‘Negus. Echoes Chamber - Invernomuto’

10 Jan.'15
- 00:00


A video / music performance investigating the connections between Jamaican dub music, Italy's Fascist period, and the Rastafari movement in Ethiopia.

Invernomuto is a Milan-based duo started in 2003 by Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi, working with moving images, sound, sculpture, publishing and live acts.

The Negus project grew out of their interest for an historical event dating from Italy's Fascist period: in the colonial era, after the conquest of Abyssinia, effigies of the last Negus (or King) of Ethiopia, Hailé Selassié I, were burned in the main square of Vernasca, a small town in Northern Italy. This fact coincided with a soldier’s victorious return to the village from the colonial war. Haile Selassie I is worshipped as the incarnation of God among followers of the Rastafari movement, which emerged in Jamaica during the 1930s. Negus, therefore, activates a strange short-circuit between Italy, Jamaica and Ethiopia. And it does it through different outputs (video, exhibition, publication, performance), following the Jamaican tradition of the versioning (to create different versions of the same song).

Negus - Echoes Chamber is one of these versions. This audiovisual show brings together a video projection starring the godfather of dub music and sound system culture Lee “Scratch” Perry (who was invited to Vernasca to re-activate the historical fire ritual, only changing its perspective) and a soundtrack diffused through a massive soundsystem installed in the theatre.

Duration: approx 45'.

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