Rapper Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, will share the big stage at this year’s Secret Solstice Festival 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland that will take place from 16-18th June, 2017.
“I am very excited to be part of the festival and share the stage with well-known international artists. I have performed on the international stage on a number of occasions but this is very special considering that it is a different audience,” Tay Grin said.
He said one of his fans in Iceland recommended his name to the organisers because of his intensive work both in Malawi and other countries.
“I am also contemplating having an event in Iceland so that I can raise awareness on the challenges Malawian girls face. I will do this in my capacity as UN (United Nations] ‘He for She champion,” Tay Grin said.
Tay Grin, who will perform at the festival on June 17 2017, is the first Malawian to perform at the festival, which is in its fourth year.
Secret Solstice is a hip-hop oriented festival which is perfect for the rapper’s portfolio.
“It is an excellent opportunity to introduce hip-hop with an African taste to the West,” Tay Grin said.
Other artists expected to perform at the festival are America hip-hop artist Rick Ross, Foo Fighters (US), The Prodigy (UK), Big Sean (US), Chaka Khan (US), Richard Ashcroft (UK), Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals (US), Young M.A (US), Rhye (US), Seth Troxler (US), Unknown Mortal Ochestra (UK), Kerri Chandler (US), Dubfire (US), Pharoahe Monch (US) Ata Kak (Ghana) and a host of international DJs from England and Iceland.
The festival will also showcase Iceland’s own incredible talent which next year will be represented by the likes of Högni, Úlfur Úlfur, Amabadama, Emmsjé Gauti, GKR, Tiny, Aron Can, KSF, and Alivia Islandia.
Tay Grin has won a number of awards which include Channel O’s Best Collabo or Duo 2009 with the video ‘My Type of Guy’ which features Buffalo Souljah, Gal Level and DJ Waxxy; Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts (BEFFTA) award for Best International African Act (2014); BEFFTA Star Award in the music category (2016).
Others are Malawian urban artist and best video (2016); WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards Best Traditional Video award with Chipapapa which features Nigeria’s 2baba (2016).
Tay Grin has collaborated with Sway (UK), Brick & Lace (Jamaica), Naeto C (Nigeria), Ice Prince (Nigeria), 2face (Nigeria),Wahu (Kenya), Nameless (Kenya), Double HP (South Africa), Lira (South Africa), Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), Gal Level (Namibia), Scar (Botswana), Petersen (Zambia), Kmillian (Zambia), Vee (Botswana), Stagga (Botswana), Hamoba(Zambia), Slap Dee (Zambia), DA Les and Ishmael (South Africa) and Orezi (Nigeria).
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