Catalan Alba Farelo, better known as Bad Gyal, is to take part in the 2018 CTM Festival in Berlin on 3rd February. After causing a stir in the networks with her dancehall and trap music, the singer has become an international phenomenon with a huge following.
Founded in 1999, CTM is a well-known international festival dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music, and to the diversity of artistic activities in the context of sound and club culture. The goal of the festival is to present the most outstanding international productions in adventurous, experimental, electronic and audio-visual music, and to reflect on recent artistic, social and technological developments in musical culture.
Bad Gyal is the stage name of Alba Farelo, who shook up the networks last March with a version of Rihanna’s Work, produced along with Fake Guido, from Valencia, who set alarm bells ringing on YouTube with Pai. This 20-year-old phenomenon is from Vilassar de Mar, and she has an authentic passion for dancehall with some trap influences – she can spend hours on the internet investigating Jamaican dances and singers – with Catalan lyrics that encourage gender empowerment. Her charisma and messages have put her on the front pages of trending media, and despite her youth and the short while she has been performing, British DJs like Joe Key, from the prestigious group Soulection, are already playing her music, and producers like Dubbel Dutch have begun to work with her in the studio.
The Catalan singer challenges the sexist codes of dancehall and trap with powerful verses and her provocative dances
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