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August 30, 2012

A World of Ideas in a Week Curated by Gilles Peterson

Saturday 8 September, Bartons Nottingham.

Two weeks since the tickets were released, the World Event Young Artists Launch Event is already a sell-out!

As well as 1000 artists from 100 different nations in attendance, we’ve got a fantastic, international line-up of young, emerging artists that have been selected by Gilles.

Sulk Station

Sulk Station is made up of Bangalore duo Tanvi Rao and Rahul Giri. Their ambient trip-hop/dubstep softly layers  the ethereal vocals of Rao to create a mystical genre that fuses classical Indian melodies with contemporary electronic music. Combining the jazzy notes of groups like Portishead with the rhythms of acts like Four Tet, their soundscapes illustrate a picture of modern-day Indian musicianship, influenced by Western artists but still distinctly Indian. Sulk Station, who have been heard on the BBC Asian Network, recently released their debut album Till You Appear which has garnered international praise. Credited with being unique in their hypnotic sound, media stations across India, including MTV Desi, are hailing this group as the next big thing to come out the country.

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Ayanna Witter-Johnson is one of the UK’s most talented and dedicated young artists. A cellist and singer, her elegant music draws comparisons with Gary Bartz and Nina Simone. Her 2011 Album, Truthfully, produced by Marc Mac (4Hero) is a fresh work of great sophistication. Trained at the Manhattan School of Music, she has composed for The Actors Company Theatre and toured the UK with Jazz Warriors Afropeans with Courtney Pine CBE. Nitin Sawhney selected Ayanna for his Aftershock project at the Southbank Centre, London. For more information see her website.

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Chaguito Y Sus Timberos

A highly energetic Afro-Cuban band from Havana made up of drums, congas and vocals, Chaguito Y Sus Timberos mix many traditional styles to form their own style of rhumba . Band-leader Chaguito is a well-respected rumbero from Guantanamo who has built a reputation as a prolific composer. Knowledgeable in Cuban percussion and vocal traditions, he innovates whilst fusing conventional techniques to write songs for the group. Coming to WEYA with four Timberos, this 5-piece band will saturate the crowd with high-energy drumming on congas and the bata, a sacred double-headed drum introduced to Cuba from Nigeria in the 1800s. Chaguito has taken many students under his wing as they strive to reach the level of skill he possesses in his hands. His voice is powerful and evocative.

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Flávio Renegado

Known as “Renegade”, Flávio is a Brazilian rap artist. Winner of 2008’s Hutúz, Latin America’s prestigious hip-hop festival, Renegade has grown in notoriety across the world with each tour. His debut album From the New York Oiapoque took him to Cuba, France, UK, Spain and Australia, as well as a large-scale tour of Brazil. It is a work rich in native rhythms like samba, bossa nova and maracatu as well as Afrobeat, Caribbean rhythms and American hip-hop.

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Alongside Gilles there will be a whole host of  DJs from the Nottingham scene, to be announced in a couple of days.