The conference will officially open with some words from one of our sponsors Caroline Le Bongoat from MalmÃ¶ Stad, and Local music artist EffayÃ©.
Nalija was born and raised in MalmÃ¶, southern Sweden but found her home in the sound of American Soul/R&B by the young age of six. By the release of â€˜Cooleyhighharmonyâ€™ in 1991, Boyz II Men became the lighthouse for her musical curiosity, leading the way to the sounds of Babyface, Brian McKnight, Brandy and Lauryn Hill to name a few.
By the age of 13, Nalija was introduced to salsa and fell in love with dancing and every nuance of the culture. The rhythm of Latin music resonated the same way Soul/R&B did â€“ it made her feel at home. By the age of 17 she took her rhythmic exploration one step further by traveling to West Africa to study the traditional dance of Jola and Mandinka in Gambia.
Driven by the constant desire for artistic growth, Nalija moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to study at Musicians Institute, followed by Music Business Studies at UCLA. During her time in Los Angeles, her creative vision never changed but sharpened. By the time she returned to Sweden she was ready to put pen to paper.
Inspired by the instrumental communication of Latin and African music, the melancholy of jazz, the storytelling of hip hop, the vulnerability of soul and the sensuality of R&B, Nalija has found herself in the heart of this musical puzzle that reflects her journey as a woman and artist â€“ a musical space where poetry meets contemporary drum sounds, trumpets are worshipped, and sensuality celebrated.
â€˜Free With Meâ€™ is the debut-single off her upcoming EP and the start of a musical journey and project that has been lived and written over a lifetime of experiences.
Albin Johansson is a musician and producer based in MalmÃ¶. His music is a mix of electro, krautrock, and minimalism, made by using analog synthesizers and drum machines. Since 2013, he has had several releases on different labels and played over 100 shows in various places such as MalmÃ¶, Berlin, Vienna, and New York. In 2020 he released the album Passage that reviewed with 4/5 in DN.
Albin also creates electronic music in collaboration with Mika Forsling. Under his alias PAL he has released two albums and is known for his remix of the Alice Boman song “Waiting”. Albin is also a skilled keyboard-player and multi-instrumentalist, and has worked with many artists, such as Solander and Big Fox