Bringing her post-hop (hip-hop with neo-soul, electronica and RNB influences) style live from Nick and Nora's, Nardean is set to dominate the stage with a streamed concert that will also star Mariam Sawires and Esme, as well as some cocktails by bartender Jamie Santos.
Born into an Egyptian family and raised in Sydney’s west, Nardean began her musical exploration at the age of 22. As a consequence of growing up within a culture that did not support the notion of a woman becoming a musician - let alone a genre bending, thought provoking, ass shaking contemporary hip hop artist - she was forced to overcome some serious obstacles in her journey.
After a few short years of exploring her voice, Nardean has cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with in the Australian Hip Hop scene. Traversing rap, singing and poetry, her music is an eclectic mix of heartfelt lyricism and honest self-reflection, contrasted with queen anthems and middle finger raising bangers.
Nardean has coined the term “post hop” to describe her style. She is heavily influenced by hip hop, while also drawing on elements of neo-soul, electronica, glitch and RnB. She sits in a pocket of the musical realm that is mostly uncharted, yet buzzing and burgeoning.
She released her debut record “Creatress” in 2019. This record saw her receive national airplay, numerous Spotify and Apple Music playlists, as well as being selected to showcase at BIGSOUND 2018.
Esmés music is reflective of the person she is; quiet and understated at first but full of intricacy and emotion the further you listen. Imagine a soundscape of stripped back beats, electro-acoustic guitar melodies and magnetic harmony. Esmé lures listeners in with a spellbinding tonal quality and a rhythmically entrancing sound.
Born in Australia to Egyptian parents, Sawires was raised in a creative, multi-generational home in Sydney’s Inner West. Music was always there: Mariam’s father played traditional Arabic songs on the tabla, while her mother enrolled her to play the piano between homeschooling lessons. From outside, the sounds of Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Queen and Erykah Badu electrified and inspired Mariam’s early years.
Back in Australia, the next chapter of her career began to take flight. In the last eighteen months, Mariam has been profiled by SBS, played at Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel in support of NZ act LEISURE and been selected as a showcase artist at BIGSOUND 2019. Amidst this, she returned overseas for a three-month songwriting stint where she sequestered herself in a 17th century castle in France. With Mariam Sawires, music has gained a visionary new talent.