The MASSIVE hip hop choir is the collaborative effort of a group of 18 to 26-year-olds from Melbourne’s western suburbs. Often from marginalised communities, they’ve come together with a grab-bag of influences – the name of their album, Neology, means making something new out of existing language.
You’ll hear elements of gospel, soul, urban pop, hip hop and protest songs drawing on not only their shared record collections, but their diverse backgrounds: the group’s members identify as Tongan/Fijian, Cook Islander, Niuean, Samoan, Lebanese/Tongan, Caribbean/North African, Filipino, Comoros islander, Tanzanian, English/Spanish and Indonesian between them. Most tracks provide a sociological overview of the lives of the group's members, with strong messages that don't pull any punches.
MASSIVE have backed up Diafrix and Blue King Brown, as well as inspiring Emmanuel Jai to appear on their forthcoming album. We predict that as individuals and as a group (they're appearing at the Art Centre's Raise the Roof and performing with the MSO on Romeo and Juliet in the near furture), they're ones to watch. Get along tonight and be at the beginning of something big.