Interview: Mrisi - BritYard Event Preview
Mrisi's Multicultural Melodies Take Center Stage at BritYard's Hidden Gem
London's hidden gem for live music and artisan delights, BritYard, is all set to host the mesmerising talent of Mrisi on Thursday, November 9th, 2023. This captivating event promises a unique fusion of musical heritage and culture in the heart of the city.
Mrisi, known for his versatile musical style, effortlessly blends a diverse heritage into his tracks. Raised by a South African musician father and an English poet mother, his music seamlessly combines traditional South African rhythms, jazz piano, grassroots hip-hop, and gritty British narratives. This unique fusion of influences includes his ancestral language, Shangaan Tsonga, contemporary rap, poetry, and storytelling.
Mr. Mrisi's artistry delves deep into themes such as immigration, 'Black Lives Matter,' and the complexities of identity. His music provides an emotionally charged journey that reflects his unique blend of cultures and influences. With profound depth and a style that breaks boundaries, Mrisi offers a one-of-a-kind musical experience.
Every Thursday in November, BritYard's subterranean event space will play host to a plethora of performances. Guests can expect a night of extraordinary live music, complemented by delectable light bites and refreshing beverages. This underground sanctuary promises an atmosphere that defies convention and stirs the soul, transporting the audience to a world like no other.
Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2023
Location: BritYard, 310-312 Remo House, Regent Street, London
Future dates include: 16th, 23rd, and 30th November 2023 at BritYard
This event is not to be missed, offering a unique opportunity to experience Mrisi's boundary-breaking music. For more information and ticket details, please visit the Eventbrite.
Could you share a bit about your connection to the London scene and your musical journey so far?
I studied in London where I met people from all over the world, I was within the hip hop community, I played in Latin bands, spent time with a lot of Rastas and spent time with some of the founders of African music in the UK. Some of my London people I have been connected to through family ties and I’ve been around the London Jazz scene. My musical journey has been long, my parents are both artists; my mother is a poet and my father a musician. My musical journey started in the Brighton Hip Hop community where I started rapping at open mic nights when I was underage and since I have been evolving into what I do now, a mix of jazzy piano and traditional southern African music. I have played piano since I was young and also written but I really feel like I’ve now settled as an artist and the vision is clear.
How does it feel to headline the Brityard event, performing in such an intimate, speakeasy-like setting in the heart of London?
It will be great. I’ve played a lot of intimate shows and I feel like it’s the type of setting that people can really experience my music and me as a person, it’s a lot more personal.
Your music is known for its unique fusion of South African rhythms and British influences. How do you think this blend will resonate with the audiences?
100% I think that people really enjoy experiencing culture and cultural fusion. That is exactly what my music is, you’ll hear my journey, where I’ve been and what matters to me but I also what I hope will make you think.
What does it mean to you to be part of an event that celebrates independent British brands and musicians?
Beautiful. I think that especially in this time independent art in any form is what keeps things fresh and moving. Everything is big business these days and I think we’re at the edge of an artistic and business revolution, people have personal needs and only ‘real’ people can provide that so I’m exited to be involved!!
Can you share any special insights into your upcoming performance at Brityard? Any surprises or particular songs you're excited to share with the audience?
I’m going to be taking you all on a journey through my music. From my debut EP ‘Mamela’ to more of my modern stuff, playing ancestral instruments and also very modern music. I’m sure you’ll all enjoy it!