Catch the sound of the German underground with Berlin Massive
With a beat boxer, a hip hop DJ, a female rapper as well as a graffiti artist and breakdancer, Berlin Massive takes on India. A German line up that covers alternative sounds and styles, the artistes are brought together by an NGO that promotes urban cultures. Their two-week India tour includes Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, with a mixture of gigs, workshops and collaborations with local artists.
Converging at Church Street Social tomorrow evening are DJ Marc Hype, MC cum rap musician Sinaya, and beatboxer Pekor, along with Indian artistes such as DJ Uri. Coming from ‘a strong old-school hip hop background’, DJ Hype has high hopes for the gig. “As far as I can tell this is going to be the biggest Indian hip hop jam. I’ll be spinning for the Bboys, doing some turntable trickery and pushing the boundaries,” he explains. A member of the Too Funk Sistaz rap crew, Sinaya will be sharing music from her new album Best Off. “I rap in German and Spanish. You may not understand the lyrics but I hope you’ll like the flow and beats,” she says. Pekor, part of beatbox orchestra The Oralic Sound Machines, uses just his voice to create hip hop beats. “People are always surprised that it’s just the voice, but the beatboxing scene is developing fast,” he tells us.
Apart from Saturday night’s gig, the group will be at PLaY Arena on Sunday. There will also be workshops citywide. “Hip hop is a culture that can help young people to express themselves and to raise their voice. It’s a tool to empower yourself,” says Sinaya, who’s particularly keen to encourage more women into the scene. For city-based music fans, tonight’s gig is the best opportunity to catch the artistes live. “We’re looking for a crowd who is open minded for sounds they never heard, and people who really love to experience musical trips through several genres. The ones who expect the unexpected,” DJ Hype signs off. Free event. November 29, 6 pm . Details: 41713016