Limerick’s Rusanango Family have made the Shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2016.
Rusangano Family is made up of God Knows, MuRli and mynameisjOhn. 2 MCs and 1 DJ. Based in the Limerick, the trio have been steadily building their own unique brand of dynamic bass-led music that owes little to genre cliches and style restrictions.
Despite their diverse cultural backgrounds, the group operates first and foremost as a family unit. They want their audience as part of the family too. While the trio have been working together closely over the last two years, Rusangano Family is the amalgamated title that will see the unit push forward with in 2015.
Exploring issues such as identity and belonging, Rusangano Family deliver a hefty dose of honest double-edged lyricism over skewed soul samples, 808 beats and sliced-up breaks. Wearing their hiphop and electronic influences proudly on their sleeves, Rusangano Family aren’t an act willing to conform to the styles associated with their respective backgrounds.
The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016, in association with IMRO& IRMA, was announced today on RTE 2FM and is as follows:
All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)
The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 9th March 2017. As part of the new partnership, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize programme, approximately one week later.
The 12th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music. The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.
The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.
RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.
Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 9th while next month Golden Discs will feature special stands showcasing the RTE Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide.
Commenting on the announcement, Victor Finn, Chief Executive IMRO said,
“We are delighted to continue our longstanding association with this important music prize. Irish music continues to push new boundaries and this prize shines a light on the music creators and songs that resonate so strongly with audiences at home and abroad”.
And Willie Kavanagh, IRMA Chairman adds
“We at IRMA are happy to continue our support of the Choice Music Prize. The ongoing search for new artists and new music, which is the focus of the Choice Music Prize, represents the life blood of the music industry in Ireland”.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live are on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and here priced €26.50 including booking fee.