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Rise Up 2023: Evening Concert

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Rise Up 2023: Evening Concert

A night to celebrate and champion an array of Black and People of Colour talent from across Scotland, who are changing the narrative within the country’s music scene.


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When four different Scottish backgrounds collided, 4TUNE came to life. A new, young, and fresh pop/R&B girl group formed of four completely different girls who are all chasing the same dream. The group wish to be Scotland’s first successful and next generation band whilst making a change in the music industry for young girls. Hope, Tia, Tamara, and Calla wish to make this change with their upbeat yet relatable pop/ R&B sound, partnered with their unique identities. 4TUNE have a lot planned for 2023 and they can’t wait to show you what they’ve been working on!

Rue Cooper

Rue Cooper is a singer and songwriter from Nassau, Bahamas. Now based in Edinburgh, Rue’s love for music was apparent from age 2 when she frequently communicated with her parents through song. Fortified by childhood piano and saxophone lessons, Rue’s musicality led her to musical theatre and orchestra in grade school and to begin songwriting as a young teenager. Classic gospel chord influences are evident in Rue’s style as an emerging vocalist bringing a reimagined, modern take on Funk, Soul, and Disco to Edinburgh and beyond. Rue’s musical influences include Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Adele, as she believes singing’s true beauty lies in its ability to express intimate and authentic messages. Currently, Rue is the vocalist and songwriter for Groove Down, an Edinburgh-based disco-soul band whose original music proves that funk lives on, and we’re all part of its beautiful legacy.

Djana Gabrielle

A 2019 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Stage Winner, and one of the “most note-worthy performances” at the 2019 Kintyre Songwriters’ Festival, Djana Gabrielle is a French-Cameroonian singer-songwriter who has been honing her craft on the Scottish music scene for a few years now. She released her debut EP, recorded in Glasgow, in late 2015 and toured around the UK and Europe to promote it. In 2018, she took on the challenge to write, record and release a brand-new song each month, which earned her a “New & Notable” feature on the American music platform Noisetrade. She is now working on various theatre projects as well as her next release, hoping to introduce her soulful, soothing, and melodious sound to new audiences in Scotland and beyond.

DJ SET – Pooyan Saadati

Pooyan is an Iranian DJ/Producer based in Aberdeen. In 2011 he gravitated towards a diverse array of musical styles , as demonstrated by his music collection. As he used to play video games , got enthusiast to games sound track hence between 2011-2013 he was interested in contemporary Classical , electronica and ambient by Jesper Kyd , sumptuous piano-led electronic music by Yoko Shimomura. His lifestyle created the perfect landscape to push through his musical boundaries refers to his collection 2013-2016 which involves progressive rock , alternative rock by Anathema , deep house by Nicolas Jaar and progressive house by Above & Beyond. Although the Tehran underground party was not ineffective, since Pooyan discovered his music style he proceeded to learn DJ and Production tutorials. Currently he works Professionally on Techno and Progressive house .

About Rise Up

Rise Up

A weekend of performances, talks, workshops and community spaces celebrating Black and People of Colour Creatives in Aberdeen and Scotland. Curated by We Are Here Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts.

See the whole programme here.