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Nana Adjoa and Altin Gün take the virtual stage at SXSW 2021

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Tue, Mar 16 - Wed, Mar 31  2021

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The 2021 edition of the South by South West (SXSW) Music festival features two critically acclaimed bands from the Netherlands!

Altin Gün and Nana Adjoa will perform during the virtual SXSW Music festival, taking place online from 16 to 20 March 2021.

The SXSW Music Festival brings together an international community of artists and music professionals for a unique celebration, discussion, and exploration of music. New, developing, and established Showcasing Artists enhance their careers by reaching new audiences and attendees. Showcases are curated by SXSW in collaboration with record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals, and more.

Music Festival Showcases take place March 16-20 between the hours of 2:30pm and 10:00pm CT. Learn more about how to watch showcases, join live discussions, and experience select performances in VR on the Attendee Services Hub.

Nana Adjoa

Amsterdam-based singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa is a sonic explorer, armed with a deft poeticism and a fierce sense of musicianship. Behind the multi-instrumentalist’s bold approach to songwriting is an unflinching sense of curiosity and an openness to endless possibility. You could say Nana Adjoa is a citizen of the world. She was raised in the Netherlands by her Dutch mother and Ghanaian father, while her music draws on influences beyond her heritage, like her formal jazz training and love of American rock bands. In a recent episode of NPR’s World Cafe, you’ll hear how those influences come together as Adjoa performs songs from her debut full-length, Big Dreaming Ants, and discusses how she discovered her mother’s secret musical history when she first started playing bass guitar.

Wednesday March 17th
21:30 CET / 16:30 EST

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Altın Gün

The critically acclaimed Amsterdam-based Anatolian rock and Turkish Psychedelic Folk band, Altın Gün, released their third album, Yol, on Glitterbeat Records (Europe) and ATO Records (America).
Amsterdam’s Altin Gün have built a strong reputation for fusing past and present to make brilliantly catchy, upbeat pop music, as seen with their Grammy-nominated second album, Gece. Yol, their third album in as many years, continues that trend; while unveiling a number of sonic surprises.
It should be no surprise to learn that the band again draws from the rich and incredibly diverse traditions of Anatolian and Turkish folk music. But however familiar the story, Yol is not just a record that reframes traditional sounds for a contemporary audience. The album, which often presents a strongly international, poppy sound, also signals a very different approach in making and recording for the band. Singer Merve Dasdemir takes up the story: “We were basically stuck at home for three months making home demos, with everybody adding their parts. The transnational feeling maybe comes from that process of swapping demos over the internet, some of the music we did in the studio, but lockdown meant we had to follow a different approach”

Altın Gün toured globally, including support shows with Tame Impala (USA, October 2019) and were invited by King Gizzard to play their Gizzfest in Australia. The band sold out European and US-clubtours and got airplay on stations across the continent. They were scheduled to play the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals last year, before the coronavirus pandemic stopped both events and shows got rescheduled to new dates.

Wednesday March 17th
21:30 CET / 16:30 EST 

click band name for SXSW registration options and details

2021 Event Information
The SXSW Online digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, film screenings, music showcases, networking, and exhibitions from March 16 – March 20, 2021. Each showcase gives SXSW Online passholders the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s headliners at unique venues in the artists’ home countries through a premium viewing experience, with streaming available via web, mobile, and the SXSW Online Connected TV app.

New Dutch Wave

In its SXSW showcase, New Dutch Wave presents a selection of the best Dutch ideas of talented creatives, who make the future better for people and the planet. With its annual participation in SXSW, New Dutch Wave wants to accelerate international cooperation and innovation, whereby the organization catalyzes the connection between artists, designers, media makers, researchers, start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs, corporates, administrators, and investors. More info here.

Dutch Music Export

For this year’s edition, New Dutch Wave and Dutch Music Export have nominated two talented acts, who are well under way to conquer the American music scene. The Netherlands proudly presents Altin Gün and Nana Adjoa, who recorded in one of the best-known venues of the Netherlands, Melkweg Amsterdam

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