Black Magic Rawrr (BMR)
Collective of Black Artists crafting Afro-futurist Art Black Magic Rawrr (BMR) are sound artist, DJ, Curator, writer-activist Karen Miano, lesbian rapper Cami and musician and spoken word artist Osaro. Their most recent performance was at Centre Culturel Irlandais in June. Black Magic Rawrr was given centre stage this year at the Alternating Current Festival with Dublin Digital Radio this autumn at The Complex. Karen is Co-founder of Origins Eile, a grassroots community responsive organisation dedicated to creating safe spaces & platforms for QTIBPOC (Queer Trans Intersex, Indigenous Black & People of Colour). Origins Eile recently ran an array of events with the theme: Queer Afro-Futurism: DESTINY programmed in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2020. Origins Eile have also put together a critical publication to highlight the vast narratives of Queer Black people, in association with Black Pride Ireland, entitled – TONGUES. Cami is an Irish, lesbian rapper based in Dublin who has slowly and steadily crafted a comfortable and versatile rap style by working on experimental/complex beats. Cami was named one of GCN’s artists to watch in 2019. Her latest single Tipsy, produced by S.E.M.I, is available to stream on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Irish-Nigerian artist and activist Osaro’s work focuses on musical and spoken-word performances hoping to change the experiences of under-represented minorities, through her own brand of “cozy activism.” Earlier this year, she resided in Paris at the Centre Culturel Irlandais to collaborate with the French composer Nicol Faer on a live soundscape, based on the biblical lore of the Age of War in the Kingdom of Heaven. Later in October, Osaro’s first-ever audio-visual piece ‘Obsidian Black’ was hand-picked for a special screening at GAZE International Film Festival 2022. She recently performed at Hot Brown Honey: Hive City Legacy at Dublin Fringe Festival.