1a Camden High St
0870 432 5527
7pm Dj Fabricio D Vyzor set
9.05pm CRIOLO ON STAGE
Criolo came out fighting from Sao Paolo’s hip hop scene in the last five years. In his 2015 album, Convoque seu Buda, his sound has evolved turning him into one of Brazil’s most acclaimed songwriter/performers following collaborations with the likes of Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Yvette Sangalo and Milton Nascimento. Criolo draws influence from his love of samba, afrobeat and reggae and his life growing up in a favela (shanty town) in Sao Paulo.
Politically and culturally motivated, Criolo is a rapper, composer and urban poet whose voice resounds with the youth of post-slump, pre-Olympic Brazil, exploring stories of poverty, police violence and social discrimination.
Criolo has released two albums in the UK (Sterns) to great reviews across the board. He has also made a series of collaborations with Mulatu Astatke of The Ethiopiques.
‘Hugely popular, socially conscious.’ Metro
‘Criolo has become one of the most important musicians in Brazil in the space of just a few years.’ Songlines
Support is Baloji – poet, scriptwriter, actor, video artist and stylist – playing his first London show for three years, performing his contemporary take on Congolese Rumba. Baloji’s sound is at the crossroads of African music – with a Latin tinge, rap music, the French singer-songwriter tradition, African American music (soul, funk, jazz) refracted through hip hop, sampling and electronic music.
‘One of the most innovative rappers and video producers to have emerged from Africa in recent years.’ The Guardian
‘A visionary gutsy firebrand. World class.’ Les Inrockuptibles
This show is 14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by someone who is 18 or over).
Tickets are available for cash without booking fee at face value from the Koko stage door in Crowndale Road on the side of the building. This outlet is open Monday to Friday 12 noon to 5pm.