HARRGA / UK
Harrga (‘a burn’ in the Moroccan Darija dialect) started mid-2017. Compelled by the escalating migration crisis, Miguel Prado (Nzumbe) and Dali de Saint Paul (EP/64, Viridian Ensemble & DSC) decided to pay tribute to the ‘Harragas’ (people who cross borders illegally and must burn their papers, thus losing their identity.) After sharing bills with Moor Mother, Matana Roberts, Mica Levi, Sounds of Sisso, Senyawa and being commissioned to play at Wysing Polyphonic 2018 they have released their debut album this May 19, ‘Héroïques Animaux de la Misère’ with Avon Terror Corps and ft. Moor Mother.
‘Héroïques Animaux de la Misère’’s music is a meditation on the horror of that which crevasses borders. Turning white innocence in the Black Mediterranean into a survival horror show, Harrga tries to hijack the diasporic sound trajectories. Dali de Saint Paul mixes poetics and politics, singing in French, Darija and some English. She spits with fire and fury, though there is a tangible compassion in her pained lamentations. Paired with Miguel Prado’s singular, amorphous noise-design, they conjure a seething and thoroughly anomalous vision of contemporary industrial music.