Nabihah IqbalSisBis @ Buyer's Club 13/1/18
This being only the second of SisBis’ new regular nights at Buyers Club, the duo behind the brand truly outdo themselves in snaring Ninja Tune’s NABIHAH IQBAL. A unique night offering a platform for female DJs on the Liverpool circuit, SisBis’ resident DJ Giovanna Briguglio offers up mixes from the disco/Afro/electro spheres broken up by pop-infused intervals, warming up the crowd for the main event, her self-professed latest “girl-crush”. SisBis isn’t just about championing female producers and DJs; each event raises money for MRANG, a Liverpool-based charity that works with refugee and asylum-seeking women.
Formerly known by the moniker Throwing Shade, Iqbal recently released her debut album Weighing Of The Heart before Christmas, and takes up the headline slot here. The Londoner’s set blends elements of her Pakistani heritage with influences from her undergraduate degree in ethnomusicology; from Turkey to Thailand, she showcases music from across the globe – something fans of her bi-weekly NTS Radio show will be familiar with, and clubbers on this Saturday night enjoy into the wee small hours.
While her solo-produced work is often referred to as “cosmic RnB” her sets are decidedly unclassifiable. From American street jazz and field recordings taken during her time as a barrister in South Africa, to snippets borrowed from her university archive, Iqbal brings something fresh to her show.
On working with the rising star, who has recently performed at Tate Modern and the Barbican Centre, Giovanna says, “Nabihah is such a lovely mix of friendly and professional; the type of person who will make a joke at her own expense, while wowing you with her work ethic and vast music knowledge.”