plethu: 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 Tumi Williams have been selected by our panel to create 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.
Eric Martin Kamosi (music-creator)
Eric Martin Kamosi is a guitarist, electronic musician and composer who creates folk, rock, concrete, electronic and minimal music using a variety of instruments, field recordings and electronic sounds. He has written and performed for professional dance and physical theatre and created music installations, sound design, algorithmic compositions and music for live instruments as part of a BA (Hons) ‘Creative Sound and Music’ degree from the University of South Wales and a Master’s degree in ‘Digital Composition and Performance’.
Having taken part in a media composition traineeship and created music for screen and live theatre, Eric continues to be interested in working with artists from a wide range of disciplines.
Idrissa Camara (dancer)
Born in Guinea Conakry in west Africa, Idrissa trained from a young age with the renowned Ballet Bassikolo du Guinee. He has been principal choreographer with many leading dance companies in Guinea and Senegal and pioneered the teaching of dance to the hearing impaired at the Visual Theatre Company of the National Association of Sports and Culture for the Deaf.
In 2010 Idrissa, who is also a musician founded Wales’s only professional Black dance/music company, Ballet Nimba. His innovative ideas have taken the UK by storm and with his direction, Ballet Nimba has combined traditional dance roots with dynamic young performers and an original musical score. Idrissa has curated many successful productions throughout Wales and beyond.
For Ballet Nimba website click HERE
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.
For Mirari's website click HERE
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.
Skunkadelic (Tumi Williams)
The signature baritone and lyrical dexterity of Cardiff’s premier emcee Skunkadelic 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.
For Skunkadelic's website click HERE