During Canadian Music Week, KOCCA’s K-POP Night Out (KPNO) featured some of the outstanding artists that are shaping the Korean Music Industry. Promoting an eclectic mix of music genres, this event had a little bit of something for everyone. So, if you’re looking to expand your musical horizon, these acts are definitely worth checking out!
Sultan of The Disco
Sultan of the Disco is the electronic soul/funk group that will make your summer days that much better. Kicking off the stage at KPNO, Sultan of The Disco brought out the upbeat disco vibe that felt like a nostalgic throwback. If you weren’t able to see them live be sure to watch any of their music videos online because you might just fall in love with their quirky and incredibly coordinated outfits. The group is comprised of members, Nahzam Sue (lead vocals), J.J Hassan (dance), Ganji Kim (drums), G (bass) and Hong-ki (guitar).
The original group made up of members, Sam and Yun recently welcomed new members, Yub and Ha Jin earlier this year. Defying the kpop stereotype, these boys play their own instruments and even sing in three languages! Lunafly wowed audiences in Toronto when they performed harmonious songs in Korean, English and even Spanish! Their appealing voices, and upbeat sound will be something to look forward to in the future when they release more content. But in the meantime, be sure to check out their music videos and covers on YouTube.
Kim Jin-Tae, also known as Verbal Jint has that chill hip-hop melody you’re looking for. Performing on stage in Toronto he had the crowd captivated with his smooth flow and rhyme work. Known both in the underground hip-hop scene and in the Korean mainstream charts, he has become one of the most influential artists in the Korean hip-hop industry. So, if you’re looking for something to chill out to on a road trip this summer, Verbal Jint has you covered.
1llionaire records is an independent record label founded by rappers, The Quiett and Dok2. Individually they are amazing but together they had the crowd going wild with their powerful performance. Dok2 and The Quiett have such a fluid style they really proved themselves to be the best rap duo coming out of South Korea at the moment. To quote the man standing next to me at the showcase, “I’ve never heard a rap set with this many turn-up songs in a row.”