Plans are underway for Dutch festival Le Guess Who? including performances from Pharoah Sanders and Oumou Sangaré, and curatorial leadership from Grouper and Shabazz Palaces
This year's Le Guess Who? festival will take place between 9–12 November at various venues in the city of Utrecht, with the first list of curators and artists sets to be performed at this 11th edition being announced.
Curators for the events include Perfume Genius, who has invited Bulgarian women's choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Mount Eerie, Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood, and Pharmakon and Grouper will also be curating a stage with William Basinski, GAS, Keiji Haino and more. Also announced is Shabazz Palaces hosting Pharoah Sanders, OCnotes and Natasha Kmeto.
Also invited to help programme the event is Han Bennink. He's invited ICP Orchestra, Peter Brötzmann and will perform as the Han Bennink Trio. Plus Basilica Soundscape will host a stage with Jenny Hval, Protomartyr and a poetry reading by Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy).
Jerusalem In My Heart have also curated a stage with a focus on African-American and Middle Eastern performers. Artists included are Linda Sharrock, Moor Mother, Matana Roberts, filmmaker and songwriter Alanis Obomsawin performing her 1988 album Bush Lady for the first time, Farida & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble, and the Lebanese artist Abdel Karim Shaar who will present a traditional Tarab repertoire for his 2nd show outside of Lebanon.
This year will also feature The Black Power Tarot by King Khan and Game Of Thrones designer Michael Easton, and in collaboration with Alejandro Jodorowsky. The cards, which depict prominent African-American figures including Sun Ra, Nina Simone, Richard Pryor and Erykah Badu, will be exhibited during the festival, and King Khan will also be reading them for festival goers. A screening of Memphis Black Power Group documentary The Invaders, which inspired the Tarot cards, will also take place.
For a full list of artists announced you can visit Le Guess Who?'s website. Tickets are on sale now.