This Saturday Moor Mother and Abdu Ali were the main acts performing at Landmark - a night presented by the Borealis Festival and its cooperation with Utmark. One of the last days of Borealis 2017 was packed and the atmosphere in Bergen Kunsthall was ecstatic.
Moor Mother‘s performance was intense and unique. Crossfade spoke to her earlier on Saturday (link til intervju), and we ended up talking mostly about politics, a message which indeed came through during her concert. She gave the audience everything, doing it all by herself: being her own DJ by using her computer and synthesizer, screaming out the lyrics followed by an aggressive micdrop in front of the audience. When asking her what category her music belonged, she said she didn’t fit in anywhere and couldn’t relate to any musical acts out there. Quite right, it is hard to put her music and performance in any kind of genre. A mixture of punk, rap poetry and afro-futurism, even though this doesn’t cover it all. However one thing was clear: we haven’t seen anything like the project Moor Mother before here in Norway.
Abdu Ali‘s sound is alternative, blending experimental rap and dance-floor beats. His performance at Landmark was lit! Some of the members of Crossfade found themselves with their hands in the air, screaming “I AM ALIVE” at one point. And believe us when we say; The audience were LIBERATED! Abdu Ali’s simple-yet-powerful lyrics and beats, combined with an outstanding attitude and presence turned Landmark into an euphoric dance club. Fingers crossed for a return to Bergen soon.
Afrofuturism is a cultural and aesthetic concept that combines a wide range of elements; Sci-Fi, history, fantasy and of course afrocentrism. Both Moor Mother and Abdu Ali, individually, manage to address themes and issues of black future through their music. Do you want to know more about the term “afrofuturism”?
Interview with Moor Mother in Bergen – We were so lucky to be able to interview Moor Mother on saturday, where we discussed issues such as racism, punk, being an outsider and last but not least afrofuturism.
Crossfade is a hip hop and soul show occurring every Wednesday night from 21:00 to 23:00. It features Michael Wisdom Opara, Oscar Lines, Natalie Azba and Felix Garner Davis. Each week, the hosts decide on a topic, choose individual playlists and then allow the show to guide itself live as they interweave music and analytical discussion. Crossfade doesn’t stick to a specific sonic template or devote itself to a particular era; rather, the sounds you hear floating out of Studio 2 each Wednesday are always an eclectic blend. Whether you’re looking for the new, the old, the experimental or the traditional, these four seasoned selectors have you covered.