Estere arrives at Sherwood this year, as one aspect of the Festival of Colour, which has been enhanced with a massive presence in Queenstown.
“The voice alone earns her a place in any year-end list, but her production finesse and ability to weave world-music beats with found sounds and beautiful lyrics, make her a Kiwi who’s clearly going places.” - James Belfield, The Listener
She has opened for the likes of Grace Jones, John Cale and Erykah Badu.
Her Electric Blue Witch-Hop electronic music has thick bass atop weighty drums, then contrasted with acoustic textures. The coy hiss of Vietnamese bamboo, the angry crash of a cutlery drawer and the clicking tongue of a possum are all examples of the strange sounds Estère has sampled and surreptitiously slipped into her music.
Her lyrics explore a variety of philosophical narratives about displaced refugees, kids obsessed with technology, controlling urges, rent, prostitutes becoming presidents and much more.
Armed with her MPC Lola, as well as a a brigade of other machine personalities, Estère has played headline and festival shows in Africa, Europe, Scandinavia, UK, South Korea, Australia and NZ.
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