Sometimes the most fun performances are had when you volunteer your time, equipment and effort to give back to and build your community. The Subverse is a hip hop crew from Cape Town. Like many others, they are intent on breaking down barriers through music. According to their Facebook page, the aim of The Subverse is to connect musicians and like-minded people and to work towards a database of support. They invited us to join in jamming with them using our live electronic devices and instruments. So, this is what happened!
Improvising with The Subverse
The group spontaneously created much of the music on the night. The ability of rappers to improvise so skillfully is always impressive. Using their environment and crowd as the inspiration, they perform a type of lyrical jazz!
The parties involved in creating this event included:
Musicians Gareth Harvey of OctaveLeap, Django Flaherty and myself kept the tunes going. Music included samples from pioneering South African artist Digital Sangoma. Lastly, if you’re interested in how Cape Town’s musical landscape is changing with the times, keep an eye on my social work category.