Tonight was to be the first full live show in the UK from the rapper/yoga teacher that is Gonjasufi, here alongside The Gaslamp Killer, predominant producer of the debut album ‘A Sufi and a Killer’. First up though is DJ Kutmah, recently and notoriously deported from the US, blending Goodie Mob a cappellas with sampled drums and all sorts in between. Firmly ensconced in the list of DJs who know and perform every lyric, solo and drum roll in each and all of their records, the self-styled Muthafuckin Gaslamp Killlllller tears through his time, putting in enough energy for a whole band and all the while stepping from behind the decks to blast away on his ipad drum machine. And so Gonjasufi steps on stage to join him as the hyped crowd chant back as he sings his off-key songs in his off-kilter voice. Interspersing new material with album tracks such as ‘KowboyzandIndians’, ‘Sheep’ and the almighty ‘Ancestors’, the duo deliver a suitably rough and ready set to echo their crunchy, gnarled and frankly shamanic sound. Judging by the queue of punters waiting after the show to buy/get their CD’s signed, it won’t be long before we see Gonjasufi back on these shores.
By Gabriel Green
Originally published in issue 21 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. September 2010