Borealis’ 2017 Utmark collaboration brings another night of visceral new sounds, featuring two artists from the US – Moor Mother and Abdu Ali, who are bending definitions of rap and channelling a new afrofuturism to create raw platforms for new messages – and DJ Marfox, bringing the rhythms of Lisbon’s Angolan-Portuguese underground to the dance floor.
From Philadelphia, USA, interdisciplinary artist Camae Ayewa’s Moor Mother project blends protest and time-travel in a whirlwind of often angry, experimental noise and poetry. Abdu Ali straddles the worlds of Baltimore clubs and experimental rap, weaving powerful verses on homophobia and racism in to a wild uncategorisable live performance. Closing out the night is DJ Marfox, label boss of Lisbon’s acclaimed Principé label, which has been at the forefront of releasing contemporary dance music coming out of Portugal’s capital, its suburbs, projects & slums.
Presented in collaboration with Borealis.