BCUC: Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness. Indigenous funk, hip-hop with consciousness and punk energy from Soweto.
BCUC are a six-piece collective from Soweto and move their audience physically as well as intellectually and emotionally. Meaning: Along hypnotic bass lines, interspersed with hectic nguna and tsonga rhythms, they develop a furious, percussion-driven style that they themselves call "pop of the future" or "Africangungungu". Spoken word and charismatic chanting rap meet traditional ritual chants and shebeen songs.
Shebeen is the term for informal bars in southern African countries. Shebeens were important places in the townships during apartheid where the neighbourhood and political activists met, and BCUC are political and radical in exactly this sense. Their songs are about social grievances, about the lives of workers in South Africa, and their declamatory style is a resolute call for political participation. Their concerts are gatherings, calling for self-awareness and self-empowerment and are carried by an energetic punk attitude. Their 2019 album is called "The Healing" precisely because BCUC understand music as therapy that defies stylistic boundaries, is free and calls everyone to freedom. "The Healing" has the wild but trance-like quality of the North African musical Gnawa Healers and the master musicians of Joujouka. Instead of conventional song structures, there are waves of sound that rise and fall like a storm. On this album they collaborated with Femi Kuti and Saul Williams.
BCUC have played the best festivals in Europe, including Glastonbury, Worldwide and Fusion.
The show is part of the series "Always in a Good Mood".
Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)