Masego live at The Academy Dublin, Wednesday October 25th. Tickets €24.00 including booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster Doors 7.30pm, over 18s, ID required.

“Is It Rap? Is It Jazz? No, It’s TrapHouseJazz, Masego Style”

“Blessed.” That is what “Masego” means in Tswana, the official language of Botswana — and 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist Masego picked the name for a reason.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in a Christian community in Newport News, Virginia, Masego — real name Micah Davis — could be called musically blessed. He’s a vocalist who also plays cello, trumpet, drums, guitar and piano, but he specializes in the saxophone, both alto and tenor. So even though he could be classified as a hip-hop artist, that doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. He prefers a genre of his own making: TrapHouseJazz.

He’s the fusion of Pharrell, Michael Jackson and Jamie Fox both on and off the stage. His journey began on YouTube. He put his 10,000 hours in live looping with his saxophone, beat machine and keyboard. Masego used to rip beats from SoundCloud’s future beat and house producers and add saxophone over them then head to Instagram and dedicate the song to a curly hair beauty from his explore page. His soulful singing and his jazzy personality colored every track and heart and caught the attention of many producers like Kaytranada, Sounwav, and new greats like KRS and Medasin.

Released in June, Masego’s Pink Polo EP is the fullest realization yet of his TrapHouseJazz style. It merges traditional jazz sounds — saxophone, scatting — with the thump of trap music and the swing of house. That combination is probably what attracted eclectic, tastemaking label and collective Soulection to the Virginian’s music: He works within hip-hop, but burrows deeper, down to its roots.

Masego live at The Academy Dublin, Wednesday October 25th. Tickets €24.00 including booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster.ie Doors 7.30pm | Over 18s | ID Required.

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