blackwave. make music to disappear into. Vocalist-producer Willem Ardui and rapper Jay Atohoun have an open-minded view of hip-hop and blend it with funk, jazz and soul. The tempo is slow, the delivery seems nonchalant, and the vibe is chilled yet exuberant. The Antwerp duo aim for the stars, and so far, they haven’t missed. The mini-album ‘Mic Check’ (2017) bagged them three nominations for the MIAs and invitations to major festivals like Rock Werchter and Montreux Jazz. On stage, the pair are accompanied by ‘the dot.’: three jazz musicians from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Willlem Ardui studied the violin there himself. blackwave. is a childhood dream come true for him: ‘Making crazy videos. Playing the songs we want to with a big band at great festivals.’ Mission accomplished!