Gaye Su Akyol
The last decade, Gaye Su Akyol has been one of the brightest stars of the alternative Turkish music scene. Her albums have shown an artist willing and able to search for new ways of expanding the anatolian psych rock tradition. On stage, she is one of the most charismatic front figures on the current rock scene. Her smoky voice and atmospheric, almost occult stagecraft can make her feel like a singer from another time. But the immediacy of her lyrics and the postmodern playfulness of her band makes Gaye Su Akyol an artist speaking to the present moment.
Duquende is one of the great flamenco singers living today. He is considered one of the heirs to the legendary Camaron de la Isla, who invited Duquende on stage when he was only nine years old. Accompanied by Camaron himself on guitar, it was a true flying start of his career. Through a long and distinguished career spanning four decades, Duquende has proved himself worthy of it.
His performance alongside Paco de Lucia at Oslo World in 2011 was unforgettable. We are proud to invite Duquende back to our 30th anniversary.
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Onipa is the fiery collaboration between some of the heaviest players on the vibrant, genre crossing UK scene at the moment. It was born out of collaboration between two long-time friends: The rapper K.O.G. (Kweku Sackey) from Ghana and the eclectic producer Tom Excell (musical director of Nubiyan Twist). When they join forces, sounds from Ghana, London and beyond meet. This year, their third album Off the Grid dropped - a journey that combines dance rhythms from Africa to electronic dance music of today's clubs and festivals, connecting African folklore and storytelling to rap, jazz and hip hop. It was released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records, and features collaborators such as Moonchild Sanelly, David Walters, Dele Sosimi and Theon Cross.