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.
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 for the Goethe Institut, the Zeit Foundation, the Courage youth festival and the VW partner school festival. Jess speaks fluent English and Spanish.
She loves dancing so much that for a time, she even was an active member of her own dance troupe.
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.
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