Mrisi

Pianist, rapper, singer and producer Mrisi is a multifaceted artist who showcases a varied musical background and a sensitivity to music which results in tracks with substance.

The development of his music unifies his heritage and areas of influence. A South African musician father and English poet mother have made musicality and lyricism part of his upbringing and the diversity is evident in his sound. Sounds from traditional South African riddims to Jazz piano and grass roots Hip Hop which can be heard alongside gritty British narrative, drill and house. He fuses evocative sounds of South Africa and his ancestral language Shangaan Tsonga, with current British rap, poetry and stories that range from immigration to ‘black lives matter’ to conflicts of identity. 

“..truly poetic flair.” ~ Complex Magazine

Mrisi released his debut EP Mamela in 2018 to critical acclaim and since then, a series of stand alone singles. His music has appeared in broadcast media including; ITV, Channel 4, BBC Radio Asian Network,BBC Introducing, BBC News, Pyro Radio, Link Up TV, GRM Daily, Reprezents Radio and Sofar Sounds and online media including Music Week and Complex have championed his releases. His live performances display his skill on the piano and more recently the marimba and his challenging, thoughtful yet often witty lyricism. As a live experience, his shows feature percussion, drums, bass, guitar, marimba, mbira, mouth bow, backing vocals and keys and marimba.

 Mrisi has toured across the UK and South Africa, working alongside artists such as Omar, Prince Fatty, Kokoroko, Sadat X, Yazmyn Hendrix, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and countless other established artists. His performances include events for the Commonwealth Games, Brighton Dome, Concord 2, The RoundHouse and the world famous Ronnie Scott’s. 

“…complex, thought provoking and profound..” ~ Music Week

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