24.6.23, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
For this edition of TUNE, Haus der Kunst presents keiyaA and Dawuna,
two artists at the forefront of New York R&B and whose work creates
worlds of touching intimacy and introspection.
keiyaA is a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist.
Raised in Chicago's south side, she synthesises her jazz training on the
alto saxophone, with R&B and hip-hop influences, and her powerful
voice and dense lyricism about life as a Black woman. keiyaA learned to
produce, and released her first EP Work in 2015 and later her debut LP, Forever, Ya Girl (2020). Her
compositions and performances bring together different instrumentation,
often with intermittent vocal samples from sources such as the poet
Jayne Cortez, and Paul Mooney from the 2003 Chappelle's Show skit, "Ask a Black Dude". She sings about loving deeply, intergenerational pain, and empowerment.
Ian Mugerwa Byenkya, known as Dawuna, is a songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist. Raised in Kenya and Virginia, he trained in cello
before experimenting with electronics, and after moving to New York
recorded his first album Glass Lit Dream (2021) in his
dimly-lit basement apartment, often under the moonlight. Blending
R&B and neo-soul, with electronic, industrial sounds, his lyrics
drift in and out, exploring ideas around desire, ego, pride and male
fragility. In some tracks he interweaves samples of recordings of the
Black Panthers. He cites empowering gospel music, from Aretha Franklin
to Reverend James Cleveland, as a strong influence, as well as the words
and teachings of Indian Hindu mystic, Sri Ramakrishna.
On the first evening at Haus der Kunst, keiyaA will present a live
solo performance and Dawuna will perform with musicians Brian Davenport and Noella
Mugerwa Byenkya. On the second evening, Dawuna will give a more
intimate solo performance and keiyaA presents a live solo
There will be an artist talk with keiyaA, Dawuna and curator Sarah Miles on Saturday 24.6.23 at 6 pm. Participation is free of charge.
This event is part of a collaboration with Bourse de Commerce. In 2023, from Paris to Munich, the Bourse de Commerce and Haus der Kunst unveil joint musical projects, confronting different generations of artistic avant-garde, and forging links between contemporary art and music.