NOMADIC MASSIVE is a unique crowd-rocking, multilingual hip hop crew based out of Montreal. Known for their explosive shows and sharp socially conscious lyrics, Lou Piensa, Waahli, Meryem, Tali, Ali Sepu and Butta Beats have have captivated audiences worldwide with their own mix of global beats, based on live instrumentation and the art of sampling. The Miwa EP is the band’s most recent release. An upcoming LP is on its way, scheduled for a 2019 release, in time for their 15th anniversary.
Montreal’s own Nomadic Massive has firmly established itself as a group of premier performers and skilled musicians in a genre that has evolved from its early days of two turntables and a microphone. These musical nomads represent an open-minded Hip-Hop which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past; combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles.
This multilingual, multicultural, super-group has become synonymous with energetic and crowd-moving live shows. Sharing the stage with such notable acts as Ariane Moffatt (2010) « An chante pou Ayiti », Wyclef Jean (2008), K’naan (2005), and Guru’s Jazzmatazz (2008); Nomadic has also performed at world class festivals including the Montreal International Jazz Festival (2007), and in Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square’s Global Rhythms Festival (2008), and the Harbourfront Global Hip-Hop Festival (2006, 2007).
The group has also left its mark internationally; initiating socio-cultural exchanges with like-minded artists from Sao Paolo, Brazil (2008) and in Havana, Cuba (2004, 2006). In both countries, these initiatives involved educational and musical workshops, concerts and studio collaborations. From these enriching exchanges, the grassroots “Get Down” mix-tape series came to life; showcasing the collaborations as well as solo contributions from Brazilian and Cuban artists. Functioning somewhat as ambassadors, Nomadic continues to redefine what Hip-Hop can achieve on a global level.
With the first critically acclaimed EP, Nomads Land (2004), more than 3000 copies were sold independently on the strength of the group’s performances before inking a distribution deal with Montreal-Toronto based Public Transit Recordings. As the group’s ongoing explorations open up new ways to interpret a musical style that has traditionally been marginalized, the “more” that has always existed in the Hip-Hop movement is revealed in everything that is Nomadic Massive.
The Prismatic Arts Festival (Halifax), Afrikadey! World Music Festival (Calgary), Hamilton World Music Festival, Festival Rudolstadt, Festival international de jazz de Montréal, Lula Lounge (Toronto), Festival international de Lafayette, Festival Musique du Bout du Monde de Gaspé, Festival International des Rythmes du Monde de Chicoutimi, Washington Kennedy Center, Madison world music theater, Le Printemps de Bourges and more.
Butta Beats (drum)
Ali Sepu (guitar)
Diegal Leger (bass)
Lou Piensa (vocal)
Nomadic Massive Productions
(514) 312-7142 poste 201
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