Music & clubs
Hip Hop / Rap
Jazz / Soul
The World Village Festival 20 concert features favourite artists from past years’ festivals and a host of new faces. This special performance assembles dozens of artists for a nostalgic journey to memories of festivals past while also looking to the future.
The concert will be hosted by Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble, a fusion of afrobeat and funk led by guitarist Janne Halonen and Beninese percussionist-vocalist Noël Saïzonou. The band’s guests include festival veteran and highly-decorated artist Paleface together with U.S. rapper Matre, Tuure Kilpeläinen, the charismatic frontman of Kaihon Karavaani, and a set of perennial voices in mixed choir Koiton Laulu.
A newer generation of World Village talent is represented by Finland Prize-winning composer, musician and vocalist Anna-Mari Kähärä, YouTube personality and rapper Seksikäs-Suklaa and dancehall artist, DJ and producer VG+. The slate of newcomers is rounded out by Yeboyah, who rose to prominence as a member of last year’s rap phenomenon D.R.E.A.M.G.I.R.L.S.