Carrying a unique vision of afro-futurism, Caleb Rimtobaye doesn’t so much “make music”: as AfrotroniX, he constructs songs as transport vessels; tracks that engage you with rhythm, dropping beats that make you move while challenging both conventions and borders. The Montreal based guitarist/songwriter/producer draws inspiration from dance floors and modern pop and hip hop, infusing these sensibilities into a sound that draws from Saharan Touareg blues (a genre well represented at last year’s Folk Festival by M’dou Moctar), and mandingo music of Sierra Leone. This is all dropped into rhythms and textures rooted in his native Chad, making for an experience as cinematic as it is musical. Embracing both EDM’s performative futurism (think Daft Punk’s robot rock gear) and the upswell of jazz and funk artists as beholden to Sun-Ra as to Miles Davis (hello, Kasami Washington), AfrotroniX offers a unique trip that unites dance floors, diasporas and imaginations.
Biography by Derek McEwen