Etnosoi! 2018

Etnosoi! 3.–12.11.2018

For the Etnosoi! festival it is a dream come trues to finally have Dizu Plaatjies performing at the festival. The charismatic artist and his Ibuyambo ensemble plays, sings and dances, gathering inspiration from the rich traditions of southern Africa. 

“As old people die, they disappear with vast knowledge of how music was made in the past. Most of us [Africans] growing up now have very little knowledge of African instruments and melodies. - - Old African classical music has to be documented in Africa’s new beginning", Plaatjies tells in an interview for Mail & Guardian.

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Leyla McCalla (US) is probably familiar to the Finnish audience from the group Carolina Chocolate Drops, but now she proceeds steadily on her own path as a solo artist, whose intimate interpretations appeal to friends of all sorts of roots music.

Leyla McCalla is not afraid to speak up on difficult themes like racism or what it means to be American - to sing in creole and bring out her Haitian roots is also a statement on that subject. “When you have a political leader - - - saying ‘Let’s build a wall’, well, let’s start in Alaska, because if you go back in history of whose is whose, none of it is ours”, she says in an interview in fRoots magazine.

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PRE-Etnosoi! offers a chance to get into the festival mood already in August, in collaboration with the Etno-Espa-festival on the Esplanadi open-air stage! Ahoo Band & Friends perform 9.8. at 4 pm.

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