Le Guess Who? reveals full 2022 festival program 73 new program additions, including Oumou Sangaré, Mourning [A] BLKstar, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Estrella Morente, and Yaya Bey, along with programs hosted by Batu, Nyege Nyege & more
Photo by Melanie Marsman
From 10-13 November, Le Guess Who? returns to Utrecht for its 15th Anniversary Edition. The forward-thinking festival platforms underrepresented sounds that have the power to enrich lives, and are rarely heard in other places.
Le Guess Who? now reveals the full 2022 program, with new additions joining the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim, Low, Lole Montoya, Nia Archives, as well as festival curators Animal Collective, clipping., and CURL.
Joining Le Guess Who?’s general festival line-up are a.o. Estrella Morente, one of Spain's true flamenco dynasties, who performs with the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra; Mourning [A] BLKstar, a multi-generational, genre-defying collective dedicated to the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora; Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul who are rare tale-tellers in electronic music, funneling the zeitgeist into playful synth concoctions; GRAMMY Award-winning Malian singer Oumou Sangaré; Yaya Bey, one of R&B’s most exciting new talents; Afrofuturistic jazz outfit Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, who will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on stage; Welsh much-lauded musician and producer Cate Le Bon; Columbian-Canadian musician Lido Pimienta who interlocks cumbia with electronic music and art pop; eco-friendly-Afro-punk-collective Fulu Miziki Kolektiv and Amsterdam-based indie rock crusaders Personal Trainer who premiere their new album ‘Big Love Blanket’ live.
Noori & His Dorpa Band have been added to the program presented by Ostinato Records; Groupe RTD unfortunately had to cancel their performance. Noori uplifts the ever-resilient Beja community, whose long history is rife with oppression from the Sudanese government. This will be one of the first artists from Sudan to perform in Europe since the 90s.
Programs hosted by Batu, Nyege Nyege, DJ Fitz, Bong-Ra, and Moonshine
Bristol’s Batu has become a staple of the city’s night sound. Besides performing, he also hosts a program that includes restless sound explorer Kode9, the founder of labels Hyperdub and Flatlines; globe-trotting Parisian DJ Bambounou with a bold approach to UK techno, IDM, and tribal sources and Lena Willikens, challenging convention both on the stage and in the booth.
Le Guess Who? will also feature programs hosted by Kampala-based label Nyege Nyege focusing on African high tempo electronic music; DJ Fitz, who has been a part of each festival edition for the last 15 years; post-border, multi-disciplinary collective Moonshine, who focus on African and electronic club culture; and Dutch pioneering musician Bong-Ra.
COSMOS is Le Guess Who?’s hybrid platform for collaboration with international partners to present their local scenes through audio-visual content. LGW Embassies are broadcast from Slemani, Kurdistan-Iraq; Goa, India; Cairo, Egypt; Pernambuco, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; Khartoum, Sudan; China and Palestine. COSMOS can be accessed for free from 10-13 November via leguesswho.com/cosmos.
Limited Day Tickets for Le Guess Who? 2022 remain and are available via leguesswho.com/tickets. 4-Day Festival Passes are now sold out.
Le Guess Who? collaborates with The Dutch Council for Refugees and NewBees for the ‘Grant an Entry’ initiative, which gives visitors the option to buy an additional day ticket (at 50% of the regular price) for people who are also interested in visiting the festival but don’t have the financial means to do so.
The full line-up for Le Guess Who? 2022 can be found below (new additions in bold):
Le Guess Who? - A Celebration of Sound
Abdullah Ibrahim • Alison Cotton • Animistic Beliefs (live) • Asher Gamedze • billy woods • Bint7alal • blondewednesday • Bohren & der Club of Gore • Cate Le Bon • chamæleon • Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul • Dienne • Dion Lunadon • DJ Fitz • Dry Cleaning • Eerie Wanda • Estrella Morente & Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra • EXEK • Flore Laurentienne • Fulu Miziki Kolektiv • Goat • Huerco S. • Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: 50th Anniversary Celebration • Injury Reserve • Irena & Vojtěch Havlovi • Joanne Robertson • Jolanda Moletta • Kee Avil • Keeley Forsyth • KOKOKO! • Leoni Leoni • Lewsberg • Lex Amor • Lido Pimienta • Low • Maria BC • Masayoshi Fujita • Mourning [A] BLKstar • Muriel Grossmann Quartet • Myriam Gendron • Nappy Nina • Nia Archives • OCH • OKI • Otim Alpha • Oumou Sangaré • Personal Trainer • PNEM • Rats on Rafts: Visions Of Chapter 3 (live) • Siksa • Širom • Surya Botofasina, Nate Mercereau, Carlos Niño with Special Guests • The Jonny Halifax Invocation • The Staples Jr. Singers • Thiago Nassif • Trees Speak • Tumi Mogorosi presents Group Theory - Black Music • upsammy & Sjoerd Martens (live A/V) • Use Knife • Vincent Moon's Live Cinéma • WaqWaq Kingdom ft. Kalma present Glitchy Nature • Wau Wau Collectif • Yaya Bey • Yeli Yeli • Zs
Curated by Animal Collective
Anastasia Coope • Animal Collective • Dennis Bovell (DJ set) • Habibi Funk DJ Set • Horse Lords • Kuunatic • Les Filles de Illighadad • Liliane Chlela • Liv.e • Maral • Maria Reis • Marina Herlop • Mary Ocher • Slauson Malone 1 • Supersilent • Turner Williams Jr. • Valentín Clastrier
Curated by clipping.
Aho Ssan • clipping. • Divide and Dissolve • Dos Monos • Dreamcrusher • Evicshen • Horse Lords • Jana Rush • Jeff Parker • KMRU & Aho Ssan performing Limen • Manuka Honey • Nkisi • Patric Catani • Rival Consoles • They Hate Change • Zebra Katz
Curated by CURL
Alpha Maid • Astrid Sonne • bar italia • CURL • Eve Stainton presents Dykegeist, with live sound by Mica Levi • Laurel Halo • Maëva Berthelot & Coby Sey performing ‘A Tender Ascent’ • Moor Mother & billy woods performing 'BRASS' • Speakers Corner Quartet & Friends • The Garbage Man (DJ set by Liz Harris/Grouper) • TONE • Tutto Questo Sentire
COSMOS presents LGW Embassy: Cairo, Egypt in partnership with B-62
LGW Embassy: China in partnership with Mentha Project & BIE Music
LGW Embassy: Goa, India in partnership with REProduce
LGW Embassy: Khartoum, Sudan in partnership with Hassan Kamil & Andariyamag
LGW Embassy: Mexico City, Mexico in partnership with Sonido Confirmacion
LGW Embassy: Palestine in partnership with Radio Alhara
LGW Embassy: Pernambuco, Brazil in partnership with Coquetel Molotov
LGW Embassy: Slemani, Kurdistan-Iraq in partnership with Space21
Cheikha Rabia & Esraa Warda • Kaito Winse • Lole Montoya • Nancy Mounir’s Nozhet El Nofous • The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar • Ustad Noor Bakhsh
Ostinato Records presents
The Ano Nobo Quartet • Noori & His Dorpa Band • Talk: Vik Sohonie
Batu presents Bambounou • Batu • Kode9 • Lena Willikens