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Independent hip-hop crew Diafrix, have established themselves over five solid years as one of Melbourne and Australia’s most exciting and original live acts. There’s no crate-dug samples here - it’s all 100% original funk, soul and reggae-infused hip hop.


Diafrix are fronted by African-born MCs Azmarino and Momo and backed up by singer Nadee, Wax Vandal on cuts and production by Ptero_Stylus. With Triple J’s Next Crop Award and The Noise SOYA finalist behind them and appearances at Westcoat Blues & Roots Festival, Meredith, The Big Day Out, The Falls, St Kilda Festival, High Vibes, Moomba, FINA Swimfest opening party, Fest’ Napuan in Vanuatu and Earthcore testifies that Diafrix are one mighty fresh Hip-Hop crew with a killer live show.

“We can go from funk to dirty dancehall, to straight-up hip hop – but it still contains my perception of soul,” explains MC Momo, who grew up on Congolese rhythms, The Temptations, The Righteous Brothers, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Mos Def and Talib Kwali.  Momo is short for Mohamed, “but I’m also a person that’s always in search for more and more, looking for more.  I’m this tiny dot in the universe, and I want to see what’s out there”.

“My energy comes from my African roots,” explains Momo, who arrived in Australia as a three-year-old with his family, as a political refugee from the Comoros Islands.  “It’s hard, but back home music – especially hip hop – is life for teenagers, because there’s a lot of trouble,” explains fellow MC Azmarino about his African birthplace Eritrea.  Azmarino has been a refugee all his life, having lived in Europe and the Middle East before arriving in Melbourne, where he wrote raps to overcome his frustration with the hassles of migration.  Azmara is the capital of Eritrea, and the Azmarino people from the capital are known as hustlers.  “But in a good way”, assures Azmarino, “there is definition between a gangster and a hustler.” How? “I had to learn to survive since I was five years old.  I had to learn languages quickly, learn to blend in at new schools because I had to go to another country, learn another language fit in with the other people.  So that gave me not just street, but people credibility”. 

Producer Ptero_Stylus is responsible for the original Diafrix sound, combining his background in percussion and electronic composition. Diafrix turntablist Wax Vandal loves the hardcore New York sound and also plies his trade with Equills and Nadee from Haiti with her soulful voice up take lead and backing vocal duties. The Diafrix live band also combines the talents of some of the best players in Melbourne featuring Elisha from San Lazzaro on Trumpet, Andy from Labjacd on Baritone & Tenor Sax, Jordan on Trombone and Dan from Velure on Guitar. 
The Diafrix birthplace is Melbourne’s tough neighbourhood of Footscray.  That’s where the group got its name, started, and wrote the first tracks.  Diafrix represent the motherland of Africa and refugees from all corners of the globe.  Diafrix represent what they see with their own two eyes. 

Diafrix have been performing extensively in Melbourne for the past four years, career highlights include: Westcoast Blues and Roots Festival 2007, FINA Swimfest 2007, Moomba 2007, Fest’ Napuan 2006 - Vanuatu, JJJ Next Crop act 2005, finalist in the 2005 Noise SOYA music awards, Meredith Music Festival 2006, Africa at the Arts Centre Melbourne 2006 with Daara J (Senegal), High Vibes festival Melbourne 2006, Big Day Out Melbourne 2006, Earthcore in the Park 2006, Falls Festival 2005, St Kilda Festival 2005 and supports include, Rhombus (NZ), Black Seeds (NZ), Stereo Mc’s (UK), Tippa Ire (UK), Simpare (Kenya), Butterfingers, Tzu, Bomba, The Herd and more.



FIRST SAMPLE: 2005, Avail via www.diafrix.com