Japanese hip hop acts Rude-α and ¥uk-B, Filipino rappers Alisson Shore and Waiian, and Indonesian singer-songwriter Tanayu link up for “Our New Songlines 2023,” a multi-disciplinary effort that brings together like-minded artists from the Asian region in their bid towards “weaving new music, using their imagination as a source of inspiration, while searching for a way to hope for the future.”
The newly minted collective is set to perform at the Music Town Oto-Ichiba in Koza, Japan on August 26, 2023, as part of a series of sideshows in three key locations co-hosting the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023’s tournament: Manila (the Philippines), Jakarta (Indonesia), and Okinawa (Japan).
The four have written and recorded a song titled “Love Live Life” to mark the occasion, reflecting on the vision and theme of Songlines—the invisible paths that have been passed down among the indigenous Aboriginal people of Australia as a guide towards one’s journey into the new world.
The official statement shares, “These five artists will create and present their works with the keywords of ‘change’ in a new era, ‘hope’ for tomorrow, and ‘mutual understanding’ in a land of different cultures and values. In August, Koza, Manila, and Jakarta will host the Basketball World Cup. The enthusiasm of the three cities through sports will be converted into the form of music and transmitted to the world from Music Town Oto-Ichiba.”
Advance tickets for the show are available for 3,500 yen, while tickets at the door go for 4,000 yen. Discounted tickets for students, Okinawa citizens, and the disabled (and a caregiver) are also available all via Peatix.