Albert N’sanda is a German musician, producer, songwriter and artist with Congolese roots. He is a real all-rounder. Music is in his blood. His music is profound, emotional and occasionally very rhythmic. His roots influence much of his music with the typical afrobeat. Albert has been performing on stage since childhood and if you have ever seen and heard him, you will not forget him in a hurry. With his charisma and his extraordinary clear, profound and soulful voice, he enchants everyone. Albert has already shared the stage and his creativity with many renowned artists, such as Rolf Stahlhofen, Nelson Müller, The Local Ambassadors, SSIO and many others. As a songwriter/producer/singer he has worked on music for and with Culcha Candela, Tom Beck, SSIO, Banda Senderos and many other artists.
Most recently, he worked on the album “Mit Pauken und Trompeten” by Jazzkantine, who he also accompanied on tour last year as their frontman. He also energetically pursues his passion project, the “Gorilla Funk” duo with Johnny Strange from Culcha Candela. Through “Gorilla Funk” he also addresses socio-critical topics and makes an important contribution. He encompasses social topics and integration in voice, lyrics and notes. The duo also recently visited Rwanda with other artists from around the world and through the NGO “Viva con Agua” they were musically active in aid of drinking water supply.
The brass band “Banda Comunale” has been making music in Dresden for over 15 years. They make uninhibited use of the cultural influences of what are perceived as foreign countries and peoples. For a large part, their repertoire includes music from the crisis regions of the world: north Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, Columbia, western, eastern and central Africa, and eastern Europe. After over 40 concerts against PEGIDA and for people who have fled their home countries in preliminary reception centres in Dresden and the surrounding area, they began the “Banda Internationale” project in 2015 with refugee musicians in Dresden, which has now become a fixed band. Since then, the group of nearly 20 musicians from Syria, Palestine, Iran and Iraq has won numerous prizes and has played more than 300 concerts in Dresden, Saxony and Germany. Their overriding, shared goal was to re-interpret the music of their homeland, to open peoples’ hearts, to dismantle prejudices and resentment, and to contribute to an understanding between new and long-term residents of Saxony, Germany and Europe.
On the basis of the close collaboration with musicians from many different cultures, and the experiences gathered over the last two years with intercultural, music education work with children and young adults, the band went on a tour to the country of one of its musicians and visited a large number of schools and education institutions in Burkina Faso in 2018. Together with Ezékiel Wendtoin, the singer of the band and winner of the Africa Special Award of the Song Contest 2015, the band planned the construction of a school in Ouagadougou, which has been built in the meantime and will be occupied by pupils this year.
Ees, whose real name is Eric Sell, is a Namibian musician and music producer of German descent. In his songs, which he dubs "NAM Flava music", he mixes elements from Kwaito, Afro pop, reggae and hip hop. In order to increase the popularity of modern Namibian music in German-speaking countries, Ees moved to Cologne in 2004 after a stopover in Cape Town.
On the African continent, Ees's music has already won several highly prestigious awards: for example, he won the "Listeners' Choice Award" at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2009 and, together with Mandoza, the "Channel O Africa Music Video Award" in 2012 – which is one of the most coveted musical awards in Africa – for the song Ayoba.
In Germany, two songs from EES provided accompanying soundtracks for the Football World Cup in 2010: “Again ’n Again”, the official World Cup song for BILD Online and “Hands Up”, the official World Cup song for radio broadcaster WDR 2. With the Yes-Ja! band, EES was also the winner of “X Factor” 2018 in Germany.
Since her outstanding success in “The Voice of Germany” in 2015, a lot has happened in Jamie-Lee’s life. She appeared in front of 200 million TV viewers for the Eurovision Song Contest, her first album, “Berlin”, was launched and she was then nominated for the German ECHO music prize in the “Pop National Artist” category.
The singer from Hanover doesn’t take herself too seriously and enjoys the limelight. However, as Jamie-Lee says, she has another side: “I am an emotional person. I might look cheeky or loud, but I’m a very thoughtful person.” This is also reflected in her mystical hit song “Ghost”, which has been played constantly on the radio, and which has already gathered 20 million clicks on YouTube.
Jamie-Lee worked for the Toggo channel and recorded “Spirit”, the German title song for the Disney series. This version is more successful than the US original, with nearly 8 million clicks. Based on this experience, she has started to enjoy singing in German. Currently, Jamie-Lee is working on new songs in German in the studio. She writes her own texts and the music, and can express herself and her entire personality in this way.
Jamie-Lee is a vegan and staunch animal rights activist.
Jess has been a well-known personality in Germany for the last 10-15 years, as her large fan base shows. Since 2010, she has presented the youth programme KiKA LIVE together with Ben, and can be seen on the ARD and ZDF children’s channel from Monday to Thursday. Currently she also moderates the Tigerentenclub (KiKA, ARD). She also presents various LIVE events such as the KiKA Award, the Courage Youth Festival and World Hospice Day.
Jess also campaigns against fake news and hate on the internet, and is an ambassador for the German federal children’s hospice association, the Bundesverband Kinderhospiz.
Johanna Klum is one of the most likeable faces on juvenile television. She made her name as presenter of the award-winning ProSieben show “Elton vs. Simon”. She presented the “Bundesvision Song Contest” (ProSieben) alongside Stefan Raab. She also presented “SuperKids” (SAT.1) and dance show “Got to Dance” (ProSieben), the latter awarded the German Television Award. She has been the presenter of ZDF/KIKA production “Dein Song” since 2010.
Social commitment is also an important concern for Johanna. This sees her regularly involved in various projects such as the “Junge Helden” association, campaigning for organ donation.
Joyce Candido is one of the most impressive performers in a new generation of Samba and MPB singers. She was discovered by Chico Buarque over fifteen years ago and has released three high quality, very successful albums. She made her big breakthrough in 2006 with an outstanding show in Teatro Rival, which ran for several days and was directed by Bibi Ferreira.
She is a regular guest in major music TV productions in Brazil. The charismatic singer also has a major presence outside the country. In 2017, she was awarded the prize of “Musical Ambassador of the Country” at the Press Award in Japan. She has presented her albums in several extended tours in Europe and North America. At the “Over the Border Festival” in 2019, she shared the stage with the Fado singer Cuca Roseta, and gave a much praised concert. In Rio de Janeiro, she embodies the new Bossa Nova compositions and has an especially large fan community in the younger generation.
KAFVKA is a young band from Berlin-Lichtenberg who merge rap and punk with political beliefs and bold messaging. KAFVKA’s debut album ”Hände Hoch!” (Hands Up!) was released in April 2016 and immediately catapulted the band to some of Germany’s largest live act stages. Appearances on-stage have included for instance the Open Flair, Taubertal Festival and even “Rock im Park” events. The following year the band played in front of 10,000 excited spectators as a supporting act for the band Toten Hosen. Their LIVE motto can be put into a single word: Demolition!
KAFVKA’s second album “2084” came out in 2018. Many of KAFVKA’s songs appeal directly to humanity to recognise the seriousness of the time, to take responsibility and appropriate action. The track ”Alle hassen Nazis” (Everyone hates Nazis) is the most successful song in the band’s history. KAFVKA bluntly narrates on the current political situation and appeals to everyone to take responsibility for current events and act appropriately. For the band, it’s not about pointing fingers but making a point. The band’s merchandise for instance is now made exclusively from second hand or fair trade products, and singer Jonas is co-founder of the FLÜCHTLINGE WILLKOMMEN (REFUGEES WELCOME) platform, which helps refugees cohabit with existing accommodation-sharing communities.
Riccardo Montero is a rapper, trained audio engineer, speaker, artist coach and managing director of Heartbeat Edutainment. Heartbeat Edutainment is a charitable organisation that promotes the development of young people’s potential through education and personal development, with the help of music production. Riccardo Montero has already received several prizes and awards such as the Come Together Award for democracy and human rights, and is listed among the Top 30 under 30 most successful social entrepreneurs. He was also nominated for the German Integration Award.
He and his brother together form the Los Monteroz rap duo. The focus of the band with German-Spanish-Nigerian roots is on positive lyrics and global events. This underlines their aspiration as artists: instead of propagating negativity, the two want to engage with their listeners as equals and offer inspiring alternatives to life on the streets. With their individual blending of different musical traditions to form a modern sound, the brothers stand out from the crowd. Their new “Rootz” EP will be released in February 2021.
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