Category Archives: Club Clandestino


You might have noticed Lina Högström’s name appearing here and there: she sings several songs on the album Däggdjur with the artist Säkert!, performed with bands like Boys, Holy, and Chicagojazzen, collaborated with Mattias Alkberg and Norrlandsoperan, and played the violin in the folk band Djuriskt. But before all that she was a drummer, growing up in the punk and hardcore scene of Umeå. Traces of that uncompromising attitude can be found in the music she makes under the name Skator, even though it offers a very different soundscape: creating playfully free song structures, she bends notes into simple riffs on her acoustic guitar. Her singing could meanwhile be described as being rooted in jazz with a portion of folk music vibes. Her lyrics echo feelings of homesickness and exclusion, with a kind of tough love for her home region of Västerbotten in northern Sweden.

Support: DJ Jens Lekman

Tickets 11 May. With a festival pass there’s a 50% discount (use code ekwiri).

Skator – Bandcamp

Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla

Running parallel with the now world-famous desert blues popularized by stars like Tinariwen, Tartit, and Ali Farka Touré, a more high-octane kind of party music has emerged from the southern regions of the Sahara Desert called WZN. It was initially played exclusively at wedding parties, but today it can be found distributed through a lively trade in cassettes and CDRs. Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla is one of Mauritania’s biggest stars in WZN. His dynamic improvisations are based on traditions from the region, but he has created his own style, playing what feels like endless solos on microtonal synthesizers. Backed by rattling rhythms, Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla’s fingers fly over the keyboard—at least when he’s not hitting the keys with his face or elbows.

Support: DJ Jens Lekman

Tickets 11 May. With a festival pass there’s a 50% discount (use code ekwiri).

Msafiri Zawose

Today he is one of the most distinguished practicioners of Tanzania’s traditional gogo music, but his career as a professional musician began long ago—Msafiri Zawose began touring across large parts of the country already as a twelve year-old. His father Hukwe Zawose was a giant in Tanzanian music, collaborating with the likes of Peter Gabriel. It was he who taught Msafiri to play, but also to build the instruments crucial to gogo music. For example, the string instrument zeze and the thumb piano ilimba, which, along with polyphonic singing, are typical elements of the gogo sound. The music and dance are hugely important parts of everyday life in Msafiri’s hometown Bagamoyo, and he works passionately to keep them alive for future generations. Expressing his roots and emotions is what matters most to him, but he also allows his music to combine with modern styles, including an organic-electronic hybrid gogo album called Uhamiaji, released on British Soundway.

Support: ÇAYKH

Tickets 6 april. With a festival pass there’s a 50% discount (use code ekwiri).