Universal language. Global hip-hop group Nomadic Massive performs at the Winthrop Barn on Saturday.

Universal language. Global hip-hop group Nomadic Massive performs at the Winthrop Barn on Saturday.

By Ann McCreary

The nine members of Nomadic Massive come from seven different countries, singing and rapping in five different languages in a multicultural hip-hop style that has gained them international acclaim.

Methow Arts brings the Montreal-based group to the Winthrop Barn Saturday (Feb. 1) for a crowd-moving show. The performance will be a “dance floor only” show, with limited seating.

“Their shows are really high-energy,” said Amanda Jackson Mott, Methow Arts director. 

Nomadic Massive’s members come from Haiti, St. Vincent, Barbados, Chile, Argentina, Algeria and Cuba. They sing, chat and rap in English, French, Kreyol, Spanish and Portuguese, often switching tongues mid-sentence without missing a beat.

“Their message is about global peace,” said Mott. “They’ve been known to travel around the world for causes like Haiti … and legal aid clinics for immigrants.”

They describe their musical approach as “open-minded hip-hop, which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past, combining live instrumentation, samples and a wide array of vocal styles.”

Members of Nomadic Massive take inspiration from musical styles including soul, funk and jazz, as well as the traditional music of their homelands in Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

The group has performed at music festivals around the world, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Global Rhythms Festival in Australia, and the Harbourfront Global Hip-Hop Festival in Toronto.

The performance is a Methow Arts “Arts Education Night,” and opens with a hip-hop performance by fourth grade students from Methow Valley Elementary School. The students learned about hip-hop during a three-week residency with local dancer Lyndsay Frady.

The residency also included information about Nomadic Massive, the homelands of the groups’ members, and the hip-hop genre, Mott said.

Doors open at the Barn at 6:30 p.m., students perform at 6:45 p.m. and Nomadic Massive takes the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets for students grades 9-12 are $10, grades 8 and below are $5. 

Tickets are available at Twisp Daily Business, Riverside Printing in Winthrop, BrownPaperTickets.com, and Methow Arts in Twisp. The performance may include adult language.