FempressPresented in Season 2 2019
Presented by Arts House
Thu 11 Jul, 7pm
$15 / BlakTix $10
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Strobe, haze and incense.
This is a standing event with limited seating
In 2016 Hannah Brontë gave birth to the multi-limbed dance party monster that is Fempress. In 2019 the hip hop beast is back with MOTHERLODE.
Bridging the worlds of hip hop, video art, installation and performance, MOTHERLODE is womxn on the mic, the decks and the dance floor. It takes its title from the language of the land: just as a rich vein of compacted mineral can create rare and valuable treasures, so too has hip hop culture in Australia tapped hidden reserves of culture to create change, joy and new movements.
This immersive non-stop party edition bills heavy hitters Jesswar, Jamaica, Kween G, Soju Gang, Kōtare and BabyMama. Community icon and potent MC Kween G has been enlightening listeners across Australia for more than a decade, while Jesswar’s meteoric rise in the Australian hip hop scene has seen her pushing the movement and opening up new levels of representation. Hailing from Aotearoa, Jamaica’s fluidity translates to sharp bars, heavy bass and a show that embodies every lyric as a physical act. This snapshot charts the temperature of the new tide rising, a source of power that will only grow as it gains momentum.
Accompanying these fierce MCs are DJ Kōtare (formerly DJ SEZZO), with her two-pronged attack to get you up and moving while also bringing to the club space a spiritual experience; young up-and-comer DJ Soju Gang, whose lightning ascent into hosting club nights, creating events and playing local art spaces has seen her radiate star quality, and DJ BabyMama, coaxing your dramas off at the door with melodic female MCs and working your worries away under the might of her heavy 808s.
Part of Future Assembly
10-13 July 2019
Supported by – Supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by – Serwah Attafuah