NEW ACTS TO SWEETEN YOUR SUMMER
Finally, summer is really back. And finally, with the temperature gauge rising, the next confirmations for this year’s Reeperbahn Festival are flying in. It’s a cauldron of multicoloured fare once again, satisfying all wants and desires across the board in terms of stylistic diversity and talent.
First up is Ukrainian rapper alyona alyona, winner of the ANCHOR Award at the 2019 Reeperbahn Festival, whose career has taken off pretty spectacularly ever since. Her rap style is dirty and worldly-wise, but also deals with topics like empowerment and the intolerable conditions of her country. An artist who realises her ambitions against the odds.
This credo is also followed by Alynda Segarra, who has experienced one transformation after another over the last decade with her band Hurray For The Riff Raff and gained experience on stages worldwide. The band celebrate a wide range of styles, with their signature sound set somewhere between Americana, country, indie spirit and contemporary songwriting.
Diversity in shape and colour is also served up by Cassia. The UK trio mix garage rock with Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeat, but also draw inspiration from Latin American sounds. The result is perfect summer music which takes in the tradition of Fela Kuti, celebrating the lust for life to the full.
ClockClock approach their creative artistic process with similar relish, although with two DJs and one voice it all tends to lean more towards electropop. Still completely overlooked in Germany, the three guys from Mannheim are a sure bet for sweaty club nights where the grin won’t leave your face - ClockClock’s sets always have some mad surprises in store.
The surprises thing applies in equal measure to Paula Hartmann too. This up-and-coming poet has risen almost out of the blue to become one of the most promising artists in this country. She effortlessly reflects the Gen-Z way of life in her profound lyrics, blurring the lines between pop, trap and R'n'B. Her Reeperbahn début this year promises to be a special experience, and not just for her.
Albi X is also celebrating his premiere with us. The Cologne native is undoubtedly one of the most unconventional acts to appear on the German hip-hop scene in a good many years. Crazy beats and lyrics in three different languages make the tracks of the rapper with Congolese roots a unique experience - especially when he really kicks off live on stage.
If the temperature on stage hits boiling point, it can only mean that KeKe has arrived. Her hurricane of empowerment lyrics and fierce beat patterns that can quickly switch between trap and footwork have caused a sensation again and again recently and see themselves as a new generation of rap artists whose moment has finally arrived.
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