BonaventurePresented by SHAPE
Bonaventure is Soraya Lutangu’s nom de guerre, under which she is developing sonic weaponry, designed to confront oppressive power structures. The artist has made it her mission to tell the story of violence, indifference and abuse fuelled by racism while searching for her own identity within and beyond her own African and European roots.
Her radio mixes, which frequent on Berlin community radio and London’s NTS, bring disparate genres into smooth sequences which she refuses to protect from abrupt collisions. In her work, Bonaventure mixes samples of political speeches, French rap as well as blurbs of contemporary popular black music such as 50 Cent and Rihanna. All of this is skillfully merged into one captivating, metallic beat that brings the audience on an intense trip of mixed emotions.
Her EP ‘Free Lutangu’ came out last year on PTP. Described by Lutangu as having been born out of “a violent clash of sorrow and love”, the EP explores themes of institutional racism and oppression – something she’s experienced first-hand growing up with mixed African and European heritage in Lausanne, Switzerland.
This performance is presented in the framework of SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe).