Àbáse – Hungarian hip-hop / jazz musician based in Budapest.
Àbáse (Szabolcs Bognar) is a producer and multi-instrumentalist creating a blend of West African, Brazilian, hip hop, jazz and club music. He focuses on a heavyweight rhythm section (being a percussionist himself) and drifts between funky riffs and silky smooth chord structures. The word “àbáse” comes from the West African Yoruba language and stands for “collaboration” - a key element of Àbáse’s music, as he brings versatile artists together to push genre and style boundaries.
As a trained pianist, band lead Szabi has been an active part of the versatile Hungarian music jazz and hip-hop scene for a number of years. He’s been a member of several successful national acts, including Amoeba, Soulclap Budapest and the latest project - The Mabon Dawud Republic - a fourteen piece Afrobeat orchestra guest-starring Dele Sosimi.
Àbáse studied at the Jazz Conservatory in Budapest and has had residencies in Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia and is currently based in Berlin.