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).

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.

Meduoteran, from Istanbul to Serbia

The Meduoteran duo stands at a point between authenticity and innovation. Taylan, a native of Istanbul and Srdjan, born in Serbia. Both studied at the Zurich University of Music and Theatre and both draw on their respective origins. The two musicians have already collaborated with Carles Benavent at Cully Jazz festival in 2017 as well as with Gilles Apap for the recording of a track. With an accordion and a baglama, the two music lovers are constantly trying to create new sounds and new chords. Their first album “Horon” fits perfectly in this logic of classical, jazz and ethnic music.

Marzia + Ella = Marzella

The Marzella duo is formed of the deep voice of Marzia and the more crystalline one of Ella. These two young Swiss Romandes, whose voices seem to merge into one when they sing, have been sharing their musical passion for 9 years. Singing in both English and Italian, their goal is to convey messages and feelings. Their self-produced debut album “To You” has been broadcast on Swiss and European radio. From the recording of their songs to the promotion of their project, these two young women are single-handedly managing their careers in the hope of preserving the authenticity of their music. Since 2015, they have been performing in several European capitals and their next challenge will be to record an EP, for the first time, in French.

Ariel Ariel, solo and squared

After having travelled the world for 4 years with the group Pendentif, young Ariel from Bordeaux is now embarking on a solo musical adventure. Drawing his inspiration from his Creole roots, revisited and re-imagined, his various musical influences (jazz, classical, hip hop) and literary ones (Césaire, Edouard Glissant, Maximin), help him deliver an intimate style, somewhere between poetry and singing, indie-pop and electronic.

His voice, both lyrical and slam, is his favorite instrument. He uses it and transforms it by adding reverb, delay, chorus and a band simulator. His music sometimes called ‘Creole Psyche Pop’ opens up an unparalleled universe, offering the audience a trip into the amazing world of Ariel squared.

Kawrites, loops and instruments

Kawrites is the talented and multi-instrumentalist, Romane, who in 2015 launched into MAO (music assisted by computers) and released her first EP, Lunar. Soon joined by Marion, a no less promising violinist, Kawrites has developed a vaporous, cinematic style, followed by a second EP, Carmina. Progressive electronic sounds which are both melodic and melancholic, theirs is an aquatic and evanescent universe, dedicated to rhythmic loops and dancing, supported by an airy violin that carries you away..Their musical influences (Rone, Kavinsky, Nils Frahm and Birdy Nam Nam) is evident. The fortuitous meeting of these two young Clermontoises can sometimes veer into the ambient or post-rock, but remains always unique.