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Discover the new Niveau4 team at Couleur Café 2018

Brussels’ Couleur Café is known as a festival that doesn’t follow the conventions of your usual music festival. It started out as a small event and has now grown to one of Belgium’s biggest festivals.

Couleur Café has always held on to its unique identity and gives opportunities to upcoming artists. The line-up is filled with some well-known names in the Belgian hip hop scene, but there's also tons of new talent to discover.

Photos via Couleur Café

The festival has been giving some extra attention to Belgian hip-hop in the last few years. In 2016 Couleur Café founded Niveau4: a unique show featuring the most promising rappers from Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. Upcoming young performers get the chance to go all out on stage for a big crowd.

Through Niveau4, the big audience got to know artists who are now at the top of Belgian hip hop charts. We're thinking of Coely, Roméo Elvis, Stikstof, ... This year, the festival presents the third edition of Niveau4 with six Belhop acts.

The line-up of this year’s Niveau4 is very diverse. You’ll see male and female artists from different backgrounds with their own particular styles. There’s something to fit everyone’s taste.

Blu Samu
This Antwerp-based rapper with Portugese roots was a surprise guest at last year’s Niveau4 set-up. She was the only female voice in the hip-hop project, but left a very charismatic impression on the Couleur Café audience.

She performed along Zwangere Guy, who introduced her to his Brussels hip-hop brigade and her housemates Le 77.

Following the performance at Couleur Café, Blu Samu released the single ‘I Run’ in September 2017. This year she’ll be shining on stage once again. Prepare for a serious dose of girl power!

The hip-hop collective Soul’Art composed by M13, Jazzy Bench, Zed, Sparrow en Martha stands for hip-hop, soul and realness. This band of talented artists wants to cross international borders by singing and rapping in English, French and Dutch.

You might know Soul’Art from the film ‘Black’ by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Martha played one of the leading roles and the group provided two tracks for the film. In 2015 they won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at the Flemish Rap Awards.

Their tracks ‘I Got You’ and ‘Django’ (produced by Cozone) got hundreds of streams on Spotify. In May, they released their debut EP ‘Granny’s Res’ at Top Notch records.

Moka Boka
Moka Boka is a 23-year old Brussels rapper who has been in the alternative rap scene for quite some time. He already released 2 LP's ‘Ô Mon Âme’ and ‘Negus’ and 2 EP’s ‘SuperNova’ and ‘Pas de pluie pas de Fleurs’.

The young talent is one of those people who seems to be born for writing songs. His lyrics always carry a message he wants to share.

Moka Boka recently released the track ‘Sourire’. The music video for this track is directed by Elizabeth Ouni (A Polaroid Story) and got 35k views on YouTube after just 3 weeks online.

Being just 20 years old, Jay MNG is the youngest member of this year’s Niveau4 team. With his track ‘Op de Maan’ he made his way to the finals of the ‘Nieuwe Lichting’ contest. He also did some freestyle sessions on Frontal radio (Bruzz), Lowkey (Xlair) and was a guest in our very own Chase Verses.

Nixon is an artist you might not know yet, but he’s already made a name for himself in the Franco-Belgian hip hop world. Nixon is a Brussels rapper and will be delivering hard verses in French.

He already knows the people from Soul’Art as they’re also signed on the Dutch music label Top Notch records. We’re looking forward to see these artists performing together!

The beats and poetic lyrics by Brihang are already known in the Northern part of Belgium. This summer he’ll be representing the West-Flanders in Brussels.

Brihang is an artist who cannot be put in a box. He makes Flemish hip-hop mixed with poetry and raps over unexpected rhythms. He’s an artist who keep pushing the borders of the hip-hop music genre. This makes Brihang's sound a bit different from his colleagues performing at Niveau4. We’re curious about the outcome of this collaboration!

Just like last year, the beats will be provided by Dj Vega (Stikstof) en Junior Goodfellaz (L'Or Du Commun). Take in the vibe from last year's Niveau 4 performance in the aftermovie above and get yourself ready for Couleur Café 2018!

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