With guest curators like Animal Collective and Ostinato Records, and a slew of artists scheduled to play in 2022 including Kinshasa’s KOKOKO!, Le Guess Who? is shaping up to be a can’t miss pan-African musical experience.
Utrecht’s forward thinking Le Guess Who? Festival is a celebration of sound. In that spirit, the organizers invite guest curators and like-minded artists to introduce their special flavor to the line-up. Established artists are set to perform alongside up-and-comers, the unifying principle a love for experimental sounds. Guest curators include Baltimore’s experimental pop trio Animal Collective, American experimental hip-hop group clipping., London’s CURL Recordings, and Ostinato Records.
Included in Animal Collective selection is Niger’s Tuareg group Les Filles de Illighadad and a Habibi Funk DJ Set sure to spin North Africa’s rarest disco cuts. clipping. will feature Paris based Aho Ssan who recently released an experimental project with Kenyan producer KMRU. Ostinato Records will invite their very own Groupe RTD, the national ceremony outfit of Djibouti, composed of sensational new, young talent backed by old masters; and The Ano Nobo Quartet, who deliver a fresh take on Koladera: a guitar-driven, subtly rhythmic music genre from the Cape Verde islands.
The general line-up is also a panoply of pan-African talent. There’s Kinshasa’s KOKOKO!, who soundtrack the Congolese city’s harsh yet explosively creative reality. The fast-rising British rapper Lex Amor who uses her Nigerian roots for inspiration. Avant-garde cosmic sounds from Senegal, via the Wau Wau Collective whose “Yaral Sa Doom” is a groundbreaking album spanning borders and musical scenes. Tumi Mogorosi will also make an appearance, an artist, activist and theorist with a focus on the Black liberation. Also in attendance will be South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who explores Church and Ragas, to modern jazz and Classical Western styles for a unique take on contemporary piano.
To get a deeper sense of the festival in its element, check out COSMOS, Le Guess Who?’s hybrid platform that translates the festival’s mission to the online environment with both live and on-demand exclusive content. PAM will be featuring two shorts with a new series entitled PAM Meets, a behind the scenes look at our favorite artists as they get ready to perform at the festival. The first editions follow South African gqom pioneer Menzi into the depths of wildness and Sudanese DJ and producer Turkana as she wields music as a form of empowerment. COSMOS is available for worldwide streaming now until May 15th via cosmos.le guess who.com.
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