Sweden Makes Music is an annual concert event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, introducing brand new and emerging Swedish artists to New York audiences. This year it will return to Baby’s All Right on December 17th and is presented by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York and Export Music Sweden, in collaboration with and curated by Luger, and with support from the Swedish Institute.
This year’s featured artists are Elias, Mapei, Le Sinner, DJ Clea and Morabeza Tobacco.
“This is the seventh year in a row that Sweden Makes Music offers New Yorkers a taste of Sweden’s uniquely progressive and diverse music scene, with live performances by top-notch emerging artists and vital conversations about representation and gender equity in the industry.” – Niklas Arnegren, Head of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Sweden in New York.
In addition, Sweden Makes Music has teamed up with Tekla, a Swedish festival founded by Robyn offering creative educational environments for girls to build their self-confidence in relation to music and other tech-based art forms. Along with the Swedish Institute and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the Tekla team will run day-time music production workshops for NYC middle-school girls and present a Tekla Dialogue panel talk to discuss gender norms, role models, and how the industry can work to improve opportunities for women in music production. More information about Tekla can be found HERE.
Robyn – Global plans for Tekla
“The values of Tekla are universal, and we’re thrilled to be able to engage with girls all over the world. There are huge gaps in gender roles in today’s music business and it’s important to start early in showing possibilities and creating role models for future generations.” – Barbara Chamoun, Tekla workshop leader along with Brenda El Rayes
The Sweden Makes Music 2019 event at Baby’s All Right on December 17th is free but RSVP is required and subject to capacity.
RSVP Sweden Makes Music at Baby’s All Right, HERE.
Stockholm-based Elias released his debut album Entwined last year and already dropped two singles – “I Give You The Best” and “Neon Lights” – in anticipation of an upcoming EP. He’s been described by Noisey as “a concoction of James Blake soulfulness and Bon Iver potential”, while i-D compared his “gorgeously profound voice” with FKA twigs, Spooky Black, Anthony Hamilton and Sam Cooke.
Mapei is a Swedish-American artist who playfully connects the dots between soul music and today’s club and hip-hop vibes. She’s been compared to M.I.A, remixed by Frankie Knuckles and Chance the Rapper, and recently dropped a new album, Sensory Overload, signaling another level and brand new chapter in her career.
Le Sinner –
Le Sinner is a Malmö-based rap artist who never follows conventions. Since achieving global fame with his debut single “Paris” in 2017 and peaking at #1 on Spotify’s Viral 50 in the U.S., he’s been hailed by the likes of DJ Snake, Beats 1, Vibe and XXL. With the future looking bright, he’s ready to start making moves in New York.
DJ Clea –
With ten years of experience behind the decks, Stockholm-based DJ Clea is one of the brightest stars on the Swedish circuit. Known and beloved for her melodic and progressive take on dance music, her sets are always multi-faceted and creative – the kind of deep house crafted for both late-night club floors and lazy afternoons in the sun.
Morabeza Tobacco – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0zce27eTR25aKpjQ7CvOA7
Morabeza Tobacco is the hazy lo-fi pop duo of Vanilla Stillefors och Gustav Jennefors, who took their name from a local bodega and smoke shop in Stockholm. Their first single – ”TTYL” – was quickly discovered and celebrated by NPR, and their self-titled debut album of atmospheric dream-pop drew rave reviews for its “entrancing atmosphere” by The 405.
Sweden Makes Music 2019