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TrapHouseJazz pioneer defining the sound of the future announces UK tour dates in March 2022

After releasing Studying Abroad: Extended Stay, the deluxe edition of his acclaimed 2020 EP, in May 2021, Masego revealed the new track Garden Party featuring JID and Big Boi in October and confirmed details for two big shows at O2 Ritz Manchester and London's O2 Academy Brixton on 12 – 13 March 2022, respectively.

“Seeing Ed Sheeran make a beat from scratch when I was in college changed my life,” Masego told GQ in 2019. Just two years earlier, a video of the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist live-looping his own tracks with FKJ on Tadow went viral – inspiring a whole new generation of wannabe musicians watching from dorm rooms around the world.

Described as “the sound of the future”, legacy always seems to be on Masego’s mind. Born Micah Davis to a US Air Force father, Masego spent his childhood bouncing from base to base, picking up musical influences from a dozen different sources. Teaching himself to play the drums, then the piano, then the saxophone, he surrounded himself with vinyl records and listened to everyone from John P. Kee and Cab Calloway to Andre 3000.  

Improvising free jazz saxophone over sampled beats, and learning to live-loop like a pro, Masego honed his unique sound over a string of steadily maturing online tracks that quickly earned him a cult fanbase. In 2015 he collaborated with Medasin on The Pink Polo EP, including the single Girls That Dance, before his work on Tadow with FKJ in 2017 won him major international attention (and more than half a billion views on TikTok).  

Debut album Lady Lady followed in 2018, confounding music critics everywhere as they struggled to define his disparate sound – with no two songs on the record sounding alike amid swirling woodwind jazz, classic R&B and retro-futurist bass drums. Labelling his own style as “TrapHouseJazz”, Masego describes his sound as “ignorance meeting eloquence”. 

In 2020, Masego released his third EP, Studying Abroad, as a wry concept piece framed around the ups and downs of a broken relationship. The following year, he contributed a track to the companion soundtrack album to the Oscar winning political drama, Judas And The Black Messiah.

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Masego has announced March 2022 UK tour dates.

Masego is playing UK shows in:

  • Manchester
  • London

Tickets for Masego's 2022 tour are on sale from 10:00 on Friday 22 October 2021.