Remember how Fluid Festival set the genre of Queer Music on fire in Birmingham last year, with performances from Mx World, Rebekah Ubuntu and numerous other progressive and socially pertinent acts? Well back to whet our appetites and preview what delights might be in store for 2018 is Fluid Presents: LAL at Centrala. Featured in Vice in 2014 as a band breaking conventions and creating a new socially aware musical code, the Canadian outfit comprises of Rosina Kazi on vocals and Nicholas Murray (aka Murr) on the electronics and through their exploration of a dynamic range of diasporic rhythms, the duo have developed a sound that ingeniously integrates their South Asian and West Indian roots. Melding Murr’s history of hip-hop sampling with Kazi’s socially aware lyricism. Support comes from Social Degenerates, Mx No-Shade Wade and Elliott Barnicle. The night will bear witness to a sound workshop supported by UNMUTED, the midlands based initiative that allows a safe space and a means of expression for Queer people of Colour, with headliners LAL creating a collaborative space where participants will explore experimental soundscapes using voice, poetry and instruments and every participant will leave with a MP3 recording of the finished piece. Groundbreaking stuff.
Sat 5 May, Centrala, Fazeley Street, Birmingham, Digbeth B5 5RS. 7.30pm – 11.30pm FREE (donations welcomed). www.fluidfestival.org
Published on: Fri 30 Mar 2018