Meet the Berlin-based Russian queer disco-boogie-electrofunk collective.

Inspired by Parliament Funkadelic, Prince and Liberace, SADO OPERA hail from St. Petersburg. Their music offer a mix of disco, boogie and electro-funk fused into a high energy live show experience. Now based in Berlin, this queer collective has become one of the city’s most provocative and eccentric music imports. They’re on a flamboyant quest to subvert dance music norms and political statements. One of the prevailing themes in the SADO OPERA philosophy is inclusivity, and the band talk passionately about queer visibility. For them, serious political action and serious fun can – and should co-exist.
Their new track “Patriarch” is a protest song against corruption in their home country and the global toxic patriarchy. The video is a “stronger together” collaboration with feminist and pro-feminist activist artists that take in stop-frame animation, bold CGI, plasticine and zines. The resident band of Wilde Renate – one of Berlin’s most notorious nightclubs – also play shows across Europe spreading their message of unrestrained, gender-fluid love.

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Barbara Mihályi