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B?NY | #013 | BAM! this is a special edition

As you might already be aware of, the team behind B?NY is based in Barcelona. Therefore, we are very close to everything that goes on in the local scene of this vibrant city.

This week Barcelona will celebrate La Mercè, its annual festivity, which year after year offers a long weekend packed with concerts –among other activities–.

During these days, one of the most exciting events for music lovers happens to be BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical), a –free!– music festival that floods the city with amazing local talents but also unique proposals –often emerging gems– from all over the world.

Despite the current situation the world is going through at the moment, the team behind BAM has managed to pull off an incredible line up that is packed with amazing artists, mainly from the national scene this year, but still with some very interesting international acts. Same quality as always, just with social distancing and hand sanitiser this time.

As you have probably guessed already, we decided to talk about some of the artists that will perform at BAM hereafter, in this special edition of the newsletter. Live music should not stop!

It becomes difficult to describe the music of Jimi Somewhere, someone who has proven to be determined to create his own path, no matter what the traditional playbook states. Having spent the first 16 years of his life in a quiet little town in Norway, right after finishing high school, he and his good friend Milo decided to fly to L.A. with the intuition that a stay there could potentially boost their artistic carreer. And it happened: they met a producer, signed to a label and made his most praised work to date, “PONYBOY” –btw, Jimi loves cinema, this title is a movie reference and, actually, cinematic could be a fair adjective for his music–.

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Siwo is the alter ego of Simonal Bie, a producer, vocalist, beat-maker, ethnomusicologist and dancer of Mozambican origin. He is considered one of the pioneers in promoting the Afrobeat scene in Barcelona, where he now resides. His amazing sound is described as “electronic Afrofuturist with touches of hip-hop, punk, soul and Afrobeat”. We can't wait to hear live his new album, released last May!

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EJ Marais is an artist with a variety of cultural backgrounds, from England to South Africa but also the Pyrenees. Settled now in Barcelona, he's focusing on exploring insights of not just R&B music, but also lo-fi and synthetic sounds combining it with live music such as percussion or piano solo’s. He’ll be presenting “Cuts” in the iconic Model's prison scenario during La Mercé, his first album released this summer, and we couldn’t be more excited to enjoy him live!

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The british minimalist singer-songwriter blends elements of classical, metal and post-rock to make an extraordinary mix that has us hooked. With a background in classical piano and cello, she is able to captivate the listener into a dreamy but also emotional atmosphere. Don't miss her!

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“Collective” might be the most accurate way to describe House of Pharaohs in a single word. They are all about friendship, shared dreams and collaborative creation. Their art goes beyond music borders, and proof of that is the fact when talking about the amount of people that belong to House of Pharaohs, they also count their management, fashion and graphic designers as members. Full of passion, optimism and commitment, their hip hop beats can already be heard through many headphones and speakers within UK –even Frank Ocean played them in his Blonded Radio–, and soon most likely all over the world.

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