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Curse Ov Dialect – group from Melbourne formed in 1994 with the original line up consisting of MC Raceless, MC Malice and DJ Paso Bionic. Current members are Raceless, Volk Makedonski, Atarungi ;Paso Bionic. Its members represent a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds – Anglo-Indian, Pakistani, Maltese, Macedonian, and Maori. First release was in 1995. They were the first Australian hip-hop group to be signed to an American record label https://curseovdialect.bandcamp.com/
They have toured the world playing Europe (2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010), the United States (2004), Japan (2009, 2010), and various music and arts festivals including Big Day Out
Reaching out to the world from their home in Melbourne, Australia, Curse Ov Dialect consists of vocalists Raceless, Vulk Makedonski, Aturungi, and August The 2nd with DJ Paso Bionic. All five crew members share production duties. With a diverse range of backgrounds, their music comes off as a non-homogenized tapestry of culture. Their political raps, razor sharp writing, unique flows, and standout production accurately represents their knowledge of hip-hop as world music and the multi-cultural climate of their homeland. Their live show combines unrelenting energy, fine tuned execution, and jaw dropping costumes to create a one-of-a-kind concert experience that tears the hip-hop rule book to pieces. Curse Ov Dialect leave their mark after just one performance or listen.
Curse Ov Dialect is an alternative hip hop group based in Melbourne, Australia. It consists of Raceless, Volk Makedonski, Atarungi, and Paso Bionic. They were the first Australian hip-hop group to be signed to an American record label. They have been described as having a “wild theatricality with an urgent street politic, raw cultural expression with collagist, first generation hip-hop aesthetics, surrealism with activism.
The non-conformist, political ethos of the enigmatic Australian group has garnered a strong worldwide cult following, including that of Samuel T. Herring from Future Islands, who collaborates on the new track Twisted Strangers under his rap alias, Hemlock Ernst which premiered on Highly acclaimed U.S Music Blog Pitchfork in September 2015.
The group are renowned for their intense live performances involving elaborate costumes, audience participation and Dadaist stage theatrics. Sebastian Chan in Cyclic Defrost writes that “their early shows had more in common in terms of theatrics with Throbbing Gristle than anything hiphop” while Joe Tangari in Pitchfork Media describes their performance as “like the Village People gone to the dark side, with a caped, masked weirdo and a staff-wielding Maltese duke flanking the stage and two guys in the middle dressed respectively like a South Asian prince and a mental hospital patient with severe head traumau
Laneway Festival (2007), Livid (2003), What is Music? (2000-2003), This Is Not Art (2001, 2003), Liverpool Biennial (2004), Incubate (2007), and Fusion Festival (2010)
First Australian Hip Hop artist with a U.S release…
Reaching out to the world from their home in Melbourne, Australia, Curse ov Dialect consists of MCs ‘Raceless’ & ‘Volk Makedonski’, Vocalists ‘Aturungi’ – now known as ‘nothing’ (as in silence) – & ‘August the 2nd’ backed up by DJ / Producer ‘Paso Bionic’.With a diverse range of backgrounds (Maltese, Macedonian, Anglo-Indian, Maori, and Pakistani), their music comes off as a non-homogenized tapestry of culture. Their political raps, razors sharp writing, unique flows, and standout production accurately represents their knowledge of hip-hop as world music and the multi-cultural climate of their homeland.Their live show combines unrelenting energy, fine tuned execution, and jaw dropping costumes to create a one-of-a-kind concert experience that tears the hip-hop rulebook to pieces. Curse ov Dialect leave their mark after just one performance or listen Curse represents cultural backgrounds. They launched onto the international stage in 2004 with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts playing at venues across the United States, Europe and Japan. The recent release Wooden Tongues has been well received in the local and international press and signals a new era for the group in that the blend of experimental and more accessible aspects of their music has been achieved with more fluidity and professionalism than in the past.
– Formed in 1994, The surrealist multicultural rap group Curse Ov dialect has been an anomaly in the music scene .Paso Bionic,Raceless,Atarangi,August 2 and Volk makedonski use ethnic samples and avante garde music married to rap in their songs and dress in folk costumes live.Curse ov dialect were the 1st rap orientated Australian act signed in the U.S in 2003 on L.A based MUSH records.
Melbourne VIC, Australia