Rusangano Family is made up of God Knows, MuRli and mynameisjOhn. 2 MCs and 1 DJ. Based in the West of Ireland, the trio has been steadily building their own unique brand of dynamic bass-led music that owes little to genre clichés and style restrictions. Despite their diverse cultural backgrounds, the group operates first and foremost as a family unit. They want you as part of the family too. While the trio have been working together closely over the last two years, Rusangano Family is the amalgamated title that would see the unit push forward with from March 2015.
Exploring issues such as identity and belonging, Rusangano Family deliver a hefty dose of honest double-edged lyricism over skewed soul samples, 808 beats and sliced-up breaks. Wearing their hip-hop and electronic influences proudly on their sleeves, Rusangano Family aren’t an act willing to conform to the styles associated with their respective backgrounds. Instead of struggling with the idea of being different, they celebrate it. Sure the rules are only there to be broken.
Releases such as the ‘Surface Tension EP’ and the ‘Rusangano / Family’ album have led to support slots with Run The Jewels, Young Fathers, Snoop Dogg and BadBadNotGood, as well as headlining dates at festivals all around Ireland, including Body & Soul, Other Voices and Hard Working Class Heroes. They have garnered radio airplay around the world from RTE to the BBC to NPR, and January 2014 saw the release of MuRli’s ‘Surface Tension EP’ to large acclaim and airplay on the BBC and Indie Shuffle.
Late 2015 and early 2016 saw the group focus on writing and recording their debut album in Limerick and Clare. The first single to emerge from the new album was ‘Heathrow’, “a timely combination that tries to makes sense of heady issue by focusing on the human aspects of migration”, according to leading US arts website, NPR. This was followed by the video single ‘Lights On’, which was filmed in collaboration with BlindBoy Boatclub of The Rubberbandits.
Following on from their riotous appearances at SXSW and Eurosonic 2016, the group released their debut album, ‘Let The Dead Bury The Dead’ on April 8th drawing high praise in the music world, with airplay on the BBC, along with coverage on Pitchfork, Nialler 9 and the Sunday Times. The album release was supported by a sold-out Irish tour along with European and Irish festival slots notably, Electric Picnic (IRL), Winterthur Musikfestwochen (Switzerland), The Great Escape (UK), Shambala (UK), Festival de la Cité (Switzerland).
“An album where questions about identity, equality and diversity loom large, Let The Dead Bury The Dead is an album which feels more 2016 than other Irish release around at present.”The Irish Times
“They are questioning, uncovering, showing us perspectives and experiences unknown to ourselves and at the same time, by doing what they do so well, are proposing new ways forward.”Nialler 9
“Rusangano Family may have made the most important Irish album in years. Both as a social document and artistic endeavor, it certainly doesn’t have many rivals.” -Golden Plec.com
“One of the best opening acts we’ve had. Great energy, nice kids. Some of the beats are crazy.” Trackstar The DJ (Run The Jewels)