Corsica Studios' monthly experimental club night ø, host of monthly NTS radio show I.D.S.T and on the Hyperdub books. Her sets are known for combining Afrofuturist beats with diasporic electronic music like gqom, kuduro and terraxo.


XANA is a looper musician and poet who combines looper techniques with freestyle rap, storytelling, sound experiments, poetry, beatbox and improvisation, taking inspiration from the spheres of Afrofuturism, Blaxploitation, funk and dancehall. Xana will be the sound designer for the theatre adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses.

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