We are going to put you onto Tariq Ravelomanana aka "Infinity Knives". Producer, beat-maker, and amazing bearded human being. We were first introduced to Tariq, 28, in mid-November when his album titled Dear, Sudan unexpectedly blew up and the world became so much more better for it. Dear, Sudan is what we can only describe as a strange, tantalizing, genre bending album you will have on loop.
In a conversation with Tariq, we learned that he is Malagasy-Tanzanian and resides in Baltimore City, Maryland. Big ups to the #410! With a Tanzanian father, and Malagasy mother, he grew up in Africa and around the world before moving to the US in his teens. Growing up in an über religious household, he would sneak away Elton John and Kenny Rogers CDs, but really fell in love with 90s Hip Hop like Wu-Tang and 2Pac. The man's got taste. Apart from hip-hop, his musical taste was influenced by his grand-mother and their shared love of classical music such as Eric Satie which you will definitely hear influence his tracks on Dear, Sudan.
What makes Infinity Knives so exciting to listen to is the genius of his mixing and how uncategorizable (is that a word?) his whole album is, which is an amazing thing in itself. I think personally I have listened to Death of a Hip Hop Dancer for over 2 hours on Spotify so that is saying a lot! Tariq has also released Rhino XXL in July 2020 with his best friend Brian Ennals, and it should be up there with top New Artists for album of the year. Tariq is also in a band called Loris with singer Randi Withani Roberts and ex-Dope Body drummer David Jacober, and released their self-titled debut album in September. We're manifesting that Covid will end soon so we can go back to supporting our artists live and on tour!
All good homies know to support fellow artists and musicians so go check out Infinity Knives on all music sharing platforms and support Dear, Sudan on Bandcamp!
Not bad for a Baltimore stoop kid, huh?