Massive Hip Hop Choir – Barkley Arts Centre
Australia’s first hip hop choir, MASSIVE blends old skool hip hop, traditional choral harmonies and body percussion to create a genre of hip hop powered by diversity and Westside ingenuity. MASSIVE is a group of young urban artists aged 18 – 25 who identify as Tongan/Fijian, Cook Islander, Niuean, Samoan, Lebanese/Tongan Caribbean/North African, Filipino, Comoros islander, Tanzanian, English/Spanish, and Indonesian. MASSIVE has created a new genre of hip hop that combines original rap lyrics, fresh beats, lush three part harmonies, body percussion, traditional pacific island dance and street choreography. Drawing on the strength of their diversity, MASSIVE is well into its second year and has been performing and recording their unique repertoire that is flavoured with old skool hip hop, gospel, traditional cultural tunes and protest music.
MASSIVE is produced by Barkly Arts Centre, a division of Western Region Health Centre in the heart of Melbourne’s west. Creatively produced by Liss Gabb and Mary Quinsacara; MASSIVE has collaborated with Deaf Arts Network, Anti Racism Action Band, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Dig Deep program, South Sudanese rap star Emmanuel Jal, Diafrix, Blue King Brown, hip hop artists Lotek and Lesson, Multicultural Arts Victoria, OZ Soul Collective, Big West festival and Outer Urban Projects. MASSIVE has run workshops with schools and community choirs across the west, in prisons, youth justice centres and regional Koori communities.