The future of hip-hop is female. Geneva-based artist Danitsa’s showcase today was definitely a reminder of that fact. As female hip-hop artists and rappers are changing rules of the game all over the world, from the amazing Princess Nokia in New York, to rappers like Nadia Rose or Little Simz in the Uk (the latter will be playing tonight at Paléo), Switzerland isn’t left out of the game.
Born in Paris and having spent her teenage years in Geneva, Danitsa pleases with her great beats and amazing voice. Mixing it up with a touch of soul, funk and reggae, she defies musical genres. Her vocal technique is spot on, and her warm voice is as convincing on masterpieces like Captain as it is when she covers the legendary Nina Simone.
Inspired by her Jamaican heritage and her numerous trips to the island, she sings in English, a slight French accent betraying her mother tongue, but a flow that competes with the best rappers. Her presence on stage is bright and powerful. Performing in front of a crowd of journalists ahead of her concert tomorrow night, Friday, at 16:30 under the Club Tent, she had everybody shaking their hips and grooving along. From more light-hearted track like Repo Man to the powerful and affirming Captain, her sounds where on spot.
The swiss hip-hop scene is definitely one to look out for, with a couple of concerts at Paléo this year- an edition that has a big focus on up and coming hip hop artists, from Little Simz to Romeo Elvis. Friday will also be the occasion to discover the infamous Geneva trio behind the Xtrem Tour: MC’s Makala, Slimka and Di-Meh. Their reputation for giving explosive concerts is set, and Paléo should be no different.