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7 Dec

ARTICLE: Electro Duo “Maribou State” Hits South African Shores

We are happy to announce that South African Maribou State fans, are in for a treat! The electronic music duo who are known for their old skool and soulful electronic sound are coming to our shores and you would be well advised to brace yourself for a concert experience unlike any other.

For those of you who have never heard of Maribou State its about time you get out of your box, there’s so much life out there, live a little, allow yourself new and different experiences for you have been missing out. Perhaps you have rooted yourself in familiarity, but you have definitely denied yourself greatness.

It is time you enter the ultimate cathartic experience that is Maribou State. The electro music duo with an infused sound of soul and hints of trip hop consist of Chris Davids and Liam Ivory and have released some really dope EPs since getting together in 2011. After playing in a band together once they had fallen out of love with the music they had been individually making they found similarities in their tastes and decided to forge a partnership. “Releasing our first album was a big milestone for us and possibly up there as one of our biggest achievements, although I think headlining the Secret Garden Party festival in the UK last year probably takes pride of place. It had been a dream of ours for many years and very unexpectedly came true. The festival closed the following year so we’re extremely grateful that we got the opportunity when we did.” They go on to explain.

After watching numerous videos of them playing, one quickly realises that they have set themselves apart from the pack as a dynamic duo who bounce of each others energy, so when asked what the south African audience can expect from their set, they explain, “We tend to sonically roam around quite a lot in our DJ sets. We both have very eclectic tastes and we try and explore all different styles when we play. We also play a lot of our own edits of other people’s music.”

“We draw influence from all kinds of places. In anything creative, your output is a product of what you consume. We listen to all kinds of music, we like to travel a lot, we just try and stay happy and healthy to be in a good headspace to write music.” they said when talking about what inspires their music. After listening to a couple of their projects it becomes easy to pick up on all of what was mentioned to be an inspiration in making their music.

My introduction to Maribou State was through a remix they had done to one of Brandy’s songs. As a cover and remix enthusiast I felt at home, when discussing the pro’s and cons of remixing this is what they had to say “I guess it really depends on how you approach a remix. Some people indulge in all of the parts from the original and others less so. We’re more of the latter. We just try and find one part to work off. One hook or instrumental riff that we can centre our ideas around. The two processes are so very similar in our opinion – it just depends on how much justice you want to serve to original track that you’re recording.”

The duo who describe their music as a marriage of synthetic and organic sounds will be performing their DJ set in South Africa for two nights while being supported by some of South Africa’s greatest talents, the likes of Kid Fonque, Nonko Phiri and our very own P-Kuttah and Akio. If you’re in Joburg, you can check them out at the Good Luck Bar on the 9th of December 2017, it promises to be a great night

Written by: Kamo Tshikane

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