The 2015 lineup will be announced on Wednesday, April 22
JUST ANNOUNCED! – Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)
His expressive voice evokes the emotions of pure Soul; his music is drawn from an eclectic mix of influences that range from Tracy Chapman to Oliver Mtukudzi. His sound has a rhythmically grass-roots vibe, fusing elements of traditional Xhosa music, Mbaqanga, Soul, Hip-hop and Dub. He is a storyteller who sings in both Xhosa and English, his heartfelt lyrics an honest portrait of what he sees in the world around him.
Bongeziwe Mabandla is a young singer-songwriter from Tsolo, a rural town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. His debut album, Umlilo, was released in 2012, 2013 saw him gain critical acclaim and two South African Music Award nominations, and 2014 saw him continent-hopping to perform at events in Europe, Japan, North America, and Australia.
He's developed his own unique, unplugged, Afro-folk style and is considered one of the hottest new acts in South Africa today. Now coupled with a rising profile on the international scene, it's time he added Vancouver to his lists of musical conquests. We can't wait!
Watch the video of Gunuza, the title cut from Bongeziwe's 2012 debut release Umlilo HERE
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED – Lindi Ortega (Ontario)
With a singular look (sporting her trademark red lipstick and red boots), and a distinctive voice that's been described as a blend of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Emmylou Harris - Lindi Ortega plays "a firebrand style of decidedly non-mainstream, outlaw country" (exclaim! Magazine) that is catching the ears of critics and audiences alike.
Rolling Stone writer Marissa Moss says of Lindi, "The Great White North has a lot of southern soul, and this retro-styled spitfire is one of Canada's biggest claims to the nouveau-twang throne. A two-time nominee for the Polaris prize (including a nod for her 2013 Dave Cobb-produced record, Tin Star), Ortega's style is a pinup saloon-door-swingin' take on classic country, shifting through tales of relationship doom and emotional turmoil with moody grooves that pivot out of her wink-and-a-smile delivery, full of every kind of tear imaginable."
Lindi Ortega is making a name for herself on some of music's biggest stages - a bona fide rising star in the music world you will definitely want to meet at VFMF 2015.
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED – Rising Appalachia (North Carolina)
From their stomping grounds in Appalachia & New Orleans come Leah and Chloe Smith, lead members of Rising Appalachia.
Raised in the American South with Appalachian lullabies at night and soul music for breakfast, the sisters draw inspiration from both their global and local community. They play their own natural interpretation of Appalachian music, bringing together folk, soul, hip hop, classical, spoken word, southern gospel and other styles gleaned from traveling the world.
And to the power of their pure harmonies they add the potent force of inspired social and musical activism - spreading the message of the need for urgent change: to help the environment, to change the mal-distribution of wealth, and to simply make the world better.
We think the Smith sisters' Rising Appalachia will ignite the stage, hearts & minds at VFMF 2015.
Click HERE to watch them perform Occupy
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED – Beans on Toast
Are you hungry for some witty, edgy, outspoken yet humour-filled folk music? May we suggest some Beans on Toast!
Beans on Toast, aka Jay McAllister, is an Essex-based singer-songwriter and a modern day one-man band who makes his VFMF debut at this year's festival. Beans sings of both the mundane and the vitally important, of outrage and love, of struggle and satisfaction, sometimes dripping with sarcasm, often with his tongue firmly in his cheek. He rails against commercialisation and factory chickens, is not shy with the liberal employment of the f-word, tells a good tale, and shares his no-holds-barred social commentary in an honest and self-deprecating way.
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Recapture the spirit of VFMF 2014!
Check out the amazing video below, featuring some great footage from this year's festival.
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