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‘My heart is heavy today’: Local rapper BIA, who performed at doomed British concert

The Massachusetts-based rapper BIA.
The Massachusetts-based rapper BIA. Courtesy of Oxygen

The Massachusetts-based rapper BIA, who opened for Ariana Grande at a concert in Manchester, England Monday night, said she is grieving after an explosion at the show killed 22 people and injured 59.

BIA was not available for an interview on Tuesday, but through a spokesperson, she issued the following statement:

“My heart is heavy today as I extend my prayers to the children and families affected by last night’s horrible tragedy in Manchester. We are sending our love to all of Manchester during this incredibly difficult time. We ask each one of you to join us in keeping all who are suffering in your thoughts and prayers.”


On Monday night, BIA said on Twitter that her heart “is broken” after the explosion.

“Praying for everyone tonight please [get] home safe,” she posted on Twitter Monday. BIA, whose real name is Bianca Landrau, also performs under the moniker PericoPrincess.

Hours before the deadly blast, Landrau, a Medford High School graduate, had tweeted “I love this tour,” which includes upcoming dates in London and Montreal, according to her website.

BIA was featured on Oxygen’s “Sisterhood of Hip Hop.” Her musical releases include the 2014 mixtape “CHOLASEASON” and the album “KNOCK ON WOOD,” and she has performed at Art Basel, Revolt Music Festival, SXSW and the rapper Pusha-T’s Darkest Before the Dawn Tour, her website says.

Emily Sweeney of the Globe staff contributed. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.