North Carolina has become a melting pot of creatives in all industries from technology, fashion, and especially music. Earlier this year, the small town of Durham hosted notable events like Moogfest and the Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST), both of which are music festivals that provide locals and hundreds of people who travel down South for the chance to witness some of the biggest names in music and even local acts or musicians who are trying to break into the industry.
This week in Raleigh, North Carolina, the 2016 Hopscotch Music Festival will be held on September 8-10. The 3-day festival has a must-see lineup that includes Erykah Badu, Young Thug, Anderson .PAAK & The Free Nationals, Vince Staples, and Big Freedia. Naturally, people will notice more mainstream names as the ones listed above. However, it is never a good idea to sleep on underground and up-and-coming artists like JUNGLEPUSSY, ZenSoFly, Dai Burger, and Kelela. They, too, will be performing amongst the acts listed and rightfully so. Purchase tickets to check these ladies out here.
Vulgarity and hypersexuality are usually seen as bad terms that turn people off, but these words, among many others, describe Shayna McHayle in every positive sense of the words. A woman with such an eye-catching stage name like JUNGLEPUSSY has to be very self aware and straightforward, and while listening to the alluring, extremely quotable discography, it is easy to tell that she is exactly that.
As a fellow North Carolina native, it is actually upsetting that no one put me on to ZenSoFly earlier. The budding music scene in North Carolina is mostly male dominated, so it is extremely refreshing to come across a dope, female artist. Earlier this week, she released her EP titled Little Miss Perfect. The 6-track project will definitely leave you yearning to hear more!
Back when Facebook was the go-to form of social media, I remember coming across Dai Burger when she was working as a stylist for world renowned costume designer, Patricia Field. Much like the pieces curated by the iconic designer, Dai’s approach to her music is very similar – vibrant, attention-grabbing, and fearless. It is an understatement to say Dai Burger has the “it” factor, and will be huge in the near future.
Fresh off an appearance at this years AfroPunk Festival, Kelela will be crooning onlookers at Hopscotch this weekend. Sultry and soulful describe the songstress that has a catalog of songs that cover love, heartbreak, and triumph. However, don’t mistake Kelela for a typical, whiny R&B singer begging and pleading over sappy beats. Her music also consists of electrifying production that led to opening for Solange!