Rufus Mufasa set to launch debut album next month
Hip Hop Educator, lyricist, rapper and mother-of-two, Rufus Mufasa is set to release her debut album Fur Coats from the Lion’s Den, next month.
The 14-track album, which will launch on Friday 1 December at Swansea’s Cinema & Co, is a fusion of folk, hip hop, soul and poetry and tells a story of grief, love and motherhood.
Rufus, who is based in Pontypridd and hails from Ammanford, said she hoped her album, which will be available on disc and download and has been two years in the making, would leave its mark on Welsh music. She added that the album is partly inspired by and in tribute to her late friend, Anthony Hughes, also known as DJ Brave Toaster, who passed away suddenly in 2015. He was one quarter of welsh hip hop group Dope Biscuits, alongside Rufus, producer Jamey P and fellow rapper Ferny Mac.
“In some way, Fur Coats from the Lion’s Den is my goodbye letter to him, that I haven’t been willing to hand over until now,” said Rufus.
“I started writing the album, or a version of it, with Dope Biscuits. We’ve been together since 2011 and toured relentlessly. When Anthony passed away, it totally tipped our world upside down, and for a long time I couldn’t find the words for anything.”
Also in 2015, Rufus, who is bilingual and a champion of diversifying the Welsh language, was awarded the prestigious Barbican Fellowship with Literature Wales to develop a collaborative project through educational engagement via hip hop and spoken word with young people. During the one-year programme she travelled throughout Europe, performed in New York and headlined at the Helsinki Literature Festival, mentoring Finnish poets.
Rufus, who recently won the Swansea Poetry Slam, said she chose the city’s Cinema & Co for the launch of Fur Coats from the Lion’s Den because of the venue’s commitment to safeguarding the region’s music tourism, arts and culture, and its proactivity in the regeneration of the High Street.
“Swansea is very dear to me,” said Rufus. “I lived there while at college and it was a big part of my childhood. The city has been luring me back the last two years, during the process of writing my album.”
The album launch will see performances from acts including: Swansea’s Poets on The Hill #POTH; Beatbox Tangent; performance poet Karl Beer; playwright Eric Ngalle Charles; performance poet Ffion Wyn; Swansea rapper Craze the Jack; Avant Cymru. There will also be music from Wounded Healers and Dope Biscuit’s Jamey P and Ferny Mac, as well as Rufus Mufasa herself