Thursday 3 March 2022, 8pm
Yao Bobby & Simon Grab will be back on tour in March 2022, presenting their new tracks of the upcoming album WUM (LavaLava Records, Bristol UK). Their show is a very raw and improvised form of live experimental hiphop - 'Freeform Rap and Noise’.
The Togolese Rapper and political activist Yao Bobby collaborates with Swiss noisemaker Simon Grab. An intense soundbattle between energetic rhymes fired into a dark soundworld of raw electronic bass pulsations with a dubby punk attitude, produced on analog feedback electronics. Their EP «Diamonds» has been well received in the scene and in the media - one of the Albums of the year 2019 by the online magazine The Quietus. Their accompanying videoclip won an award for the Best Music Video at the Ann Arbor Film Festival USA. The EP as well as their newest 7" single «Black Revolution» have been sold out quickly.
They regularly collaborate and share the stage with likeminded friends, as with Dhangsha, electronic musician and co-founder of Asian Dub Foundation. In 2020 Yao Bobby & Simon Grab were invited to contribute to the Nyege Nyege Festival in Uganda. The Music Video «Lekeo» from the new album has been a finalist at the Rome Music Video Awards and at the London International Web & Short Film Festival. In October 2021 they were finally back on the road, playing 19 concerts in one month all over Europe, including the Avant Art Festival in Poland.