As Cazz Blase mentioned in a music paste-up back in January, Barbara Panther is definitely one we shouldn’t have missed last year. Her distinctive and memorable “modern electronic baroque music” has been around for some time so it will be interesting to see the next installment in her career.
In the meantime, I’ve just posted Cazz’s review of Barbara’s self-titled album. Here’s an excerpt from it:
“Listen to the beat of the motherland” proclaims Barbara Panther over glitchy punk beats, before taking up the cry “Rise up” followed by the Malcolm X slogan “By any means necessary.” The revolution starts here and it’s a revolution of knowledge as well as of rage. “What’s the use of growin’ without knowin’?’ Barbara asks. This opening track, ‘Rise Up’ is incredibly arresting and it’s fair to say that within two songs of this album, I am totally hooked. This was surely one of the very best albums of last year, so why does it seem to have slipped through so many nets?
Barbara Panther was born in Rwanda. Her parents fled to Belgium when she was three, taking Barbara and her siblings with them. Upon arrival in Belgium the children were adopted into separate Belgian families. A period of being expelled from lots of schools was followed by a stint at a performing arts college, another at a dance college in Venice and, eventually, a move to Berlin. “I’m a nomad, it’s in my blood” Barbara told The Guardian‘s Michael Cragg last year…