RANGE Magazine Announces Official SXSW 2022 Showcase ft. @TheRezKids, @haviahmighty, @JustJohnForReal, @CartelMadras, Aqyila, and @lovemauvey / @readxrange

 

RANGE Magazine Announces Official SXSW 2022 Showcase ft. Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Haviah Mighty, Just John, Cartel Madras, Aqyila, and Mauvey

South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is back and RANGE Magazine has just announced their official 2022 showcase featuring some of the most exciting names in Canadian hip-hop and R&B.

A national music publication committed to amplifying new voices in music, RANGE is putting Canadian talent on an international stage in a big way. From Polaris Music Prize winner and hip-hop powerhouse Haviah Mighty, Indigenous hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and rising R&B star Aqyila (Warner Music), to Indo-Canadian trap/hip-hop influenced sister duo Cartel Madras (Sub Pop), underground punk-rap disrupter Just John, and the R&B/hip-hop proprietor of positivity, Mauvey — RANGE has curated six of the country’s most notable exports to represent Canada at the annual industry music festival.

RANGE Magazine’s official SXSW showcase takes place on March 17 at Lucille, a 300-capacity live music venue located downtown in Austin’s historic Rainey Street district.

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Snotty Nose Rez Kids Bio:

Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Canadian hip-hop duo of Haisla (Indigenous) descent from Kitimat, BC. Rappers Yung Trybez and Young D formed the duo in 2016, releasing two albums in 2017 with their second, The Average Savage, winning them them Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, a spot on 2018’s Polaris Music Prize shortlist, and a 2019 Juno Nomination for best Indigenous Music Album. In October 2021, SNRK dropped their most personal project to date, LIFE AFTER. The release landed them on the covers of RANGE MagazineExclaim!, and The Georgia Straight. Their hit single, “Uncle Rico,” debuted on BET Jams and went into rotation on MTV.

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Haviah Mighty Bio:

Toronto rapper Haviah Mighty has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer, culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. 2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album 13th Floor, making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize. Soon after, the recognition spread internationally. With praise from trendsetting outlets like Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, Haviah pushes forward while continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.



Cartel Madras Bio:

Cartel Madras is a Calgary-based hip-hop sensation shaking things up across the city, country and industry. Hailing from South India, sisters Contra and Eboshi are rappers now being hailed by fans and eager listeners-on as they develop varying narratives for coloured women and deliver them in explosive and captivating ways. Sexuality, identity, freedom, race, colour, and gender are some of the recurring themes that listeners can expect to explore through their music. Signed to Sub Pop Records, Cartel Madras bring the party with their signature sound, fusing rap stylings of the South and trap, filtering it through a strong female, though not necessarily feminine, voice.


Just John Bio:

Just John fearlessly forges hip-hop with punk, metal, and hardcore, providing a defiant soundtrack for the future. The Toronto-based artist who has made multiple songs achieving well over a quarter-million views alongside partner/producer Dom Dias. He is now breaking out with his solo debut, with Dias producing and mixing on John’s three-song appetizer, This Is Fate. “This is for the dreamers, the misfits, and the ones who have been held down, but never stopped fighting,” he asserts. “1000 Corpses” is a snarly punk-hip-hop post-apocalyptic highlight, a time capsule in the angsty days of COVID-19. Whether inspired by hope or horror, Just John’s embrace of vulnerability within and around him has led to his boldest work of art yet.



Aqyila Bio:

As a vocalist and songwriter, Aqyila leans on her instincts as harmonies drip like honey, while her dazzling vocal runs explode straight from the heart. Born of Jamaican descent in Toronto, Canada, music surrounded Aqyila from a young age. In 2020, Aqyila launched a TikTok clip where she was singing over a found beat about a bob wig. The clip popped off with millions of views and eventually became her official debut single, “Vibe for Me (Bob for Me).” Highlighting her enigmatic tone and impressive range over hummable glassy guitar, it inspired hundreds of thousands of creates, including videos by mega-influencers Dixie D’Amelio, Merrick Hanna, and celebs like Lizzo and Monica. Within a few months, the song clocked 6.7 million Spotify streams and 3 million YouTube views. Signing to Sony Music Entertainment Canada only increased her momentum and Aqyila is now poised for a breakout year so pay attention. 

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Mauvey Bio:

Born in Ghana, West Africa, and raised between the U.K. and Vancouver, Canada, artist and songwriter, Mauvey, filters his unique batch of alternative pop music with hip-hop, R&B/soul always alongside his message: Love. “My message will always be Love,” says Mauvey, who has designed his projects to distribute Love through the creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody, and hypnotic beat.

Influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Prince, Childish Gambino, and Andre 3000, as he goes on to state: "I am inspired by artists who made contributions so significant that they or their music will never be forgotten.” In Spring 2021, Mauvey proudly signed with the fiercely independent Canadian label, 604 Records, releasing his debut mixtape, The Florist, with a full-length album due out in late 2022. 


RANGE Magazine Bio:

RANGE Magazine is Canada’s emerging arts & culture publication dedicated to amplifying new voices in music with an inclusive eye on underrepresented communities. 

In the last year, RANGE has featured more than 300 Canadian artists, and published in-depth cover features on international artists including Leon BridgesAngel OlsenAmyl and the Sniffers, and Alex Cameron

Live now at readrange.com — complete with a 24/7 streaming radio station — RANGE is your trusted source for music, art & culture. 











RANGE Magazine Announces Official SXSW 2022 Showcase ft. @TheRezKids, @haviahmighty, @JustJohnForReal, @CartelMadras, Aqyila, and @lovemauvey / @readxrange RANGE Magazine Announces Official SXSW 2022 Showcase ft.  @TheRezKids, @haviahmighty, @JustJohnForReal, @CartelMadras, Aqyila, and @lovemauvey / @readxrange Reviewed by FADED4U on February 10, 2022 Rating: 5

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