April 30, 2007 — This is the Nova Festival’s fourth year in a row featuring extraordinary and exciting music events. This year’s theme is Women of the World. From the 7th to 9th of June Pumpehuset will stage six ground-breaking female artists with an extravaganza of enticing experimental expressions of flamenco, afro, jazz, reggae, latin and electronic music.
Copenhagen has every reason to look forward to the performances of six female artists who during recent years have left their unmistakable thumbprint on the Scandinavian music profile. The Spanish flamenco jazz singer Concha Buika is the Nova Festival’s top name this year. The festival will also present Simone Moreno, Malene Mortensen, Natasja, Lady Aisha and her band Nomadix as well as Bellita Exposito & Ignacio Berroa from Cuba.
These are all women with strong personalities and who have made a remarkable impact on the global music scene. These artists represent the multi-cultural society crossing genre, time, place and cultural background.
Multi-culture art, design and Spanish cinematography
Based in the multi-cultural theme a group of Danish and foreign artists and designers will create the festival’s visual framework. What’s in store are video projections, installations of light, novel furniture solutions, gigantic sculptures and performative events throughout the festival as well as in the streets in the days leading up to the festival.
In collaboration with the Spanish Embassy the festival will present a number of new Spanish films at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. These will be daytime and free-of-charge shows.
As in New York, Paris and Berlin
The organizers of the Nova Festival 2007 both have their roots in the visual universe: Tijana Miskovic, ex-Yugoslavia and Academy of the Fine Arts student, and Abel Alazo, Cuban graphic designer.
"The idea for the festival mainly sprang from the love of global musical diversity. We wanted to present Copenhagen as a multi-cultural metropolis containing the artistic multiplicity of any other city. And we wanted to do it at a New York, Paris or Berlin level, where world music isn’t stuck on civic centre-stages, but whose take-off is the same important stages as any other line of music," says Abel Alazo, who co-organizes the Nova Festival with Tijana Miskovic.
This year the festival is staged in cooperation with much-experienced concert promoter Anette V. Hansen who has organized latin and latinjazz events both in Denmark and abroad.
The Nova Festival started in 2004 at Basement under Vesterbro Kulturhus. The following year the festival moved to Huset i Magstræde to enjoy success both in 2005 and 2006, so this year the organizers have chosen Pumpehuset for their venue to accommodate an even bigger audience.
The following organizations and foundations support the Nova Festival: the Danish Jazz Federation, the Danish Musicians’ Union, World Music Denmark, the City of Copenhagen, Augustinus Fonden, the Spanish embassy, the Danish Arts Councill and the Danish Centre for Culture and Development.
Thursday, 7 June
- 21.00: NOMADIX (Denmark/Somalia/Ghana). Nomadix, consisting of Aisha Ahmed Thorsen and Søren Kabu Ocansey, have captivated Danish audiences with their hardcore rap and seductive rhythms. Thought-provoking lyrics and tough dance music.
- 22.30 NATASJA (Denmark). Natasja is the Danish queen of Ragga. Her song performance and enthusiastic rap is totally energizing.
Friday, 8 June
- 21.00 MALENE MORTENSEN (Denmark). Malene Mortensen is highly respected on the Danish jazz scene; over the last few years she has earned her spurs through an elegant mixture of standards and new jazz.
- 22.30 CONCHA BUIKA (Spain/Equatorial Guinea). Concha Buika is the new Spanish super star with many more performances ahead of her in Copenhagen. With her magnificent mellow voice she mixes flamenco, afro, soul and jazz. This is really something to look forward to.
Saturday, 9 June
- 21.30 SIMONE MORENO (Sweden/Brazil). Simone Moreno, the Sweden-based Brazilian afro-samba energy booster is another must. Drums, keyboard and funky guitar riffs from the 70s are bound to have the audience on their dancing feet.
- 22.30 BELLITA EXPOSITO & IGNACIO BERROA (Cuba). Bellita Exposito ties up the festival with sensual Afro-Cuban jazz. Bellita is a product of ’Nova Trova’, the 60s and 70s movement, and she is a master of the keyboard as well as percussion and vocals. Bellita Exposito will give an outstanding concert together with prize-winning drummer Ignacio Berroa.