DKOS Artists 3rd Feb 2024 :- Asta Diankha (cancelled) – Eve Davidson. – Mila Ziska. – Capstan Quartet. – Cosys Ex collective
Asta Diankha – Le Beausset
Cancelled due to funding failure
Asta Diankha is an artist, songwriter and performer from the South of France who has a deep affection with the United States and its culture since her early years. This attachment stems from her yearly visits to her American grandmother. At the age of 16, she moved to Long Beach (NY) to attend LB High School. Then, she returned to France to pursue studies in cinema and theater.
It was in Marseille that she allowed her creativity to flourish, composing and writing her very first album, “TIME TO SHINE”. This debut piece is the result of her love for both Africa and the United States, gracefully blending elements of pop, soul, and world music. Her journey took her along the roads of Africa, notably participating in the Jazz Festival of Saint Louis in Senegal alongside Ablaye Sissoko and the Jazz band JAM.
Asta also performs in Gambia and Mauritania, but it’s in Senegal that she captivates the audience with her first single “Baye Niass”. Her track remains on playlists for several months on national radios, including Nostalgie and Walfadjri.
Band members :
Keyboard : Sébastien Jacquot ; Guitar : Sélim Rharbaje; Bass : Antoine Borgniet; Drum : Aurélien Régis-Recous; Backup singer: Lio Martinez; Backup singer : Cécile de Méritens
Manager: SAB SY; Stage manager: Bruno Lamétrie:Video shoot : Othmane Rahal
Eve Davidson is a singer-songwriter from Fife who has been refining her abilities in songwriting since 2018, releasing her first single ‘Strangers’ in 2020. This release was followed by the singles ‘Locked Away’ and ‘Lies’ and finally releasing her debut EP ‘Ghosts’ in 2022. Since this release, Eve has had the opportunity to play her songs in venues such as King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, the OVO Hydro with Country 2 Country festival, The Hug and Pint, and the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine with FreckFest, and has supported acts such as The Eves, James Grant, Talisk and Kirsten Adamson. Alongside her releases, Eve is studying her Masters degree in Songwriting at UWS after graduating in 2023 with her BA (Hons) in Commercial Music. February 2024 sees the release of the single, ‘Imposter’.
Mila Ziska – Berlin
Having grown up in a family of traditional folk musicians and dancers, Mila Ziska draws i nspiration from her musical roots as well as from Mother Nature herself, and the fragile beauty of the world around us. The result is best described as candid Folk-Pop, enchanting audiences with delicate melodies, poetic lyrical touches, and colorful pop hooks.
Mila studied Songwriting at the acclaimed British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Berlin, and she has since been able to attract a dedicated fanbase, both on and offline.
Mila has performed at gigs and festivals across the UK, Scandinavia, and Germany, most notably at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival in Finland, the Open Art Lausitz Festival in Germany, the popular nHow Music Hotel and the Fête de la Musique in Berlin, and at The Fiddler in London. During the pandemic, Mila also grew a significant social media following.
Mila already has a number of musical releases under her belt, including her debut EP ‘Woodlands’,
which was released in August of 2022 and is currently sitting at well over 250,000 streams
on Spotify alone.
The Capstan Quartet brings together Glasgow based folk musicians Ross Hull, Miguel Girão, Rose Logan and Luc McNally. Formed by Ross and Miguel in the later parts of 2023, they bring traditional tunes and Ross’ self composed material to life with the use of fiddles, guitar and Bouzouki.
The name was inspired by a nice coincidence: one of the crucial components of reel to reel recording devices (implemented by the likes of Hamish Henderson and Alan Lomax) the capstan, is also a vital element in boats, such as the famous Hector, which played a role in the emigration of numerous Scots to Canada in the late 18th Century. This emigration, in turn, brought their rich culture along with them. It’s nice to think that Capstan is a component of two distinct objects that have both contributed significantly to the evolution and preservation of Scottish traditional music.
With a deep understanding of folk and traditional music formed from years of experience of working within the Scottish music scene, The Capstan Quartet uses this solid foundation as a platform to extract and showcase the beauty inherent in Scotlands often deceptively simple traditional melodies. With a keen eye for sourcing tunes from archival resources, expect rare traditional melodies intertwined with fresh self composed material.
Cosys Ex Collective
Led by producer and singer Rob Griffiths, Cosys Ex are a collective of musicians and producers in the UK from traditional folk and jazz backgrounds. This versatile ensemble merges the roots of traditional melodies and the Gaelic language with innovative electronic elements. Fused with original English songs, taking listeners on an auditory journey unlike any other, through Celtic harp laden soundscapes and earth moving frequencies from high energy rhythm sections.Cosys Ex collective have created a buzz around their live performances in 2023, featuring a rich pool of seasoned musicians including Kaitlin Ross (Guitar and Vocals), Callum Younger (Bodhran & Percussion), Ada Francis (Clarsach & Vocals), Nicky Kirk (Electric Guitar), Anna Hughes (Fiddle and Vocals), Adam Sams (Bass Clarinet) & Abigail Brierley (Trumpet). Frequently seen performing as a trio, these musicians are all re-mixed and re-worked into each live set Rob performs using samplers and synthesizers to augment the live instrumentation and vocals.