Okay Kaya, Dua Saleh, Arooj Aftab… 5 female artists to follow at the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2022

The most ground-breaking festival of the autumn returns to its quarters in the capital, from November 14 to 21.

Eight days, 70 artists, twelve venues, concerts of course, but also culinary itineraries and bike rides, wine tasting, a “conscious market” at the Consulate… The program of the Pitchfork Music festival FestivalParis 2022, from November 14 to 21, is full of discoveries, groups whose passage is rare in France and exceptional performances. Our selection of five female artists to absolutely follow.

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Okay Kaya

This Norwegian-American started a modeling career, which she continues today, and appeared in the cinema in the film Thelmaby Joachim trier, in 2017. But it is via the music that she relentlessly explores her flaws, digs and heals her wounds in a folk that is at once delicate, wobbly and refined. Note on his new album, SAP : an “inverted” version of Jolene, the legendary hit by Dolly Parton, who begged her rival not to take her man away from her. In Jolene from her own perspective, in duet with the New Yorker Zannie, it is “the other woman”, via Okay Kaya, who takes the floor. And above all offers him that they leave the bastard together. To listen to on Sunday November 20, at the Boule Noire.



Four girls, two boys, universes ranging from the warm Rn’b of the nineties to the rap or jazz: this young New York collective brings a breath of light to pop. Launched by a radiant first single, Sunrise, MICHELLE (who sticks to her capital letters) has already released two albums, including the beautiful After Diner We Talk Dreams, This year. On November 14 after dinner, it is at the Café de la Danse that we will listen to them.

Gretel Hanlyn

Gretel Hanlyn Hurry

First of all, it’s his voice that we can’t remain indifferent to: serious and almost masculine, as if coming from another time. Nourished by the dark moods of Nick Cave, Tim Buckley or Nirvana, it is indeed the crumbling rock of the nineties that she summons in her songs, energized by the energy of her 20s. His first album, Slugeyewas released in 2022. Nostalgic for grunge, meet at Les Disquaires on November 19.

Arooj Aftab

Arooj Aftab Blythe Thomas

She was one of the first artists to broadcast her music in Pakistan, her native country, when she was only 20 years old. After settling in the United States, Arooj Aftab mixed Urdu poetry with jazz and electronic music. His last album, Vulture Prince, released in 2021, earned him two Grammy nominations. The Sainte-Eustache church, which welcomes him on November 21, is a perfect setting for his concerts imbued with spirituality and transcendence.

Dua Saleh

Dua Saleh Grant Spanier

You may have seen it in season 3 of Sex Education , where she played Cal Bowman, a non-binary student, campaigner for the wearing of a gender-neutral uniform in English high school. But the 27-year-old Sudanese-American artist is also a musician and poet, author of three EPs, the latest of which, Crossover, was released in 2021. Alternately flowing or scathing, its flow interferes between sinuous groove beats or those of a techno blurred by the smoke bombs of a mysterious club. To discover at the Café de la danse, on November 19th.

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2022from November 14 to 21

Okay Kaya, Dua Saleh, Arooj Aftab… 5 female artists to follow at the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2022