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  • BREIS

    Country  Nigeria UK
    Genres spoken word hiphop urban
    FestivalSauti za Busara 2006
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    Bonafide Rhymes Exist In Self, aka BREIS (breeze) is a renaissance man: emcee, beat maker, writer, event organiser, workshop facilitator and one of UK's most talented hiphop artists. Since winning the Mean Fiddler Competition in 1997, he has been performing for crowds all over the UK, Europe, Africa, NY and LA. Raised on artists such as EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Biggie, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding, King Sunny Ade, Stevie Wonder and Fela Kuti. His lyrics focus on personal experiences of self doubt, growing pains, love, music, anger and the experience of being an African in a European environment. Full of witty punchlines, humour and wordplay, he also fuses English and Yoruba in verse.

     

    He terms his style as BAM (British-African Music). "My music is a product of my environment and cultural heritage. So both my music and lyrics are a pot-pourri of UK and African musical styles and inflections."

    BREIS has shared the stage with DJ Tony Touch, Cuban jazz musician Omar Sosa, Tony Allen and in the 2004 Red Hot and Riot concert (Barbican, London) with Wunmi, Baaba Maal, Les Nubians and Dead Prez. He has worked with Bugz in the Attic, TY, DJ Keith Lawrence, Eska Mtungwazi and Dele Sosimi to name a few.

    BREIS is a strong live performer and has demonstrated this on various stages throughout the UK and Europe. He is energetic, humorous and entertaining. His first single, Sounds So Fresh was released on Uprock in 2001 to critical acclaim and 2004 he released a mix-CD, "Your Favourite MC" independently and is currently working on his much anticipated debut album.