Nova (Indonesia) + Potato Master (Japan) – Uber System Remixed!

This Saturday, Uber Lingua returns to Sydney with Uber System Remixed: six live acts, seven DJs, an all-night “post-world” dancehall party. Representing live will be Rauberhole (Germany), Nova (Indonesia), Pochoman (Cuba), Potato Master (Japan), Gypsy Dub Sound System (Australia) and Black Symbol (Ghana), with DJ sets from myself, Lorna, Mashy P, bP, Sven Simulacram, BFG and Dub Chaman. Tickets ten bux (free mixtape for first 100) @ Abercrombie Hotel, Broadway. More info at


mp3: NOVA Arek Malang Kudu Seneng (feat MC SBY & Sven Simulacrum) [Indonesia]

Nova was born in Malang, East Java, daughter of well-known Indonesian guitarist Toto Tewel. She started rapping at the age of 19 with her co-conspirator Indry – debuting at a local basketball match – and, bagging a love of Lauren Hill on the way, Twin Sista was born. Following inclusion on the (excellent) ‘Perang Rap’ indonesian hip hop collection, their debut album (‘Mother Of Nature’) dropped in ’03. Following Indry’s move to Japan in 2005, Nova found herself adrfit, trying out both jazz and reggae, but neither suited her sound. A chance meeting with the team behind “It’s Hiphop Poetry Battle” has led to a new lease of hip hop life and last year, Nova headed back to Yogya to record her first solo single, ‘Dikawinkan Alam’.

mp3: POTATO MASTER Ichee Nee San Chee Ragga [Japan]

I had the good fortune to drop beats for Potato Master (above, right) at last year’s Bellingen Global Festival, where the MC also took home the title belt in the ‘Ya Lingo!’ multi-lingual freestyle face-off. It might have been his laconic Japanese drawl that won the crowd, but I suspect that the radiation suit / SARS mask combo also won a few hearts. The above mp3 is a good example of what he describes as his “funny music”, combining Japanese, English and utter gibberish.