• When: 11th Apr 4:15pm
  • Where: South Stage
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South Stage // 4:15 – 5:00pm

Estère doesn’t play music – she creates sonic amalgamations that merge culture, language and legend. She breathes life into narratives that marry the acutely human to the achingly mythic. Her vocals soar and then swoon, beckoning sultrily and opening gates to new interpretations of age-old tales. Estère plays ‘electric blue witch-hop,” as she calls her dimensions of electronic, folk and R&B. The New Zealand Herald called it “a beautiful mix of everything the music world is lauding and lusting after right now.”

Estère began her journey as a bedroom producer with an MPC called Lola. Her first album, ‘Estère’, released in 2015 via Paris-based record label Prospect, earned her accolades from prominent media outlets such as Disco Naïveté, Elle Magazine (FR) and Portals. In 2018, Estère’s second album ‘My Design, On Others’ Lives’ was championed by Radio NZ as “an exceptional record.” Afropunk called it “an immersive experience unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed.”

Estère has brought manifestations of her unique live show to Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as opened for the likes of Grace Jones and Erykah Badu. Estère’s onstage talent and energy has earned her invitations to international festivals including Glastonbury (UK), Afropunk Paris (FR), Bushfire Festival (Swaziland) WOMAD (NZ), Aarhus Festuge (Denmark) and Sori Arts Festival (South Korea). She has also headlined sold-out shows in the UK, France and New Zealand and has been twice nominated for NZ Music Awards, including Best Producer (2018) and Critics Choice Award (2015).

In her push to explore new terrain in song-writing and performance, Estère created a concept show, ‘Into the Belly of Capricorn,’ for international arts festivals in 2020. Through the lens of the show’s protagonist, audiences are invited to explore archetypal themes shaped by the songs from Estère’s soon-to-be released third album – titled ‘Archetypes’ – created with Massive Attack producer Stew Jackson.

"Estère is a uniquely talented musical artiste who immediately made an indelible mark on Aotearoa's underground music scene after discovering the delights of an MPC 1000 Sampling Station in 2012."

Howard David, Radio 13

"Estere's [My Design On Others' Lives] is a beautiful mix of everything the music world is lauding and lusting after right now."

Siena Yates, NZ Herald

"Ni austère ni délétère, voici Estère, jeune prodige néo soul originaire de Nouvelle-Zélande dont le premier album est aussi inventif que brillant. retenez ce nom qui rime avec…"

Elle, France