Rusangano Family to bring music to a ‘global audience’

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Rusangano Family's new single tackles the issue of immigration: Pictured are MuRLI, MynameisjOhn and God Knows. Picture: Patrick O'Brien
LIMERICK based hip-hop/electro trio Rusangano Family have been booked to play at two major international music trade festivals in 2016.

LIMERICK based hip-hop/electro trio Rusangano Family have been booked to play at two major international music trade festivals in 2016.

The trio, made up of the Zimbabwean born, Shannon raised, Limerick identifying rapper God Knows Jonas and vocalist MuRLI - based in Limerick, but of Togolese descent - plus top scratch turntablist and producer MynameisjOhn - alter ego of Clare man John Lillis, who also plies his trade in Limerick - have been booked to play at SXSW in America and Eurosonic in the Netherlands next year.

Both are major conference and showcase festivals for emerging and established acts and fuels an already rocketing profile for the group, who recently released superb new single Heathrow, the first from debut album Let The Dead Bury The Dead, due out early next year.

Reacting to the news, Lillis said: “Ah listen, it’s such a huge buzz to get invited to play SXSW and Eurosonic. These represent the two biggest music showcases in the US and Europe. Its a bit like the music equivalent of qualifying for the World Cup.

“We’re pretty humbled and thankful, it’s especially great that a sound which is born in Limerick and Clare can be noticed by a wider global audience.

“We’ve got a lot of new music that we’re eager to finish, and we really hope we’re crafting something different and honest for the people. In 2016, we’re ready to spread some Rusangano love, on stage and on record,” he added.

The trio previously released the album Rusangano/Family in 2014, an 11-track monster bursting with honesty and samples, a hip hop-electro mash-up that won them fans as diverse as Snoop Dog and Ed Sheeran. They later adopted the name full time and haven’t looked back.

New single Heathrow - featuring Steve Ryan of Windings and Giveamanakick fame on guitar - takes aim at the controversial issue of immigration and conclusions often drawn on a subject that is far from black and white.

Rusangano Family play the Kasbah Social Club on December 21. See www.dolans.ie.