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Pollen Presents & Aluna Announce New Orleans Experience Featuring an All-Black Lineup of Dance & Electronic Artists

by Arad Javaheri
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Renowned British artist Aluna has announced a new experience in partnership with leading technology company Pollen Presents. Taking place May 27-30, 2022 in New Orleans, Aluna’s Noir Fever will bring together a diverse group of artists to celebrate the Black and LGTBQ+ origins of dance music in a city renowned for Black and brown musical excellence.

Throughout the experience, guests will get the chance to take part in late-night warehouse parties and raves, a speaker series with keynote talks, workshops, a marketplace for innovative Black-owned brands, and much more to be announced.

The all-Black lineup showcases multiple generations of boundary-pushing artists who continue to pioneer the genre, while also shining a light on LGTBQ+ performers as well. Aluna will be joined by Haitian-Canadian artist KAYTRANADA, Compton vocalist and producer Channel Tres, Canadian-born house act and Ninja Tune icon Jayda G, rapidly emerging London talent TSHA, Chicago house music legend Derrick Carter, and Detroit techno hero Kevin Saunderson.

Additional artists on the lineup include South Los Angeles rapper and songwriter Duckwrth, the acclaimed Harlem beatmaker Austin Millz, Chicago producer and vocalist known for high-profile collaborations in the hip-hop and dance world NEZ, self-proclaimed Jersey club queen UNIIQU3, one of dance music’s favorite vocalists Kaleena Zanders, East Coast singer, songwriter, DJ, and model MAAD, Toronto DJ and producer Bambiithe Jamaican-born New York-based artist Tygapaw, and more to be added ahead of the experience.

For Aluna, this experience is a chance to educate people on the culture and music she loves. Originally getting her start as one half of the beloved duo AlunaGeorge, she has now gained attention as a solo artist while releasing her debut album Renaissance on Diplo’s Mad Decent and more recently a batch of catchy collaborations with Austin Millz and Tekno. She is also the host of her own radio show on SiriusXM called Noir Fever, a stronghold for her curatorial excellence and a platform for both rising and established artists.

This announcement follows Aluna making headlines after releasing an open letter to the dance music industry after calling out the lack of Black representation, while also recently highlighting the fact that no Black woman has ever been nominated for best dance/electronic album at the Grammys. “When I started looking at all the challenges I face being a Black woman making dance music, I realized I wanted to do more than just create a space for myself – I want all Black people to know that the genre of Dance is their heritage and they should feel included and encouraged to create under that banner by expanding the genre to be culturally and racially inclusive,” Aluna shared in her letter.

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