DJ Haram Presents 700 Bliss, M|GHTHAUNT, Bearcat, Marcelline
DJ Haram + 700 Bliss
Friday, September 22
It’s the 21st Festival and we’re finally old enough to drink, so we’re clubbing tonight!
DJ Haram is a queer producer and DJ originally from New Jersey, currently based in Philadelphia. Stylistically versatile, she throws down for Jersey, Philly, and Baltimore with club and booty bounce sets but also has been known to pay homage to her roots in the tradition of Middle Eastern dance music and of DIY noise and experimental sound. DJ Haram (along with Moor Mother) is 1/2 of the noise/rap group 700 BLISS. In Philly Haram curates a few nights; a legal fundraiser party series (f)LAWLESS, a monthly live/DIY hip hop night ‘Gas’, and a monthly radio program RAGE RADIO on 91.7FM. She is touring North America and Europe in spring/summer 2017; recent tour highlight performances include Unsound Dislocation Cruise Krakow, De School Amsterdam, Creamcake Berlin, Razzmatazz Barcelona, Paradox Baltimore, GHE2OG0TH1K New York City, Club Chai Oakland, and Drake Hotel Toronto.
Moor Mother of 700 Bliss, a.k.a. Philadelphia musician and community activist Camae Ayewa, has been putting out music at the intersection of noise, free jazz, punk, and rap for several years. In 2016, her politically charged album, Fetish Bones, saw her reach a wider audience with its non-linear telling of black American history through spoken word, thickets of samples, and looped electronics. Now, just months later, a radical new record titled The Motionless Present follows in its wake to confront subjects of memory and trauma, truth and survival, and resistance. A poet who describes herself as a “nerd about language,” Ayewa is a storyteller who always favors a multi-angled narrative over a single story, using soundscapes and words to craft a record that she describes as a “whole collage of space and time” told “from the heart.”
M|GHTHAUNT (Live PA)
Cheikh “Booney” Athj (stagename M|GHTHAUNT) is a Senegalese-Amurdercanwriter, musician, and mover from Pasadena, CA. A dark throat and a liminal song, Cheikh navigates time working in syringe exchange, learning Ableton, singing something soulful, and listening for which ghosts linger and loom. Operating from an incalculable blackness, Cheikh’s work seeks to trouble how we as black folk see, witness, and reckon with the becoming of the black (queer) body.
Drawing from deeply personal experiences and diasporic root’s, her ear guides her into creating bass-heavy uncompromising, powerful mixes that harness a symbiotic energy between the music and the crowd to generate the perfect soundtrack to any event.
MARCELLINE (DJ set)
Marcelline Mandeng is a Cameroonian-born artist using their body as a primary medium and subject alongside video, sound and sculpture to create ephemeral installations artworks. With a strong belief in community building, their work questions the socio-political landscape that informs the experiences of a naturalized citizen living at the intersections of blackness and gender non-conformity/variance, selfhood as a form of myth building and spiritual healing as a way to cope with trauma . They received their BFA from the Maryland Institute college of art in 2015 and have exhibited works at Mercer Union in Toronto, Company Gallery in Manhattan, No Nations Art Gallery In Chicago, NADA at Art Basel Miami and MoMA Ps1 just to name a few.