Ri·∙bon·∙gia noun (pronounced Ribonjia). Chaos; Pandemonium; Rowdiness; General Mischief: “The revellers entered the state of ribongia, and immersed themselves in the chaos that ensued.” ORIGIN mid-‐17th cent.: Florence, Italy. Slang meaning disarray.
Italian born, Sydney based producer Ribongia makes music to make you move.
Since emerging in 2014 with debut EP It Began, the Sydney-‐based producer has been making music like no other. His follow up and FBi Radio SMAC Awards Record Of The Year nominated EP ESCAPISMS gained the attention and support from international tastemakers NEST HQ and Pigeons & Planes, as well as local support from Pilerats, triple j and community radio nationwide.
Ribongia (real name Antonio) has now revealed the first taste of his forthcoming debut album due late 2017. Singles “We Run Tings” (featuring UK MC Footsie) and “Before The Winter” (featuring Jannah Beth and South Africa’s “most prolific rapper”, YoungstaCPT) showcase an afro-‐percussive palette laced with lush, organic sound design. A seamless blend of envelope-‐pushing production and deft pop sensibilities, Ribongia continues to draw on inspirations from native indigenous sounds from around the globe to create his own league of original and curious club music.
Ribongia has previously collaborated with hyped producers Clap! Clap! and Populous and has released official remixes for What So Not, Sofi Tukker, Sampology, Thundamentals, Ngaiire and Andy Bull. No stranger to Australian music festivals, Ribongia has appeared at Field Day, Splendour In The Grass and Subsonic, and shared stages with the likes of Flying Lotus, Africa Hitech, Gaslamp Killer, Opiuo and Shigeto. Alongside his own Australian headline shows, Ribongia supported Hermitude on their European tour last year, introducing his unique sounds to a global audience.
Undeniably one of the most enigmatic and forward-‐thinking talents in Australia, stay tuned to hear Ribongia’s forthcoming debut LP due out later this year.