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Final names for SOBU2020

On the 26th of January we're organizing the fourth edition of The Sound of The Belgian Undergound at Ancienne Belgique. After countless listening sessions, a longlist that kept on growing, and a several revisions of the shortlist, we were able to select 9 national acts that value artistic freedom above a broader audience. Ikraaan, Clara! y Maoupa and Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe are the final acts that will join the SOBU2020 bill. 

Lead photo: Ikraaan photographed by Nina Lingadjaja 
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Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe

 

Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe is an ambitious theater maker, performer and ‘wannabe countertenor’. ‘Multidisciplinary’ is his favorite word and ‘busy’ might be his second – he performed in three plays this summer. Yet not everything has to be about profiling and success: when playing at SOBU with longtime collaborator Laurens Mariën (Alien Observer, Soldier’s Heart, Dolly Bing Bing), there will be room for songs like ‘do you smell the poop, poop, poop?’, too.

 

Clara! y Maoupa

 

‘Avant-reggaeton’ is a thing. DJ and MC Clara! grew up in Spain listening to reggaeton. Encouraged by experimental producer Maoupa Mazzocchetti, she became a songwriter in their collaborative project Clara! y Maoupa, a dancefloor friendly yet startling blend of trap, perreo and dancehall. The Brussels-based duo call themselves ‘club-ready’ but that doesn’t quite cover it.

 

Ikraaan

 

Ikraaan - ‘glitterprincess’ on Instagram and a self-proclaimed ‘clown’ on stage - is a 21-year-old from Mechelen. She released her first ep Happy Pill in September, inspired by her own traumas and struggles. Her stirring and personal Dutch r&b could (but shouldn’t) substitute your psych.

The Sound Of The Belgian Underground 
26 Jan - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
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