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Cân:affricerdd

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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.

Manssa Nou Cissé  N'famady Kouyaté     

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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. Read more...

Wo Ni Pe  Skunkadelic 

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The 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. Read more...

The Voice  Ogun & Aisha Kigs

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"'The Voice' is a collaboration between Ogun & Aisha Kigs that embodies the nuances of Ogun’s identity, history and social context. With reference to local social justice issues in the case of Christopher Kapessa and Siyanda Mngaza, two local people who have suffered at the hands of the system, Ogun weaves his personal story with the stories of his community; a community that remains close to his heart. He references the multiplicity of his heritage and identity; Welsh, Nigerian, Togolese & Italian."

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