In Doka, “the basement where life happens in the dark”, Amsterdam Roots Festival presents two striking new creations. In Shakuar, singer / songwriter Shishani Vranckx, vocalist-storyteller Karima el Fillali and producer Francesco Robustelli blend age-old mysticism and vocals with exciting electronic sounds. “Radio 6 Soul and Jazz Talent” Lady Shaynah was inspired by her Antillean-Surinamese roots and tells her personal story with her powerful voice and a good dose of neo soul.
The acts are alternated by Fumilayo: a DJ who grew up in the Bijlmer where he came into contact with music, dance and art at a very young age. The young DJ was born in 1997 but his young age does not limit him in his knowledge of music. He is often described as an old soul. The name “Funmilayo” is a name of the Nigerian Yoruba tribe and means “God has brought me joy”. He succeeds every set again to transfer this joy to the audience. His genres range from Funk, Neo-Soul, Old school Hip Hop / R&B to Alternative, Underground and Afrohouse.