ZEBRA F*CKING KATZ – XOYO LONDON

ZEBRA KATZ IMA READ LONDON XOYO

On Thursday 6th June, XOYO Shoreditch, London, played host to Zebra Katz and Njena Reddd Foxxx.  If you’re unfamiliar with this act, Zebra Katz, real name Ojay Morgan, 26, is the genius behind cult song ‘Ima Read’.  Although the tune was written back in 2011, fashion designer Rick Owens chose to coin the phrase during his 2012 Paris fashion show – catapulting Mad Decent‘s Zebra Katz into the limelight.  Here’s ‘Ima Read’, which the duo actually chose to close the show with, throwing in an impromtu remix performed from within the crowd.  One word – Awesome.

Now going back to the start … Zebra and Njena first came on stage following support act MOKO (find out more about MOKO here).  Zebra came on wearing no less than a gimp mask and full overalls, Njena less freaky in some aztec MC Hammer pants and black vest top.  If you’re akin to Zebra Katz you’d expect nothing less.  Not only is Ojay a lyrical genius, but there is always a certain amount of theatre to his act, so his creepy presence in the chosen outfit worked well.  The show opened with the monotone & unwholesome number  ‘Sex Sells’ and ‘W8WTF’.

XOYO was the perfect venue for the duo to headline; underground, dark and intimate.  It is so refreshing to see live performers give their all  – Zebra Katz and Njena made sure we were paying attention at all times.  None of this Iggy Azalea crap of laying down on stage ‘because she was too tired’.  The duo werked it.  Njena killed it with her song ‘Needful Things’ – the song gave her a chance to show off her enviable rapping skills; while Zebra showed off his bitchin dance moves.

Zebra Katz and Njena Reddd Foxxx will be playing at other venues across the UK in the next few months.  They’ve just performed at Rockness Festival – INVERNESS 7th – 9th June 2013 and Parkflife Festival – MANCHESTER 8th – 9th June.  You can still get tickets to watch them supporting Die Antwoord at HMV Ritz – MANCHESTER – on 21st June 2013.  They are then at the O2 Brixton AcademyLONDON – on 22nd June 2013.  They’re also hitting the festival scene, performing at LOVEBOX, victoria Park London and Glastonbury.

They also performed ‘Hey Ladies‘, ‘Pull a Stunt’ and ‘Y I D O’ at XOYO.  It’s not often you come away from a gig feeling like the act have passed on some of their energy to the crowd – but these two did exactly that after their finale ‘Ima Read’.  All in all it was an amazing show with the right amount of everything.  I cant see Zebra Katz ever making it on to the mainstream unless he chose to tone down his lyrics; but I think thats all part of the appeal.  The New York rapper is comfortable in the underground scene and has gained respect from his position.  Who knows what Mad Decent’s DIPLO’s plans are for his future.  Will we be seeing Zebra Katz collaborating with a more mainstream artist soon?  Zebra supported Azealia Banks during her 2012 UK tour, and she released her own cover of ‘Ima Read’.  We predict a collaboration before the year is out 😉

Captivated by MOKO

Captivated by MOKO

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Last Thursday we arrived at XOYO Shoreditch to see Zebra Katz & Njena Reddd Foxxx.  Not knowing anything about the support act, promptly at 8.30 this amazing lady entered the stage with her super human drummer.  We were totally and utterly captivated by the lady that goes by the name of MOKO.

MOKO, 21, opened the night with her track, ‘Summon The Strength”.  The girl’s vocals are a mix of Adina Howard‘s power and Jessie Ware‘s smoothness; a perfect entrend recycled 90s vibe that we’d describe as electronic soul.  Not only did MOKO sing like a pro, she’s pretty on the eye with her afropuff pig-tail plaits and she already knows how to work a stage with her signature dance moves.  ‘Hand on Heart’ is going to make MOKO a star; you can imagine the club remix too.

MOKO is from New Cross in London and has just completed her degree at Goldsmiths Univeristy.  She sang as a child at church and during her time at university started experimenting her voice with bands.  She only has 2 videos (so far) and 4 songs (see her soundcloud).

‘Freeze’ is beautiful; it starts with a melancholy Jose Gonzalez ‘esque piano intro and then a Massive Attack ‘Teardrop’ beat kicks in.  When the song gets a bit more uptempo the tune samples a slightly modernised beat from Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’.  MOKO’s vocals have a Mica Paris meets Soul 2 Soul vibe:

If you want to see MOKO, and you should, you can actually get free tickets to her headline gig at Electrowerkz in Islington on July 4th.  All you need to do is register for tickets at http://billetto.co.uk/moko – but hurry because we’re sure they will run out fast!

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