Blue Black Beatz at Immigration Museum
Afro Hub in Carlton North is a cafe and venue dedicated to nurturing local African talent. For Melbourne Music Week the hub is collaborating with Immigration Museum to present Blue Black Beatz, a celebration of rap, hip-hop, soul, jazz, Gwara Gwara dance, Afro beats, sega saggae (a hyper-localised form of reggae), African traditional and spoken word.
Local hip-hop hero Remi will headline the day with a live band. Since breaking out as a winner of Triple J unearthed in 2012, the rapper has established himself as one of Australia’s brightest lights of the genre, threading political insights, race and empowerment through thundering, celebratory beats.
Other artists on the eight-hour party-friendly line-up include Afro beats-funk band Alárìíyá, led by trumpeter Olugbade Okunade; emerging Melbourne hip-hop artist Sophiegrophy; Sudanese-Australian rapper P-Unique; Mauritian big band Sonik Waves; Band of Brothaz; soul singer Soli Tesema; the Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble; and DJ Dawn.
There will also be Women and Words, a new collaboration by three female Melbourne poets, Jay Larkins, Idil Ali, Consciously Kyah and Abuk.
Food trucks and drinks will run all day. The official dress code for Blue Black Beatz is “loud”, so come ready to represent.
From 2pm to 10pm.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Museums Victoria.