26.7.2019 – Kaiku
“In search of futuristic Arab club music (?)” With these words, Deena Abdelwahed has announced her arrival on the European scene. Following an early career in her native Tunisia, it is in France – and as part of the Arabstazy collective – that her career has really taken off, with her hybrid DJ sets and love for underground culture already earning her invitations to perform at Sonar, the Berghain and Boiler Room. This queer activist and Fever Ray collaborator has just released a debut album, the much talked-about Khonnar, which manages to be both dancefloor-friendly and politically-engaged. Deena may still be on her mission to find futuristic Arab club music but, at the very least, her sonic journey has taken her to within touching distance of her goal.
Rag is resident DJ and programmer of Barbi(e)turix parties and of her WET FOR ME evenings. She likes mixes of genres and influences. Her sets with house and minimal sounds are as highly charged as her collective, who happens to be one of the proudest representative of the Paris electro queer and lesbian scene.
Since 2004, she is associated with many scenographers, graphic designers and musicians in order to organize the most inventive evenings of the Parisian underground scene. She also collaborates with international artists such as Peaches, Ellen Allien, Miss Kittin, Red Axes or Chloe.
As programmer of the main stage of Paris Gay Pride, Rag has succeeded in gathering nearly 40,000 people every year on the Place de la Republique. She has been programmed in prestigious clubs such as La Machine du Moulin Rouge, le Rex Club, Le Cabaret Sauvage, Le Trésor, Le Transbordeur and Le Sucre, as she stands out for her bubbling and subversive energy behind turntables. She has also performed in festivals such as Nuits Sonores, Electropicales, Les Femmes s’en Mêlent and in many minimalist clubs.
French Express is a Nordic touring support created by the Institut français in Paris, le Bureau Export and the local Institut français’ of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in order to support new and emerging ’Made in France’ artists, DJs and bands touring in the Nordic countries.
In collaboration with Swedish live music promoter Monstera, this group of partners has supported 6 tours in recent years for artists and projects such as Owlle (2013), Christine and the Queens (2014), La Femme (2015), Broken Back (2016), Superpoze (2017) and Juveniles (2017).
French Express 2019
18.5. Tukholma – Slakthuset
24.5. Oslo – Blå
31.5. Kopenhamina – Distortion Festival
26.7. Helsinki – Kaiku