Raï master singer, followed by belly dance and club across genres.
It seems fair to say that no musician has done more for the spread of Raï music in Norway than the singer Cheb Hocine. The great musician has thrilled audiences all over Scandinavia, UK and France for decades. Here at home, he is perhaps most known for his collaboration with the cult jazz quartet The Source at their legendary christmas shows, where his versions of well known Norwegian christmas tunes has created many converts. Hocine comes from the Algerian port city Oran, where Raï was created when arab folk music was exposed to pop music. Raï has been dubbed the “arab blues”, and is a central part of daily life to this day. To Oslo World, Cheb brings his trio consisting of himself on vocal and percussion, Hassen Maroine on keyboards and Sankung Jobarteh on guitar and kora.
Amsterdam based Hala Namer aka LazerGazer is a Syrian sound designer and DJ driven by hulking bass and pounding percussions. Her music selection makes you belly dance across genres and she has played stages such as Rewire, Dekamntel, Garage Noord, and numerous venues in the Netherlands, Germany. She has also been a resident at Ma3azef Radio.
Noise Diva is an Amsterdam-based producer and DJ, Garage Noord resident, and co-founder of KLAB and SALWA foundation. Her music bridges a variety of genres, from Moroccan trap to Egyptian R&B, French drill, dancehall, and UK garage, weaving together stories that transcend the dancefloor, while ensuring that dancers stay hot on their toes. The ecstatic flow that she creates in her sets is always unexpected, and yet guaranteed to create intimate connections around the DJ booth.