Shame on Bangalore! Malayalam hip-hop act Street Academics is forced off stage

In an incident that's quickly becoming a hot discussion point, Kerala-based alternative hip-hop crew Street Academics were forced off the stage during their performance in Bangalore, this weekend.

author_img Joy S Published :  15th July 2019 11:47 PM   |   Published :   |  15th July 2019 11:47 PM
Street Academics at a recent gig (Image: Facebook)

Street Academics at a recent gig (Image: Facebook)

Bangalore, July 15: In an incident that's quickly becoming a hot discussion point, Kerala-based alternative hip-hop crew Street Academics were forced off the stage during their performance in Bangalore, this weekend.

The band was performing live as a part of the city-stop of Bandish Projekt and Swadesi's ongoing Khulle Naagde India tour, at the venue of Foxtrot, Marathahalli. 

Street Academics, one of the most popular acts from Kerala, released their new album Loop last month and were performing at the EP launch for Mumbai’s Swadesi crew and producer Bandish Projekt. 

The Chennai/Vellore duo Arshaq Malik and 47K, along with Bengaluru-based rapper HanuMankind were also slated to perform.

Following the incident, co-promoters 4/4 Experiences narrated their side of the story in a lengthy statement. 

According to the post, the sound was cut off abruptly during the act’s live set, and the band was allegedly forced off the stage after a group of patrons objected against the Malayalam songs being performed. 

The city's music community is up in arms over the incident, as an indicator of a growing scene of language intolerance in performing arts circles. 

Members of Street Academics have shared their accounts of the story, highlighting the venue’s hostile behaviour and lack of respect towards the artistes. 

The management at the venue reportedly tried to get the band off stage by making claims that “people were not vibing” to their music. 

Support for Street Academics is pouring in from across music circles around the world, in response to their statement shared on social media.

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