In May I joined the Connect Tour 2015 with rappers Xiao Ou, Son of Light, Peewee and Jahjahway, to document the 9-city tour through China's underground hip hop scene, called Connect Tour 2015.
For 19 days we traveled non-stop and held shows in Shanghai, Suzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Changsha, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an, and finally Beijing. The rappers left with the purpose of connecting with strangers through music, despite language barriers and cultural differences. We visited cities that most Norwegians never heard of, despite the population being larger than the whole country of Norway.
The crew consisted of Xiao Ou, a Norwegian rapping in Chinese, Norwegian Son of Light rapping in English, Chinese Jahjahway rapping in Chinese, and Peewee on the turntables.
Each city had its own special blend, musically and culinary. From commercial boybands to underground trap music, from seafoods of Xiamen to the spicy hotpots of Chongqing, we follow the artists in their quest for some sort of connection.
From order to chaos, the Connect Tour 2015 + official music video is in post-production, while photos and short video outtakes available here.