Convention-shirking Slim Soledad is part of São Paulo’s vibrant queer collective Chernobyl. She sets the scene in the Kathedrale for a live performance from Teto Preto, known as driving forces within São Paulo’s cultural landscape. Spearheaded by vocalist Laura Diaz, a co-founder of vital party Mamba Negra, the troupe are known for songs such as “Gasolina,” which has been at the forefront of much resistance and activism by young, queer, POC communities. In 2018, they released Pedra Preta via Mamba Rec, described as “an amulet that transforms our generation's grieving into fighting.”
Hibotep’s music transcends physical and spiritual boundaries. Playing music from all corners of the world, though largely rooted in African and Arab traditions, she rejects rules and conventions in favour of embracing her rebellious nature, and encourages her listeners to do the same.
Tennessee native Bbymutha has worked with producers such as Suicideyear, LSDXOXO, and God Colony to craft a sound that is as genre-defying as her lyrics are feminist. In the Bbymutha universe (a.k.a., The Mutha Land), women are allowed to be (if not downright celebrated for being) sexual, vulgar, ambitious, and savvy.
Debmaster & MC Yallah have been bringing heat to dancefloors, whether via their Hakuna Kulala release Kubali or with their fiery, infectious live sets.
Ndeko & Imbratura, aka Sicaria Sound, are the Deep Medi affiliates known for rattling dancefloors with contemporary dubstep and all other bass-heavy UK sounds. Their sets take inspiration from Imbratura’s love for grime and dancehall, as well as Ndeko’s roots in sound system culture and electro.
Hibotep, and Debmaster & MC Yallah appear in collaboration with Nyege Nyege.
Slim Soledad is a performer and multidisciplinary artist from São Paulo, Brazil, also known as a member of queer collective Chernobyl. She got her start as a DJ playing baile funk, but has since become known for much more challenging, wild sets. Soledad fries, bulldozes, and rewires a wide range of sounds into vibrant sonic mêlées.
Teto Preto is a collaboration between visual artist Laura Diaz, producers Savio and Zopelar, multi-instrumentalist Bica, keyboardist Pedro, and French performance artist Loïc Koutana. Combining techno, house, jazz, and tropicalia, the five-piece have quickly become one of São Paolo’s most politically vocal artists, accompanied by provocative and energising live shows.
Hibotep’s music transcends physical and spiritual boundaries. Playing music from all corners of the world, though largely rooted in African and Arab traditions, she rejects rules and conventions in favour of embracing her rebellious nature, encouraging her listeners to do the same.
Debmaster crafts dirty and stubborn hip hop beats tinted with arpeggiated bleeps, resulting in a sound that is dark yet danceable. Nodding towards electro, yet crafted for all the lovers of off-the-wall nights, Debmaster’s playful approach to writing music can be heard on records shared across Cock Rock Disco and Hakuna Kulala.
3Phaz is a Cairo-based musician obsessed with bass, distortion, and deconstructing Shaabi—an Egyptian pop genre. His work amplifies the sound, taking it a step further to channel the raw energy one is bombarded with on the streets of Cairo, as motorbikes and rickshaws blasting Shaabi on broken speakers fly by.
MC Yallah is a Kenyan rapper based in Uganda, and an affiliate of Nyege Nyege. Recently she teamed up with Debmaster to release Kubali on acclaimed Nyege Nyege sublabel Hakuna Kulala. A veteran of the industry, she became involved in hip-hop music back in 1999, spreading a message of integrity and motivation among local youth.
Rooted in London and with Moroccan and South Sudanese heritage respectively, Imbratura and Ndeko, aka Sicaria Sound, have firmly established themselves as selectors of new underground music, weaving modern dubstep with other territories of bass music and beyond.
Brittnee Moore, better known as Bbymutha, is a rapper and vocalist from Tennessee. With a penchant for working with experimental and underground hip hop producers, Bbymutha has earned herself a cult fan base, in part thanks to her lyrics on sexuality, motherhood, and identity.