It sounds like Rusangano Family, who had a stellar 2017, playing loads of festivals and winning the Choice Prize, are going away for a while to work on their next release. There’s another few dates left, including at Tramline Dublin on January 13 as part of First Fortnight, but Saturday night at Cyprus Avenue was Cork’s last chance to see them for the foreseeable. Again it was a masterclass – they’re the best live act around. It’s a freezing cold night and Dublin rapper Mango, with producer MathMan, fresh from releasing his Wheel Up EP, are only playing to a few heads. He’s got great confidence and swagger – we’ll be hearing a lot more from Mango in 2018. Rusangano warm up the crowd slowly – but before long we’re all swinging jumpers over our heads (control your zips, people!) and dancing along. A Rusangano Family show is infectious. There are a few new songs that fit seamlessly into old favourites – ‘Lights On’ was the crowd-favourite highlight. I’m already counting down the days to John, Murli and God Knows’ return.

All pictures by Brid O’Donovan (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram)

Bonus podcast content: TPOE 53 – Rusangano Family interviews at De Barra’s earlier this year

Mango and MathMan
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