During Rewire 2023, the British Nigerian multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie will perform a live rendition of her long awaited debut album The Swan (2022) together with her band. A sprawling, Afrofuturist, genre-bending opus of polyrhythmic bliss, The Swan is rebellious and radical music with kaleidoscopic vocals, ecstatic percussion, and soul-stirring sound design. Carving out a bold new Afrofuturist imaginary, Ebizie uses her music to open gates into the ritual cultures of the Black Atlantic. The Swan is a work of sonic fiction moving into the imagined world of a matriarchal community, and unfolding like a time-warping ethnographic account of found sound and footage that is both ancient and futuristic. The project brings together Ebizie’s left-field electronic experiments, cross-border musical influences, radical live art practices, and interests in Black Atlantic ritual cultures and speculative fiction.
Nwando Ebizie performs on Saturday 8 April.