8 Dec 2017 (20:00)
€18 (€16 members)
Rusangano Family is made up of God Knows, MuRli and mynameisjOhn. 2 MCs and 1 DJ. Based in the West of Ireland, the trio have been steadily building their own unique brand of dynamic bass-led music that owes little to genre cliches and style restrictions. Despite their diverse cultural backgrounds, the group operates first and foremost as a family unit. They want you as part of the family too. While the trio have been working together closely over the last two years, Rusangano Family is the amalgamated title that will see the unit push forward with in 2015.
Exploring issues such as identity and belonging, Rusangano Family deliver a hefty dose of honest double-edged lyricism over skewed soul samples, 808 beats and sliced-up breaks. Wearing their hiphop and electronic influences proudly on their sleeves, Rusangano Family aren’t an act willing to conform to the styles associated with their respective backgrounds. Instead of struggling with the idea of being different, they celebrate it. Sure the rules are only there to be broken. Releases such as the ‘Surface Tension EP’ and the ‘Rusangano / Family’ album have led to support slots with Run The Jewels, Young Fathers, Snoop Dogg and BadBadNotGood, as well as headlining dates at festivals all around Ireland, including Body & Soul, Other Voices and Hard Working Class Heroes. In December 2014, the trio dropped the single ‘Grand Job’, which garnered numerous plays on BBC Radio1, while ‘Rusangano Family’ was listed as the best Irish album of 2014 on Nialler9.com and featured in the overall top ten albums of 2014 in the Irish Times. January has seen the release of MuRli’s ‘Surface Tension EP’ to large acclaim and airplay on the BBC and Indie Shuffle.
God Knows: God Knows is rapidly becoming one of the most electrifying souls in music in Ireland. An MC with no concern for boundaries, he has consistently smashed all live-shows and guest appearances around the country. His unique MC fusion of grime, rap and spoken word has firmly established him as one of the most formidable front-men in Ireland.
MuRli : MuRli is a 24-year-old poet and wordsmith, based in Limerick, Ireland but of Togolese descent. As an MC, he’s been building his story-telling abilities and charismatic stage presence for some time. He’s studied his trade. His debut EP ‘Surface Tension’ was released in January 2015, an EP ‘that offers an insight into the battle within the mind of its author and his resistance against the pressures that come with feeling helpless.’
mynameisjOhn : mynameisjOhn grew up on the cold hard streets of Ennis, headphones on and hood up. He collected tapes, played basketball and entered radio competitions. Now he DJs and makes beats. He’s released a number of solo EPs, DJ’d with the likes of Kutmah, Gaslamp Killer, Hudson Mohawke and Prefuse 73, and currently spends his days chopping up foreign sounds on a sampler with a cup of tea close at hand.
"On a Sunday night when people in Dublin and Mayo GAA jerseys swarm the capital in the aftermath of one quintessentially Irish event, another Ireland is celebrated – and scrutinised – in exhilarating fashion by Limerick-based hip-hop act Rusangano Family. Hailing from Zimbabwe, Togo and Co Clare – none of them hip-hop strongholds, to paraphrase Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh – rappers God Knows and MuRli MuRl and DJ MynameisjOhn explore questions of identity and immigration, race and place with a combination of dizzying rhymes and genre-crossing beats. There are elements of theatre too, when the two rappers portray the mutual misunderstanding between father and son, or during guest MC Denise Chaila’s unadorned riff on misogyny. If this sounds rather worthy, God Knows and MuRli are utterly electrifying stage presences who keep the crowd moving even as their witty and observant raps switch tempo and mood. Taking their name from a Zimbabwean word for “togetherness”, Rusangano Family provide an astonishing vision of a new Ireland. Just as importantly, they know how to rock the party."
???? Mick Heaney, The Irish Times yesterday!