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Saturday 3 September

MOMO Festival 2022

MC Yallah & Debmaster

Grim raps and stirring bass music: Kenyan MC Yallah and French producer Debmaster complement each other seamlessly. Kubali, the duo’s debut album, was released in 2019 via a sub-label of the leading Ugandan Nyege Nyege collective.

Shortly afterwards, the two made their first trip to Europe; their show at the Polish Unsound Festival was among the best of the week according to Resident Advisor. The next step was a full European tour, including an acte de presence at MOMO 2020, but corona threw a spanner in the works. Still, there was a bright spot: there was plenty of time and space to record new music again – the duo’s second album is on its way.

In the meantime, MC Yallah and Debmaster can be found on European stages again. For example, they performed at Boomtown Festival in Ghent last summer. “The energy of her performance and the aggressive beats spoke for themselves: MC Yallah shattered the language barrier”, judged Knack Focus (four stars). That promises something for their live debut in Rotterdam.

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