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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.
Highly celebrated for his verve and inventiveness, Ribongia’s Debut Album M∆∆T comprised of twelve impeccable tracks, showcasing the Firenze-via-Sydney producer’s sheer talent for delivering quality left-of-field electronica, full of matchless collaborations and sonic surprises at every turn. Having travelled the globe multiple times over – from spending time in his hometown of Florence, relocating to Australia, travelling to South America & Europe regularly and completing artist residences in both Reunion Island and Mauritius – it’s no surprise that Ribongia’s inspiration is drawn from music all around the world.
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 early next year.
“It Began is a cohesive and impressive debut from Ribongia. His sound is unique and defined, and ultimate illustrated through all five diverse originals on the EP… his Afro-leaning style is refreshing and utterly individual.” Nest HQ
“ESCAPISMS, does as its name suggests, providing six sonic journeys that meander from footwork through synth-heavy dance music and moody pop music to native African sounds… Whether you want your mind to drift down off a sunlit river or into a strobe-lit club, you’ll find something to love on ESCAPISMS” Pigeons & Planes
“One of my personal favourite producers to emerge from the ever-talented Australian scene, the forward-thinking beat-maker is constantly keeping things exciting and unique with tribal-esque productions often layered above hip-hop-leaning guest features. Before The Winter continues a spectacular run of singles, shining with its simplistic, summery production that bounces reggae influences back and forth off a deep, electronic beat.” Pilerats