“Angel-Ho creates dense and emotional electronic tracks with a sound reminiscent of New York’s Fade To Mind movement”– Dazed
Angel-Ho is the performance persona of Angelo Valerio, a Cape Town-based artist. Valerio uses the character of Angel-Ho to start a dialogue about classism, identity, sexuality, gender and more. The performance surrounds a representation of the “Nu-Queer” identity: one that is not subject to dehumanisation, objectification or “othering”, and instead elevates the body to a position of power. Using arbitrary sound accompanied by a conceptual drag performance that plays with masculine and feminine gesture and dress, all connotations are removed, making gender unclassifiable.
Angel-Ho uses sound as a medium and as a tool to demystify the concepts of the Rainbow Nation, equality, nationalism and identity. The artist’s objective is always to disrupt and redirect focus using sound as a means for reconciling and re-imagining South Africa.