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."
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. Read more...
Culture – Mirari More
'Culture' is a piece by Mirari More highlighting his identity, history and attitude. With reference to La Haine, it takes on a rebellious nature looking at recreating culture and renewing what it means to 'belong' to a culture. He references the rich tapestry of his heritage and identity; British and Nigerian, and how diverse culture has flowed into his identity.
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 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. Read more...
We'll be okay – SZWÉ feat. Dee
'We’ll Be Okay' is about my faith which has played a huge part in my culture and also recovery mentally as an artist and musician! The song is one that touches on holding onto faith that some bad moments are just like passing clouds of rain.
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sizwe ‘SZWÉ’ Chitiyo is a 23-year-old singer, rapper and songwriter based in South Wales.
After starting his music career professionally four years ago, Sizwe played acoustic sets around South Wales before venturing into electronic production.
Having achieved Spotify playlisting, national radio play and a new Project Manager role for Beacons Cymru, his goal now is to build a hub for urban music to thrive in Wales and produce a new wave of sound.