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Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS London, United Kingdom
FT NOVELIST, SKENGDO x AM, KAMAAL WILLIAMS, DEVILMAN, BELLY SQUAD,NÍDIA, MEZ, GRANDMIXXER, MURLO, KENNY ALLSTAR, YGG, HEADIE ONE, MAD J, DJ FUNKZ, SAM WISE & AFRO B.
Step into Tim & Barry’s audio-visual playground, where visceral lo-fi graphics accompany breakneck MCs, cascades of sax and heavy basslines. Welcome to Just Jam Reloaded.
It’s an expo of their discoveries in the musical underground. It’s the sound of the blurred edges where genres meet – Kamaal Williams’s sound embraces Jazz but is equally influenced by Garage, then there's the Afrobeats-tinged Rap of Belly Squad, kuduro-influenced producer Nídia; & some of the most exciting names in Grime, including Mez, Grandmixxer & YGG. We also welcome the UK’s answer to DJ Khaled — Kenny Allstar, Road Rap duo Skengdo x AM, Drill exponent Headie One & Bashment beatsmith Murlo. Also performing are Brummy OG Devilman, Afrobeats selectors Afro B & Mad J, House of Pharoahs's Sam Wise & DJ Funkz. Completing the line-up is Novelist, who appeared at the first Barbican Just Jam in 2014 & has since become one of the scene’s leading lights.
For 15 years, Tim & Barry have been at the fore of the Grime scene. Originally photographers, they became the first to document these underground sounds. They went on to launch Just Jam, pairing performance with graphic manipulation in an off-kilter visual style – think psychedelic shapes, dodgy rave graphics & Looney Tunes clips. Tonight, roaming cameras and mobile green screens will recreate Just Jam’s distinctive vibe on a huge scale.
*Due to unforeseen circumstances Naira Marley and P Montana, who were originally advertised as performing at this show, will no longer be appearing