Thais Té

Between poetry and emotion, the young French singer-songwriter carves out intimate songs inspired by her daily life and inner world. Steeped in music from an early age, Thais Té has been writing her own lyrics since she was twelve. Through her sincerity, she seeks to bring intense emotions and to invite introspection.

To deepen the power of her voice and guitar, Thais Té now integrates samples, that broaden the dimension to her songs and vignettes of shared life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dida Guigan, the show-woman

Born in Beirut, adopted by Switzerland, Dida Guigan sings and explains her different languages and cultures. After studying at the HEK Bern, she left to learn about Arabic music in Egypt and Lebanon. After recording different CDs with different bands, Dida Guigan began thinking up ways of performing more intimately as a solo artist.

While meditating in her local park, she met Pascal Auberson, a long-time Swiss-Romand singer also filled with emotion and a variety of voices, plus a relationship to the body. Thanks to his advice, Dida then came up with the idea of “Pourquoi j’ai pas fait la Star Ac” (“Why I never did Star Academy”), a one-woman show where she tells her story with both modesty and humor, singing in English, French and Arabic, playing the piano and sometimes wearing her percussion-bell anklets.

 

 

Nelida Karr

In her early twenties, Nelida Karr is “the” musical revelation of Equatorial Guinea. Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, she draws her inspiration from her homeland. In a music that is both energetic and plural, which she calls Afro-fusion, she mixes the rhythms of her Bubi ethnic group with Spanish and South American sounds.
Nelida released her first album at the age of 20 and then self-produced another two in 2013 and in 2018. This earned her a place as a finalist in the RFI newcomers prize in 2013, and won her first prize in the Vis à Vis musical rendezvous, organized by the Guinean Ministry of Culture and Casa Africa in 2018. The so-called “diva
of Equatorial Guinea” stands out as a true model for the younger generation and strongly illustrates the success of women in the African music business.

 

 

Lameck

Lameck’s musical trajectory of lies within the borders of MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) and a pop sound tinged with rock and African tones. Based in France for over 15 years, young Lameck grew up in an artistic family in São Paulo.

His musical world is influenced by Caetano
Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Joao Bosco. Armed with his guitar, an instrument that has fascinated him since childhood, Lameck has successfully brought his intimate songs to resonate on both European and Brazilian stages.

 

Ami Yéréwolo the ufo

Combine the keywords “woman, rap and Mali” and you will inevitably come up the artist Ami Yéréwolo. Runner up of the RFI 2018 Prize, Ami is currently enjoying great success in Mali and in the regions of Senegal, Burkina Faso and Niger. She is a UFO in an exclusively male world where women are still only employed today as backing singers. She is living an astonishing trajectory, spontaneous and far from the clichés made in the USA. She even confesses that she’d hardly ever heard of rap before she was told one day as a teenager that this is what she was doing. She is the only Malian to have produced her own albums and solo tours. Her influences? No one artist in particular, her main influence is Malian society as a whole. Defining herself as an activist, (not simply a feminist), she is currently giving a new image to her native Mandinka empire. For her concert at the Moods club in Zurich, she will be singing alongside Senegalese DJ Nina (Charlotte NDiya).

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Robin 3rd floor’s universe

Originally from Durban, Robin 3 rd Floor has been brewing for some time on the net and on the sound waves of South Africa and beyond. His effective and pulsating musical layers have given birth to a unique sound of which he alone has the recipe. With his latest EP, ‘Bothela’, released a few months ago, he surfs the rap style of the rainbow nation and emerges brilliantly, creating a music made of rhythms and rhymes hammered out in a seamless flow (both in English and Zulu). Combining several genres, Kwaito (Soweto House music), hip-hop and gqom (Durban House music), his music depicts the popular and underground culture of Durban. With ‘Bothela’, he allows us to plunge into his beautiful world, a product 100% made in South Africa.

Marey, unconventional pop

Marey distinguish themselves by playing with unconventional and genuine arrangements and instrumentations. Guitars, e-drums, cello and synthesizer meet a soft voice with high recognition value and melt into a unique alternative rock sound that gets under your skin.
This is how to describe Marey, a Swiss group composed of Aurèle Louis and Maryam Hammad, two multi-instrumentalist with their first EP “The Harvest” already climbing heights in Switzerland, reaching number 25 in the charts. They have since then performed over 150 concerts between Germany and Switzerland. On 2ndFebruary this year, they released “Save Animals Eat people, an album of ten tracks that address new ground.

Sanne Sanne, music and more

In addition to being a talented musician, Sanne Huijbregts is also a photographer and filmmaker who realizes all her videos and visuals, in resonance with her strong personality. Taking advantage of being an  exceptional singer and award-winning vibraphonist, this young lady surrounds herself with multiple percussion instruments on stage to create a captivating world. She won the soloist award at the MeerJazz festival and the Prinses Christina competition at a very young age. In 2014, she released her first CD “Something so Sweet” as part of a duo. Since then, she’s been single-handedly wowing Europe with the rhythms of her music and live performances.

The Hié Sisters and their crazy dance

Melissa and Ophelia are Les Soeurs Hié. Equipped with a djembe and a balafon, along with other instruments such as the doum and various percussions, the two sisters create their own universe filled with improvisation, dance and unlimited energy. Mixing their traditional musical influences, drawing directly from the source of their Turka origins in Burkina Faso, whilst not forgetting to the urban music that rocked their childhood and adolescence in Bordeaux. Mélissa and Ophélia sail through their show creating different moods. Guided by their ancestors in a trance, they alternate between solos and sustained rhythms, sometimes echoing all the African roots of world music (groove, funk, Afro-Cuban, jazz). The audience has no choice but to follow and enter the crazy dance set off by these dynamic sisters.

Eliasse, blues and rock from Comoros

Eliasse describes his music as a crossroads between blues, rock and traditional Comorian rhythms, ‘Za ngoma’. The term in Comorian means « everything that comes from percussion ». For Eliasse, it’s a way of qualifying his music, born of multiple influences (African, Eastern and European) Like Keziah Jones, this singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Moroni came to music late, learning it in the street, since there was no subway on the island. Once he fell into it ten years ago, collaborations and concerts have followed thick and fast, as if the young islander had always been part of this artistic universe. On stage, this autodidact depicts the socio-political situation of his archipelago, working in groups of variable line-ups but always remaining the central element of these different musical formats, touring in France and in the Indian Ocean. After spending some time in Mayotte, he currently resides in France but continues to sing of his native Indian Ocean on themes that speak of dreams rather than disillusionment. He is someone capable of turning dust into gold, a blessing for us all.