cân: affricerdd is an opportunity for music-creators of African descent living and working in Wales to write a new song (in any language and musical genre) and create a music video of the new work.
Mirari More, N'famady Kouyaté, Ogun, and Skunkadelic (Tumi Williams) were selected after an open call to artists to create a new work for cân: affricerdd. This programme is one of the strands of Tapestri, Tŷ Cerdd's new initiative helping to create a living musical archive of the people, languages and communities of Wales – and is funded through Arts Council of Wales's Connect & Flourish programme.
N’famady Kouyaté is a young master musician from Guinea (Conakry), now based in Cardiff. A talented multi-instrumentalist, his primary instrument is the balafon – a traditional wooden xylophone, sacred to West African culture and his family heritage of the griot. N’famady plays both as a solo artist and with a full band line up as The Successors of the Mandingue. His arrangements are a fusion of Mandingue African with western European jazz, pop, indie and funk influences provided by an ever-evolving collective of musicians.
N’famady’s performances create amazing atmospheres and vibrations, and audiences are charmed by his infectious enthusiasm and joy – wowing audiences across the UK and Ireland during autumn/winter 2019/20 supporting Gruff Rhys on the Pang! album tour as well as playing in Gruff's band.
The Summer of 2021 saw N’famady start on a new and exciting creative chapter with the release of his debut EP “Aros I Fi Yna” - a collection of songs full of vibrant colours, and a joyous introduction to an exciting and truly international artist in Wales.
Mirari More is a multi-disciplinary musician with roots in hip-hop, grime and R&B, which has allowed him to fuse a number of styles and influences into his sound. He takes great pride in his writing songs whether they are lyrical pieces or songs focused more on melody.
Mirari says: “My music is one that sets the soundtrack to the similarities we all share in everyday life. I try to strike a balance between message and melody, offering something for each type of listener."
Mirari was one of four recipients of the inaugural OnlyFans Creative Fund in July 2021.
Having recently moved to Cardiff from London, Mirari hopes to find his place within the emerging arts culture of Wales.
Ogun is a 23-year-old musician, writer, creative director and community organiser from Newport, based in Cardiff. He is the main organiser for the Black Lives Matter movement in Gwent and was recently appointed as Arts Council of Wales Agent for Change.
Beginning his creative journey launching a fashion brand called SUPERNOVA in his teens, Ogun always believed in the importance of artistic expression. His foray into music-making began with friend and creative collaborator Tony and producer Goom under the name 'AFTERPARTY' releasing an EP in 2016.
After university, Ogun was keen to establish his musical voice and worked on a debut solo EP 'In My Own Skin' released in 2018. Not one to stay still for long, Ogun moved to Berlin where the concept for his latest release 'Flight Mode' was born.
Although music, in Ogun’s own words is his 'first love', he continues to epitomise the modern artist; multi-faceted and able to navigate his own universe in which music, poetry, fashion, and other mediums co-exist harmoniously.
The signature baritone and lyrical dexterity of Cardiff’s premier emcee Skunkadelic (Tumi Williams) is instantly recognisable among the fertile soundscape of UK Hip-Hop. Bearing a musical heritage shaped by the golden era of hip hop and rooted in his family domain of Nigeria, he channels raw passion, experience and ingenuity into every rhyme.
A recent feature with Bristol’s funk and soul duo The Allergies received considerable national radio play (Lauren Laverne, Radio 2) and emerged as one of the UK’s most Shazammed tracks in 2021, before becoming ITV’s ident for a time.
Skunkadelic is renowned for being frontman to Cardiff’s 8-piece afro-funk and hip-hop collective Afro Cluster. The group released their debut album in spring 2021, with live shows at Green Man 2021 and Cardiff Castle. All of these distinct creative affiliations have propelled Skunkadelic’s reputation as one of the UK’s most important emcees.