”This group has truly been an inspiration to me (…)” – Amir Sulaiman 2-time HBO Def Jam Poet.
S.T.I.C.S. or Sound That Inspires Conscious Souls, have managed to inspire and provoke their audience with lyrics and music that challenges the boarders of acoustic soul, hip-hop and spoken word. The collective was founded by four individuals who in 2004 merged their individual cultural backgrounds and musical influences from Bosnia, Denmark, Zanzibar & Sweden. The group has since then been performing around the world from Beijing to New York, warming up for the legendary acts like Talib Kweli, Angie Stone, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), toured with the American rapper One Be Lo, playing alongside Seinabo Sey, Amir Sulaiman and were in 2010 shortlisted for Best Upcoming Act at the Best African Achievement Awards. The collective continues to inspire and empower their peers through actions of the audible kind be it workshops, lectures, music, interviews, spokenword or open dialogue. They do so through various constellations which is also why you often find them collaborating with different artists, entrepreneurs and organisations who share their vision. S.T.I.C.S have also displayed their lyrical competences by achieving two first places in the National Swedish Poetry Slam Championships in 2007 and 2010 as well as a top 5 placement at the Scottish National Poetry Slam Championships in 2012, making their mark within the elite and beyond the realm of music. Amongst the many stripes and merits S.T.I.C.S have also had the pleasure of playing alongside- and warming up for: Maher Zain, Petter, Karen Mukupa, Blues, Kuku Agami, Mc Clemens, Houman Sebghati, Jonas Rendbo, Mzungu Kichaa, Mohammed Ali, Advance Patrol, Asha Ali and Illstar-allstars to name a few.