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Ottawa Jazz Festival: Nefe

$99—$325.50 advance

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From the Promoter

NEFE won the $25,000 first prize in the RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship contest, and now—using her stage name, NEFE—her music has been streamed millions of times and she’s finishing the recording of her debut EP. As a teenager, she honed her craft, performing frequently around her hometown, including opening for K’NAAN at the Hillside Music Festival. Influenced by soul-pop artists including Tracy Chapman and Bruno Mars, NEFE took her performing name from the ancient Egyptian queen, Nefertiti. An outspoken supporter of human rights, she says her musical aim is to “lead and empower woman and men to accept their real beauty, not succumbing to the pressures of perfection defined by today’s media culture.”