REProduce Dhaka at Jatra Biroti
Saturday, 24th March 2018, 7-11 PM
**Donor Passes available at the door at BDT500**
On Saturday, March 24th, New Delhi based music collective REProduce Artists will finally bring their signature performance series to Bangladesh. We are really excited to be able to do this with Akaliko Records, a collective of musicians and curators who we have been listening to for some time; we're very happy to be finally working together to do what we do in a city as big and complex as Dhaka.
The underlying context aims to fill a gap in the ever iterating and increasingly varied community of live music in India by showcasing talent that might not get heard in the more mainstream oriented venues. REProduce Listening Room has focused purely on the music – in a space where an audience can absorb sound on their own terms.
This iteration of the series will be happening just after TEDx BaileyRoad, and will unfold over two spaces at Jatra Biroti. As such, we will be able to showcase both local and visiting talent to a broader audience than we may have been able to otherwise, and with a goal of building a means to cross this border more often in the months to come.
National Animal (Kolkata, India)
Somdev Thakur has been making music under a number of aliases for some time, having played in his hometown of Kolkata for years. However, I met him as - by virtue of a sort of community that began to flourish around our events in Delhi - a sound technician. Although, to be sure, the very first time I met him he was playing guitar for a collaboration between Goa based rapper MC Kaur and Delhi based unclassifiable three piece Smooth Relax. So, I suppose there was always a signal that he did make music. For this iteration, its that latter part of his pedigree that we are proud to showcase. National Animal allows Somdev a sort of canvas to paint a picture with his varied influences; vocal stylings, rapping, live electronic music production all come together here into something that is at times both hilarious and head nodding. This will be his first time in Bangladesh.
Space/Ghost (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Soundcloud bios are usually three words and a bunch of links; in this case it’s “cellophane , buttons , coffee cup , prehistoric canned peaches , Sasquatch !!!!!!” Note the six exclamation points. No idea. Alternatively, “In his original incarnation, he was a superhero who, with his teen sidekicks Jan, Jace, and Blip the monkey, fought supervillains in outer space.” Alternatively, he works with PAs and knows the system at the venue. But really, and perhaps most relevantly, he is a producer with years of experience behind him, and we are very excited to be able to showcase him here.
Towfique Ahmed (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
We’ve been talking to Akaliko to figure out a way to put Towfique on for ages, and it looks like this is finally the time. It’s hard to describe what exactly Towfique does. Born and raised in Khulna, he is trained as a lawyer, but I can’t think of many lawyers who rack up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube as a performing artist. His father was an exceptional orator, his mother worked as a social worker and writer, he himself clearly has opinions about the world around him, and, they resonate. And the man can rap.
Sinin (Khulna, Bangladesh)
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For more information please visit:
Jatra Biroti: jatrabd.com/jatra-biroti
REProduce Artists: instagram.com/reproduceartists
Listening Room: win.gs/2iqDjpX