is proud to announce that the
will be rocking on
for this year's
music festival in Austin. Thurzday was one half of Los Angeles' critically lauded sub-commercial rap duo U-N-I, and is now on a solo mission to make music that strives to stand for something - and succeeds.
Thurz, whose rap name nods to the weekday of his birth as a counterpart to his last name ("Koffi" actually means "born on a Friday" in Ghana's native language, Akan), recently released his breakthrough album
. As someone who had identified with Los Angeles his whole life, it was natural that his artistic manifesto chronicle the most defining moment in the city's modern history.
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Have you previously performed at SXSW?
This will be my first time performing at SXSW as a solo artist. I'm excited to rock
What are you looking forward to most about the experience?
I'm look forward to making new fans and friends, and giving people a memorable experience to recollect on what they listen to my music in the future.
What fellow artists are you most excited to see perform?
I'm most looking forward to seeing Santigold, Mobb Deep and Nas perform.
What are you working on in the weeks/months to come that our readers/your fans should know about?
I've got some new videos for
coming soon and a lot of new music. Be looking out for a tour hitting your city very soon!
If you'll be in Austin on Saturday, March 17, you'll want to check out
, featuring Freeway, Skyzoo, Thurz and many more. For all things SXSW, including information on purchasing passes, check out