Lamin Fofana (INT)
Label: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Non, Hundebiss
Period: Please enquire
Fofana is newly Berlin based talent via Sierra Leone and the United States. He ran the imprint Sci-Fi & Fantasy in a previous life but now focuses on facilitating the dialogue between techno in it's broadest sense, bridging aesthetics and socio-economics, "with ocean currents, with stale bread and dirty water" through his own live performances and recordings.
Vivid and evocative imagery adorns his current releases, and he approaches similar themes on his records:
"The music here is my response to surviving these traumatic and unpredictable times. Most of the new sounds came out of the experience of living and traveling around Europe. As a black African existing and moving in predominantly white spaces, you are under continuous scrutiny and harassment. White supremacy and racism have a certain gradation of intimate terrorism, and the darker your skin the more endangered you are."
"Brâncuși sculpting Beyoncé in gold lamé" is a line from Mike Ladd’s song “Blonde Negress” from the album Negrophilia. The album was inspired by Petrine Archer-Straw’s book of the same name (with the subtitle “Avant-Garde Paris and Black Culture in the 1920s”). The book explores the Paris art world's embrace of black American and African culture — and its co-option of black art and culture, which played heavily into Art Deco, Cubism, jazz, etc. I read the book some years back, but I love how Mike Ladd warps it, drawing a long line between Beyonce and Brancusi, whose Sleeping Muse was inspired by African masks."
Berlin's 3hd Festival 2018 (Details)
Milano Digital Week 2018 live performance video excerpt
Mail: andrew[at]phantom-limb.co.uk (UK, EU)
Photo: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower