100% Pop: A Homage to Grace Jones
To launch Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2018, Serendipity present the UK debut of 100% POP, an Afrofuturistic soundclash featuring Nora Chipaumire and DJ Atiyyah Kahn. Bringing dance and music together to celebrate International Dance Day.
Pop music is defined as chart music: short songs with basic verse chorus structure, commercial and accessible. Quite the opposite of the aesthetic of punk, the enterprise of pop music is not always considered as a true art, although it’s production values are usually high. 100% Pop is inspired by model, singer and actor, Grace Jones. As iconic in pop culture as Patti Smith in punk culture, Grace Jones remains untethered to norms and thrives within the margins of polite society, she defiantly remains a legitimate pop star. Nora Chipaumire creates an imagined utopia drawing from the memories of a formless girl being shaped as she discovers Grace Jones amidst a changing political and social context; the fall of communism, the return of freedom, and the rise of music television.
Nora Chipaumire’s work challenges and embraces the stereotypes of Africa and the Black performing body. Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in New York City, Nora is a three time Bessie Award winner, including for her revival of her solo dark swan, set as an ensemble piece for Urban Bush Women which featured in the programme for LDIF16. Nora’s performance will mark International Dance Day and the launch of LDIF18. Atiyyah Kahn is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and is the co-founder of music collective Future Nostalgia. As selector ‘El Corazon’ she plays a variety of sounds from dub, to cumbia, afrobeat, jazz and funk. By day, Atiyyah works as an arts journalist and music writer.