Holland Festival is all about bringing together exceptional talent from across the globe to the Netherlands. Known to be one of the oldest festivals in Europe, founded in 1947, this year is a celebration of its 75th Anniversary! Taking place across the month of June in Amsterdam (full Glamcult-recommends coming soon!), this season they are giving us their all. With amazing acts across the board, one of the events we are most excited to dive into is a night hailing exceptional talent (and some of the best African artists out there), on June 20th at Melkweg. Curated by Angelique Kidjo, this female-led evening of talent showcases rap, afro-house, sharp beats and more with artists such as Sho Madjozi, Aunty Rayzor, Nana Fofie, Defmaa Maadef and more taking the stage in the Old Hall. Ready to take us under their wing for an evening of exploration and excitement, make sure you have the event on your radar!
First on the line-up for the evening is South African singer, rapper, actress and poet Sho Madjozi. Known for her energetic and rhythmic music, an integral facto to Madjozi’s sound is her engagement with the Tsonga culture of her homeland. Interesting elements of this with Gqom, Afropop and so forth, her work is electrifying (highly fashionable) and a sight to see. Alongside all of this, in 2019, Madjozi was also named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 for her contribution to the music and last year won Best Female Artist in the African Music Awards for her work, What A Life. Madjozi is a legend, so her coming to Amsterdam is an honour — and seeing her life, is one to tick off the bucket list.
Next up is the incredible Aunty Rayzor. Rayzor is a Nigerian Afro Hip-Hop singer and songwriter who is known for being one of Nigeria’s hottest emerging talents. With a much-lust-after style and a uniqueness to remember, Aunty Rayzor’s music is sharp, witty and versatile. Influenced by the world of afrobeat and afro house, this incredible rapper performs in both English and in her native Yoruba language. Making a name for herself in Nigeria’s underground (dubbed the ‘Naija Thugress’), she is ready to share her sound with Amsterdam.
Alongside these two powerhouses is Nana Fofie, known best for her Mad over You Mashup and incredible vocals, alongside DefMaa MaaDef who bring to you “music, cinéma, art, lifestyle and fashion” all rolled into one!
Alongside these two powerhouses is Nana Fofie, known best for her Mad over You Mashup and incredible vocals, alongside DefMaa MaaDef who bring to you “music, cinéma, art, lifestyle and fashion” all rolled into one! There are more names yet to be announced, so keep an eye out here. Holland Festival x Melkweg will take place on June 20th, so make sure to get your tickets, and check out the full programme. Also, watch this space as we will be reporting on all that is Holland Festival and where Glamcult will be throughout the month of June!
Jun 3 – Jun 26, 2022
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Words by Grace Powell