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OSAMA ABDULRASOL & LODE VERCAMPT
Osama and Lode have been musical brothers for years. But when they play together as a duo it becomes really clear how much they are each master of their instruments. The result is a musical painting of intimacy and emotion, colourful and diverse, with here and there a touch of absurdity, just like the musicians themselves. Osama Abdulrasol: qanun, compositions Lode Vercampt: cello
Nisia came about from the meeting of disparate musical universes: the traditional music of Southern Italy and European jazz and folk. From that encounter emerged a repertoire rich in emotion, humour, passion and joy. Inspired by the old musical and rhythmic traditions of regions like Sicily, Calabria and Campania, the three musicians reinterpret, compose, fuse and create their own style that, just like a thousand-year-old olive tree, digs its roots deep and pushes its branches and fruits to the heavens.
Marvara performs sprightly folk written by bagpipe player Marieke Van Ransbeeck (BE). The music expresses her experiences and memories of a breathtaking musical adventure in the Far North. Danes Frederik Mensink and Villads Hoffmann (from Stundom and Tailcoat), Swedes Mårten Hillbom (from Víík and Tailcoat) and Belgian accordionist Hilke Bauweraerts accompany Marieke with her bagpipes (Flemish bagpipe, baroque musette & Swedish bagpipe). Their debut album ‘High On Life’ is a real feel-good experience. Energetic melodies, bold harmonies, moody slows, devilish polkas and even a pinch of pop music.
ABOUBAKAR TRAORE & BALIMA FOLY
Aboubakar Traoré, hails from Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. He is a virtuoso on the kamale n'goni and experiments with Brussels musicians, mixing traditional and contemporary music. Aboubakar is a self-taught musician who has travelled throughout much of Europe and shares his knowledge through concert and workshops. His first album, "Tama Tama", was nominated for the Octaves de la Musique 2021 in the category Musiques du Monde. The band plays with a view to the future, without turning its back on the long tradition of griots and West African songs.
RaqL is a Brussels artist of Cape Verdean, Portuguese and Angolan origin who specialises in tropical and electronic music from the Portuguese and African communities around the world. Her sets are eclectic and energetic. She plays regularly on Kiosk Radio and Bruzz: a mix of electronic genres but always tinged with contemporary Afrobeat.
DJ BONA LÉA is a Belgo-Cameroonian DJ full of spunk and no-frills, she is the co-founder of Brussels collective Bloom Hill and resident DJ at Kiosk Radio. She excites the ears of her audience with her eclectic choices and search for unique sounds. She has a penchant for afro rhythms and percussion, broken Beats and Bass music.