We’re kicking off Out Loud with young talent from Brussels to Cape Town.
If the name of this DJ collective doesn’t ring any bells for you then we’re guessing you’ve probably never been to Beursschouwburg. Well, better late than never: tonight’s your night to experience their mad skills up close. Bledarte has already started fires in every conceivable corner of our building with their eclectic sets, DJ workshops for women and non-binary people, and, most recently, with their reading groups on activistic literature. The common thread in the work of this intersectional Brussels-based collective is ‘the decolonisation of mentalities through art and culture’. The perfect kick-start to your summer of music.
BRYN (sounds like “brain”) is 19 years old and is already putting out mature, layered synth-pop. Seven years ago he fled from Rwanda, ended up in a Brussels centre for asylum seekers, and – against the advice of his parents and teachers – started chasing his musical dreams. In 2011 BRYN wrote his first song. In 2013 he taught himself how to play the guitar and later the synthesiser, after receiving one from a friend. With his new instruments he composed his debut single, the pathos-infused ‘Take Me There’. On the opening night of Out Loud BRYN will perform brand-spanking-new material in our Zilveren Zaal.
The South African Angel-Ho makes captivating queer hip hop for an all-out clubbing experience. With a dark and fluorescent aesthetic and a hard industrial sound, she takes themes like transgender identity, oppression, solidarity and rebellion by the horns. Angel-Ho was one of the founders of NON Worldwide, an artistic collective of the South African diaspora. After the excellently received EPs ‘Ascension’ (2015) and ‘Emancipation’ (2016), in March 2019 she dropped her first album – ‘Death Becomes Her’ – and it’s absolutely dripping with ambition. High time for a banging post-binary summer party.
Wutangu is coming to round off the opening night of Out Loud in style with a scorching-hot DJ set. This Brussels-based, Swiss-Angolan DJ is one of the driving forces behind the collectives Bledarte and Leaving Living Dakota. Her sets combine music from Africa, South America and the Caribbean with rap and techno vibes. The perfect way to kick-start your musical summer!