Megaloh (Nesola/ DE)
After two top ten albums, a sold out tour for his "Regenmacher" album and the release of the mixtape "Auf Ewig 3", one could think of taking a possible break. Megaloh, your favorite rapper's favorite MC, instead continued his musical output with performances in Nigeria and a recording session with Afrobeat-Pioneer Tony Allen and its release called "Regenmacher - Afrobeat Session". In 2017, besides several features, the EP "Herb & Mango" with Trettmann & Kitschkrieg and countless performances at European festivals, he recorded the new album "Platz an der Sonne" with his DJ & Producer Ghanaian Stallion and his Rap-Colleague Musa as the collective BSMG (BrothersAndSistersMoveGlobally|BrüderSchaffenMehrGemeinsam). The album will be released on September 22.
T-Ser (Akashic/ AT)
T-Ser is an Austrian MC who started making music at the age of 11. His style combines versatile flows on rapid trap beats with socio-critical lyrics. His Remix of Miami Yacine's "Kokaina" in 2016 went viral and ended up with over one million views on Youtube. Besides performing at Donauinselfest, Hype Festival and Juicy Beats he opened up shows for Azad, Masta Ace and MOP. His latest mixtape "Gang Oder Gar Nicht" was released in August 2017.
Rich Medina (Jump N'Funk/ US)
For the past two decades, Rich Medina has cemented his reputation as an elite DJ, one of few on the planet capable of taking audiences worldwide on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, soul, afrobeat, funk, breaks and dance classics. His eloquence extends well beyond the music he plays—Medina’s spontaneous use of language speaks to the fact that he’s been a well-respected spoken word artist for over a quarter century, not to mention that he’s a journalist who has contributed columns and features to a wide variety of publications, including The Fader, Complex and Wax Poetics. True to his knack for being in the right place at the right time, in 2001, Medina established an unprecedented nine year run with his legendary party Lil’ Ricky’s Rib Shack at APT, in NYC. One of Medina’s proudest achievements has been establishment of JUMP N FUNK in 2001, North America’s Original Afrobeat party, dedicated to the late Nigerian icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The groundwork laid down by Medina via his JNF brand to raise global awareness (not to mention the dancefloor potential) for Afrobeat was silently vital in setting the stage, literally and figuratively, for the award-winning Broadway and worldwide run of “Fela!”.
In 2012, Medina was approached by the Cornell University's director of The Cornell Hip Hop Collection (http://preservinghiphop.org) to become the first ever Cornell alumnus to join their esteemed advisory board. The collection consists of the largest acquisition of rare and at-risk materials and artifacts covering the beginnings of hip hop culture—the most extensive held by any organization in the US. He has lectured on numerous topics and moderated multiple panel discussions for Cornell’s Music and Africana departments.
Afroschnitzel (MoBlack/ Vienna | Frankfurt)
Afroschnitzel is the collaboration of Vienna-based musician & producer Ayotheartist and Frankfurt-based DJ/ producer Mohig. While attending an international boarding school in the Czech Republic they quickly connected through a similar eclectic taste of music. After years of studying and working in London and Frankfurt, they started to incorporate organic sounds and jazz elements as opposed to strictly synthesized music into their production. In January 2017 they released the "Womb of Libation"-EP, inspired by Yoruba culture and other afro vibrations with a western, European twist. The generated buzz of this release led to them being signed to the renowned Afro House Imprint MoBlack Records. Within the last months they have released the EPs "Disco Voudou" and "Breads & Circuses".
Flo Real (Mahogani Music/ Vienna)
Florence’s musical roots can be found in the Soul, Disco, Boogie & Funk sound of the 1980s. Her first musical playground was her father's vinyl collection. Influenced by her viennese environment and by radio broadcasts such as Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show, Florence ultimately discovered the different varieties of electronic music for herself. Besides early DJ gigs at the legendary Dub Club at Vienna’s Flex club, she also gained experience being the warm-up DJ for Kruder & Dorfmeister and their international guests at the monthly G-Stone sessions. Besides numerous gigs at home and abroad, Florence upgraded the private radio station 98.3 Superfly as a presenter of the daytime show “Superfly Lounge” for 2 years. Since joining Team Mahogani in 2010, she travels the globe at the side of no other than Kenny Dixon Jr. aka Moodyman, as his tour manager and support DJ. In her selections Flo Real playfully combines all these influences and when asked about her favorite genre, Vienna’s Finest will let you know she prefers “that good stuff”.
Cherrellone Mizgebonez (Vienna)
Cherrellone is an Austrian singer/ rapper and member of the band Mizgebonez. Her song “Sommertag” made it to VIVA’s Top 20 Charts in 2012. With her band Mizgebonez she competed in the 2015 Austrian Preliminaries for the Eurovision Song contest. The band’s debut album “Inserat” was released the same year under the label Irievibrations Records. In addition to her musical career she works as a Casting Director and Talent Scout for Austrian movies and Commercials. Together with her sister Leni Charles she recently created the performance “Never ask a black man how he’s been”, which premiered in NYC in 2017 and will be shown in Vienna in the near future. She is currently working on her first solo album “Aeracura” which is set to be released in 2018.
Mahir Jamal (Vienna)
Born and raised in Vienna, Mahir started attending the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2009. His motivation for his artistic creation is the engagement with stereotypical presentations in photography. Driven by the constant categorization of his work, he maneuvers playfully between classic motives of photography.
Portrait or landscape shots are developed on baryta paper and are concealed with thin aluminum plates. Opposed to the usual careful treatment of such material, Mahir crumples it in a way that a relief-like structure is formed. Simultaneously, the transformation of the surface leads to an abstraction of the image. The technical and highly sensitive act of photography ends up being a rough power process. Mahir, who wants to break from norm and habits, is also inspired by painting. His generated ideas are realized through photography in sculptural and pictorial form.
Tonica Hunter (Vienna/ London)
Tonica Hunter, 28, was born and raised in London and is of Jamaican heritage. She moved to Vienna in 2014 to work for an international organisation on Migration policy. Outside of her day jobs, Tonica has been active in the arts (music) and social-political events scene in Vienna over the course of her time in here, both (co)founding collectives and being part of initiatives (blackout cookout) which work with the black community in Vienna. As well as placing importance on connecting this community intersectionally, her approach looks at the deconstruction of white space and the claiming and ownership of space through recreation and arts.