The Selector LIVE party series introduces Russian audiences to cutting edge music from the UK – from UK Garage and Neo Soul to dubstep and IDM.
On 29 September 2017, Moscow’s Powerhouse club presented Kojey Radical, London-based poet, musician and artist. Kojey's distinctive approach to rap music, tackling structural racism and class inequality, has led him to make some of the most important music in the UK today with sold out shows and live sets at Boiler Room and Tate Britain.
His third EP, IN GODS BODY is a meditation on self and the realities and anxieties of life. The title of the album is a nod to GYE NYAME, a Ghanaian symbol for the supremacy of God, and explores the notion that though we are flawed, we all have an inner strength, an inner godliness.
Guest performers on the album include Grime legend Ghetts and Shola Ama, as well as Milo Smith, MARTi, Tamera Foster, Obongjayar and Shae. The sounds morph from sharp, borderline trap beats into disjointed jazz and the EP’s production, in conjunction with KZ, Zach Nahome, Parker, Greatness Jones and Pote, completes the picture, creating the ideal environment for the fluid and introspective rhymes of Kojey Radical.
Selector PRO 2017
Selector PRO is a music forum of events and activities bringing industry professionals from the UK and Russia together with a wider audience. Now in its third year, it grew out of The Selector, an award-winning London-based radio show featuring the best in contemporary UK music, across all styles. Produced by the British Council, the show has an audience of over three million listeners in 40 countries around the world.
Selector PRO 2017 features a brand new format, and will run as a professional development programme for the music industry. Selector PRO 2017 aims to create links between UK and Russian industry and entrepreneurship, provide training and support for developing Russian musicians, managers and journalists and share professional expertise and showcase new talent from the UK.
The British Council has curated the professional development programme, consisting of four short-courses, in partnership with the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), a higher education institution in the UK specialising in contemporary music.The courses ran in for a week in September and November 2017, as well as in January 2018. They will continue in March 2018 and will include:
- an intensive seminar led by a BIMM tutor and a local partner;
- a public lecture by an industry insider from the UK;
- a music studio residency with musicians from the UK and Russia;
- Selector LIVE parties with live music from the UK.