Talk: New Generation of Moluccan artists
Presentator: Evita de Roode
The avant-garde fashion designs of the Rotterdam Mirjam Manusama leave plenty of room for ambiguity: her clothing is not tied to a specific gender or season. Get rid of restrictive standards, make way for self-expression, innovation and sustainability!
Manusama studied Fashion Design at the HKU and then started designing costumes for dancers and the theater. Since 2015 she has been designing for the Rotterdam dance collective Amenti van Gil the Grid. She takes that experience with her in her own fashion label Manusama Nuance: her eye for movement, draping and androgynous fits can be seen in every design. This was also noticed on the other side of the ocean because her first collection was selected for New York Fashion Week.
Safa Liron is a 24-year-old all-round artist. Singer, songwriter, producer and musician. She has been surrounded by music from a young age; her father plays bass guitar, mother sings and her sister plays drums. Safa taught herself to play drums, guitar and piano. She is inspired by the different music genres she grew up with, from rock and metal to soul and R&B, and by the singers Erykah Badu, Sade and Amy Winehouse.
Safa now has her own studio in the heart of Rotterdam, where she writes, composes, produces and records her songs. Not only for themselves, but also for other artists. The musical all-rounder aims to be remembered as the female version of Quincy Jones or Pharrell Williams.
With debut single ‘Pipinalo Mae’, the duo RUA raked in more than 150,000 streams within a few months. The cousins sing in Moluccan-Malay and in the native language of the Moluccas, and immediately managed to attract the attention of the Moluccan community in the Netherlands. But even if you don’t understand the lyrics, the infectious R&B of the two will haunt you for hours.
Location: MOMO Playground, Schouwbergplein
Time: 15:00 – 15:30