GRRRL is the new project from non-profit organization In Place Of War (IPOW), designed to champion the voices of revolutionary women from all walks of life. The “bespoke electronic music collaboration” will feature stories of “life, conflict, inequality and change” through the medium of music. It’s a fusion of genres – dark techno, ghetto bass, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, soul and electronica – united by a purpose: to bring women’s voices to the foreground.
Under the musical direction of Brazil’s Laima Leyton, one half of DJ duo Mixhell and member of Soulwax, the project will involve an incredble and diverse mix of influential artists, including: Speech Debelle (2009 Mercury Prize winning rapper), Zimbabwe’s Rapper Queen AWA (African Women Arise), “The Queen of Brazilian Dancehall” Lei Di Dai, “The Young Lioness of Africa”; Wiyaala, Cape Town Nu-Jazz & folk singer; Nono Nkoane, British Bangladeshi singer; Sohini Alam, and Venezuelan DJ & percussionist; MABE.
GRRRL has received worthy funding from the PRS Foundation and Arts Council England, and it’s IPOW’s biggest and most ambitious production effort to date. The event will premiere at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London on the 23rd August, and then to perform at a variety of UK festivals, and exclusive club nights and gigs across London, Manchester and Liverpool. In addition to the live performances, GRRRL and IPOW will lead panel discussions and workshops focusing on women, music, war and activism. These sessions will provide an opportunity to hear directly from the members of the all-girl group as they share their stories about the impact music has had on their lives, the role of women within the music industry and the changes they intend to bring to their communities through their music.
Make sure you support this unique event. Tour dates are listed below, and you can find out more about In Place Of War by visiting their website www.inplaceofwar.net.
GRRRL Tour Dates:
23/08 VIP Preview at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London (invite only)
24/08 Folklore, London
26/08-27/08 Shambala Festival (Main Stage & Rebel Soul), Northamptonshire
8/08 Greenbelt (Main Stage Headliner), Kettering
31/08 Soup Kitchen, Manchester
02/09 Freedom Festival (Main Stage Headliner), Hull