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Le Guess Who? Adds Second Wave Of Acts To 2023 Lineup
Christian Eede , June 28th, 2023 16:11

A series of special initiatives as part of this year's event will aim to showcase localised music scenes from around the world

Le Guess Who? has shared the second lineup announcement for its 2023 edition taking place this November.

A programme initiative, dubbed COSMOS, will shine a light on local scenes from around the world through film screenings, interviews, live performances and artist residencies. Among the acts performing as part of this showcase are the Ho Chi Minh City-based Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective; Ruhail Qaisar, whose work is based on his recollections of growing up in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas; The Phantasmagoria Of Jathilan, who will present the Jathilan horse dance from Java; and Kolkata-based electronic music producer Bengal Chemicals.

Another programme initiative, returning to Le Guess Who? for its fourth year, is Hidden Musics, which, the festival says, "focuses on deeply localided music and features artists embedded in rich, often centuries-old musical traditions that have been developed with little or no outside influences." The artists showcasing their work this year include Georgian all-female traditional music group Pankisi Ensemble; Sophia Nzayisenga, who plays stringed music instrument the Inanga; The Good Ones, a Rwandan group who formed in the aftermath of the country's 1994 genocide and combines members from across the Tutsi, Hutu and Abatwa tribes; and Azerbaijani psychedelic rock musician Rəhman Məmmədli.

They join the previously announced likes of Nihiloxica, African Head Charge, Bill Orcutt, Backxwash, MC Yallah and Colleen on the bill for this year's festival. Heba Kadry, Nala Sinephro, Slauson Malone 1 and Stereolab have also assembled part of the lineup as guest curators.

Le Guess Who? will take place from November 9 to 12, 2023. Find more information here.