Bala Bala Boyz are a collective of 4 British Mcs of Congolese Descent Hailing from Different sides of London North South East and west in 2015 they chose to come together as one and start rapping in their own style Linglish. Linglish is simply Lingala from Congo mixed with English. Speaking in this Homegrown Dialect made the rapping easy for the Boyz and they decided to start rapping in Linglish full time as they decided it sounds better and the movement was stronger with all playing their role.
Slikback is a Kenyan DJ and producer. After joining the Nyege Nyege collective in Kampala in mid-2017, he began to develop a unique dark yet accessible sound, drawing from a sonic pallette including footwork, trap, grime and a variety of contemporary underground African club styles. His Debut EP "Lasakaneku" was released in June 2018 by Hakuna Kulala, a Kampala based label exploring new voices from the region.
Since then, his rise has been rapid, including a Boiler Room stream of his show at Nyege Nyege Festival, and a European premiere at Unsound Festival in Poland, where he performed no less than three times. One Unsound set was highlighted by Resident Advisor as one of the 5 key performances the festival. Placed online as an Unsound podcast, the mix was hailed as one of the best of October 2018 by The Guardian, Pitchfork and Crack Magazine.
Slikback continues to create new interesting sounds and collaborate with amazing vocal talents from Kampala. He also has a new project called o g n i k i with polish producer, Morgiana Hz exploring and merging their respective universes.
CLON featuring NWRMNTC
(Extended Reality Installation)
TSDOMS (The Secret Duties of Master and Servant) is an immersive installation exploring power dynamics between human and virtual worlds. Presented as a hybrid virtual reality experience, the work transports you into a simulated world where you are confronted with a crowd of clones. Physical interactions, movement patterns and musical responses are performed, like an uncanny ritualistic exercise.
TSDOMS reflects on the role of power and dominance in stereotyping human behaviour, and how this system influences the construction of artificial intelligence and virtual environments. The project is a continuation of CLON’s exploration of hybrid realities and simulated worlds through speculative narratives.
TSDOMS has been created by CLON with music and sound design by NWRMNTC and technical support by MetaObjects.
CLON the project of artist and curator Estela Oliva, in which she explores science fiction and speculative realities. Estela’s work is concerned with the impact of digital technologies and the Internet on human behaviour, identity and our surroundings. She creates hybrid environments where the physical and the virtual blend, unfolding narratives and cerebral experiences. These projects come to life in experimental formats as experiences, installations, performances, web experiments, apps or films. Estela has collaborated and exhibited internationally at Somerset House, Barbican Centre, Art Night London, Sonar Hong Kong, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica (Peru), Mobile World Centre (Barcelona), and Mutek (Montreal).
NWRMNTC is the project of musician and sound designer Ana Quiroga, exploring new ways of musical storytelling and multimedia practices through mystic and experimental cinematic soundscapes. Over the last 9 years, Ana has produced music and designed sound for film, AV performances and multimedia projects and performed at Sónar, Berlin Atonal, Barbican, Mutek MX, LEV, Corsica Studios and NTS Radio among others. She was also half of the duo LCC which released two albums on Editions Mego.