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30.08.2021

Wien Oida

Just don’t pretend to be tired. The Donauinselfest Bus is starting its final round, and filling the city with the sound of free live concerts. An ideal way of spending the last few mild summer evenings dancing and celebrating.

Here we’re presenting four acts that you certainly shouldn’t miss: their hits, their style and what you should expect when they appear.

Gazal
Photo: Gazal

Gazal

4th September, Hip Hop Special, 19:00 Donauinsel, Reichsbrücke

This is the artist:

Gazal is a Vienna rapper, who was born in Iran and grew up in Linz. She made her musical debut in 2020 and immediately caused quite a stir. For Gazal not only convinces her audiences with smooth tracks, but also has a political and a feminist message. As a queer woman with a migration background she celebrates diversity. She stands for hip hop without sexism and macho posturing.

This is her style:

Gazal sings songs that give you a lust for life. And also provide food for thought. She sounds international but is firmly anchored in Vienna. One of her best-known songs is “Wien Oida” (Hi Vienna).

You’re guaranteed to sing along to this hit:

Gazal is currently working hard on her new album, which will appear in autumn. In March, she published the song “irgendwann” (sometime), which has real hit potential. The song is about female solidarity, about forming bands together and not letting the system grind you down. You can already start practicing the chorus: “Alle meine Ladies schreien im Chor / Schaut uns an, wir steigen empor / Empowerment bringt das hervor, bringt das hervor” (All my ladies shout as one / Look at us, we’re rising up / This is what empowerment does).

Svaba Ortak
Photo: Alex Kardos

Svaba Ortak

4th September, Hip Hop Special, 20:00, Donauinsel, Reichsbrücke

This is the singer:

He’s a mate of the rap superstar RAF Camora, who also makes a guest appearance on his 2019 debut album “Eva & Adam”. Svaba has been a fixture of the Austrian hip hop scene since 2011.

This is his style:

Svaba Ortak is the son of a Bosnian Croat and a Serb from Montenegro. His neighbourhood is the 3rd District, where he knows every corner and what the people on the street and in the parks are talking about. He tells us about all these things, but much of his own story also flows into his very personal songs, in which he mixes German and Serbian.

This is what you should know:

“Atlas oder nada” is the name of the new album. In the song “Himmel” (Heaven), he reflects once more about his life in Vienna: “Ich bleib immer noch hier / So lange mich meine Söhne begeleiten / Geh diesen Weg bis meine Stimmbänder reißen / Wir sind Wiener schon als Kinder gezeichnet / Kopf durch die Wand bis wir den Himmel erreichen” (I’m staying here / As long as my sons stay with me / Taking this path till my vocal chords tear / We’ve been labelled Viennese since we were kids / Doing our own thing till we get to heaven.)

Felix Kramer
Photo: Simone Körner

Felix Kramer

9th September, 18:00, Karlsplatz, 19:30, Karmelitermarkt

This is the singer:

Felix Kramer actually started with classical music, as you can still hear in his finely sculpted compositions and polished arrangements, which drift between Wienerlieder, fragile pop and French chanson. The artist, whose texts are as poetic as they are political, was born Felix Pöchhacker.

This is his style:

The 27-year-old songwriter from Vienna actually wanted to be a professional basketball player but chose to study classical concert guitar after fracturing his forearm. His musical role models are Ludwig Hirsch, Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan.

This song evokes a buoyant sadness: “Wahrnehmungssache” (Questions of perception) is the name of his debut album from 2018 and, while the song of the same name appears cheerful, its content is actually deceptively sad: “Die Leut san entweder unzufrieden oder depressiv / also irgendwas lauft da grad gewaltig schief” (The people are either dissatisfied ordepressive / so something’s going very wrong right now). Kramer plays songs to laugh, cry and dance to. All at the same time.

DelaDap
Photo: DelaDap

DelaDap

16th September, 16:00, Am Hof

This is the band:

DelaDap means: Give me the beat. The band spices up classic swing so that it sounds contemporary. A fascinating fusion of Roma music with jazz and electro beat. All their extremely energetic songs go straight to the legs and are highly danceable.

This is their style:

DelaDap is a cross-border project. The Prague-born producer Stani Vana first developed the idea of a band that brought together musicians from the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Russia back in 2002.

You’ll swing along with this song:

“Crazy Swing” is their biggest hit: The Dadaist song basically says that one should dance, even if one has absolutely no dancing ability: “He got no rhythm, he’s dancing’ for me / I think he’s crazy, he makes me happy”.