Friday, 11 March
9:30 PM | Rock Café
Tickets: CZK 100 | Free admission with accreditation or ticket from One World or with HateFree pass.
Have you ever heard Azeri rap or Ukrainian soul? At this year's One World you will have a great opportunity to hear both – and with a human rights element! Azeri rapper Jamal Ali, who because of his hard-hitting music was forced to flee to Berlin, and Ukrainian soul and jazz quartet NastyaZnykaye, which was formed during the culmination of the Maidan, will meet on one stage.
"My house is destroyed; I have become a homeless person without a roof over my head. What do I want with Eurovision?" asks Azeri singer and rapper Jamal Ali in one of his songs. He is referring to the vast demolition of old buildings that took place as part of the modernisation of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. One of the reasons for this "beautification" was the final of Eurovision, which was to be held in the Azeri metropolis in May 2012. Jamal Ali, however, did not participate in the popular song contest. In fact, just a few weeks before it was held he was arrested and brutally beaten by the police for taking part in demonstrations opposing President Ilham Aliyev. Ten days later the popular musician escaped from the prison and immediately packed his stuff and moved to Berlin. But he didn't lose his sharp tongue and is continuing to make his music in his new home.
Kiev singer and guitarist Anastasia Osypenko was for a long time a solo songstress with a guitar. Her breakthrough came with the album Dieslova nakazovogo sposobu (Verbs in the Imperative), recorded during the culmination of events on the Maidan in January 2014. The name of the album was inspired not only by current social-political events in Ukraine, but also the fact that Anastasia studied theory of literature. The original phrasing and imagery of the lyrics of the 14 songs have received such a warm reception from listeners that Anastasia has been talked about as a Ukrainian Norah Jones. Her original solo project with her support band was soon transformed into a regular soul quartet, which has taken musical inspiration not only from Norah Jones, but also from the likes of Amy Winehouse. But the fragile music and thought-provoking lyrics remained. NastyaZnykaye thus today consists of Anastasia Osypenko (vocals, guitar), Natalia Vovk (keyboards), Yuri Shakalov (bass guitar) and Lena Bo (drums). This Nastya, despite the name, has not disappeared anywhere nor will it disappear. Come see it again!
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