The Utrecht festival finalizes his unique line-up and announces the full curated programs.
Taking place in the beautiful Dutch city of Utrecht, Le Guess Who? is dedicated to boundary-crossing music from all over the world, featuring avant-garde, jazz, hip hop, electronic, experimental, global sounds and other genres. The line-up consists of more than a hundred acts including world-exclusive live performances and also features stages curated by artists; this year’s curators are Fatoumata Diawara, Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, Holly Herndon, Moon Duo, The Bug, and Patrick Higgins.
Grammy-nominated Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara’s curation focuses on artists related to “afrocubism” – a cross-pollination of Malian and Cuban music – and Afrofuturism. She will host a solo performance by Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, who previously performed in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club; rapper Master Soumy, the voice of a new generation in Mali, who addresses topics like migration, education, and freedom of religion; and nomadic Tuareg artist Ahmed Ag Kaedy, whose music evokes the bare remnants left of the Kidal region, where he is banished from. Diawara herself will also perform at the festival, and will also screen two films: Mali Blues and Yao.
The festival has also announced a number of additional special performances, including the violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives; American rapper, performance artist, poet and activist Mykki Blanco; Egyptian-Iranian experimental pop musicianLafawndah and hip-hop soul duo Oshun amongst others. Also, Le Guess Who? presents two label nights during the festival including Portugal’s Príncipe with performances by DJ Marfox, DJ Firmeza, and Nídia.
Tickets for Le Guess Who? are available at the festival website, with four-day passes and day tickets on sale now. See below for all newly announced artists.