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Bio

Daada (a.k.a. Maike Valentina Kusserow) is a German-Colombian artist raised in Tanzania. Now based between Berlin and Tanzania, she makes multilingual, transcultural music.She began songwriting at the age of seven, accompanied by her violin. A few years later she picked up her grandma’s old guitar and never looked back; weaving stories in English, Spanish, Swahili and German ever since. 'Daada' derives from Swahili for “sister”. Apart from being her brother's nickname for her, the pseudonym pays homage to the multicultural roots that ground her music both lyrically and sonically and of course to sister- and womanhood: cornerstones of her message.2021 saw Daada debut with a feel-good, Africa-infused love-letter to growing up in Tanzania, "Amani”. In 2022, she unveiled her first EP via Motor Music. In 2023 Daada not only performed at festivals like Reeperbahn, but has been creating a unique sound between Afropop, Amapiano and her trademark multilingual songwriting. Her latest two singles, "Kiti" (a feminist anthem) & "I'll See You" (an optimistic take on loss and ode to friendship) are penned in a melange of Swahili and English and are only the beginning.Daada is currently going viral on TikTok and Instagram in Kenya and just dropped her latest single "Call Me"; a Bongopiano lovesong featuring Tanzania's Ril Vin.Daada's music has earned Spotify and Boomplay editorial playlisting, airplay and interviews in Europe ( RBB Fritz (DE), Radio Eins (DE), Global's Smooth Chill (UK) ), and Africa (East Africa TV & Radio (TZ), TBC2 (TZ), Clouds (TZ), Nation FM (KE) ), attention from digital & print media (The Citizen (TZ), RBB Kultur (DE), Verdadera Locura (ES) ) as well as a nomination by Amazon Music Germany Breakthrough & All Hands on Deck as Top-6 Newcomer.

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✨News ✨

✨Tickets to some upcoming shows❤️ ✨

13.11.2022
✨Amazon Music Germany & All Hands on Deck✨
nominated me TOP 6 to perform at their festival as a breakthrough artist 💖 In the end your gurl came 3rd. Still very grateful for all your votes.Ich bin immernoch geflasht Freunde❤️

30.09.2022
**MY FIRST EP IS OUT **💖

Photo by Eliott Sebbag


Here are some words on the puzzle pieces of the EP; written over vastly different times and spaces, from Bogota to Berlin...

1

I wrote the song in Paris about falling deeply in love with life and relearning to see magic in little things. I got to film a cRAzy MUSIC VIDEO in Paris 3 years later with some of my best friends; following 3 interweaving love stories through the city of love.]

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2

la escribi junto a unos humanos increíbles en Bogotá. Y grabe un MUSIC VIDEO volando por las calles de Berlín ;) 🚘🌛Then RBB (Radio Berlin Brandenburg) invited me to give my first live radio interview & set 🤯🥺 - including a special stripped down version of Tus Manos:


3

I originally wrote this song when I was 16. About the narcotic effect certain people have with their beautiful (but empty) words; their 'poetry'... And the video we made tells that story like a good old head-on confrontation.


4

This one is also en Español and it's about empathy, love and tolerance. About putting in the effort to try and see through others' eyes.

13.08.2022
I got to work on the music / vocals for an epic commercial film

Press

"A formidable force that promises an exciting future in the industry”
- The Cititzen

Contact

daada@daadamusic.com

"A formidable force that promises an exciting future in the industry”
- The Citizen

Daada (a.k.a. Maike Valentina Kusserow) is a German-Colombian artist raised in Tanzania. Currently based between East Africa and Berlin, she makes multilingual, transcultural music. Live, Daada crafts an eclectic journey, sharing stories in English, Spanish, German and Swahili, interwoven with e-guitar loops, kalimba licks and rhythms impossible to stand still to alongside Berlin-based Polish producer Maono.Daada began songwriting at age seven, accompanied by her violin. A few years later she picked up her grandma’s old guitar and never looked back; weaving stories in her four mother tongues ever since.'Daada' derives from Swahili for 'sister'; paying homage to the multicultural universe that holds Daada's music and of course to sister- and womanhood: cornerstones of her message.In 2021 Daada debuted with a feel-good, Africa-infused love-letter to home, "Amani”. In 2022, she unveiled a first EP via Motor Music. In 2023 Daada not only performed at festivals like Reeperbahn, but has been cultivating her unique sound that evokes a universe between Africa and Latin America. "Kiti" (a feminist anthem) & "I'll See You" (an optimistic take on loss and ode to friendship) are penned in a melange of Swahili and English. Her latest single "Call Me" weaves in a third language, Spanish too and features Tanzanian artist, Ril Vin. In 2024, Daada will be releasing a second EP created between Berlin, Bogota and Nairobi.Daada recently went viral on TikTok and Instagram in Kenya. Her music has earned Spotify and Boomplay editorial playlisting, airplay and interviews in Europe ( RBB Fritz (DE), Radio Eins (DE), Global's Smooth Chill (UK) ), and Africa (East Africa TV & Radio (TZ), TBC2 (TZ), Clouds (TZ), Nation FM (KE) ), attention from digital & print media (The Citizen (TZ), RBB Kultur (DE), Verdadera Locura (ES) ) as well as a nomination by Amazon Music Germany Breakthrough & All Hands on Deck as Top-6 Newcomer.

"A formidable force that promises an exciting future in the industry”
- The Citizen

Daada (a.k.a. Maike Valentina Kusserow) is a German-Colombian artist raised in Tanzania. Now based between East Africa and Berlin, she makes multilingual, transcultural music.She began songwriting at age seven, accompanied by her violin. A few years later she picked up her grandma’s old guitar and never looked back; weaving stories in English, Spanish, Swahili and German ever since.'Daada' derives from Swahili for 'sister'; paying homage to the multicultural universe that holds Daada's music and of course to sister- and womanhood: cornerstones of her message.In 2021 Daada debuted with a feel-good, Africa-infused love-letter to home, "Amani”. In 2022, she unveiled a first EP via Motor Music. In 2023 Daada not only performed at festivals like Reeperbahn, but has been cultivating her unique sound that evokes a universe between Africa and Latin America. "Kiti" (a feminist anthem) & "I'll See You" (an optimistic take on loss and ode to friendship) are penned in a melange of Swahili and English. Her latest single "Call Me" weaves in a third language, Spanish too and features Tanzanian artist, Ril Vin. In 2024, Daada will be releasing a second EP created between Berlin, Bogota and Nairobi.Daada recently went viral on TikTok and Instagram in Kenya. Her music has earned Spotify and Boomplay editorial playlisting, airplay and interviews in Europe ( RBB Fritz (DE), Radio Eins (DE), Global's Smooth Chill (UK) ), and Africa (East Africa TV & Radio (TZ), TBC2 (TZ), Clouds (TZ), Nation FM (KE) ), attention from digital & print media (The Citizen (TZ), RBB Kultur (DE), Verdadera Locura (ES) ) as well as a nomination by Amazon Music Germany Breakthrough & All Hands on Deck as Top-6 Newcomer.

Daada (a.k.a. Maike Valentina Kusserow) is a German-Colombian artist raised in Tanzania. Now based between Dar es Salaam and Berlin, she makes multilingual, transcultural music.She began songwriting at the age of seven, accompanied by her violin. A few years later she picked up her grandma’s old guitar and never looked back; weaving stories in English, Spanish, Swahili and German ever since.'Daada' derives from the Swahili word for “sister”. Apart from being her brother's nickname for her to this day, the pseudonym pays homage to the multiculturality that hugs her music both lyrically and sonically and of course to sister- and womanhood: cornerstones of her message.Her music has earned Spotify and Boomplay editorial playlisting, airplay and interviews in Europe ( RBB Fritz (DE), Radio Eins (DE), Global's Smooth Chill (UK) ), and Africa (East Africa TV & Radio (TZ), TBC2 (TZ), Clouds (TZ), Nation FM (KE) ), attention from digital & print media (The Citizen (TZ), RBB Kultur (DE), Verdadera Locura (ES) ) as well as a nomination by Amazon Music Germany Breakthrough & All Hands on Deck as Top-6 Newcomer.In 2023 Daada has performed at several Sofar Sounds and Festivals across Europe. In June she released her latest single, feminist anthem, "Kiti",
produced by Tanzania's Daxo Chali. In July, she followed this up with a second Amapiano single, "I'll See You" (listen here).
“Kiti”
"Kiti" fuses Amapiano with Daada’s trademark multilingual, lyric-driven songwriting. The song is a call for gender equality and an ode to women. It is a reminder that we are capable, powerful and magical and that we should support eachother. The chorus “tupe kiti mezani” demands a seat at the table for women in all realms.
"I'll See You"
“I’ll see you” too blends contagious, energetic amapiano with heartfelt lyrics that tell a story of parting with a loved one while knowing you will be reunited with them somewhere, somehow, someday.

Short Bio (EN)

Daada is a German-Colombian artist raised in Tanzania. Now based between East Africa and Berlin, she makes multilingual, transcultural Indie music. Daada first started songwriting at age seven and quickly took refuge in it to piece together a third-culture-kid identity. “Daada” derives from the Swahili (Tanzanian) word for “sister”. The pseudonym pays homage to the multiculturality that hugs her music but also to sister- and womanhood: cornerstones of her message. Expect delicate threads of pop and soulful singer-songwriting in English, Spanish, German and Swahili - all underpinned by catchy, danceable beats. She takes the stage with producer and good friend Maono.In 2022, Daada unveiled her first EP via Motor Music. It is a Spanglish collection of coming-of-age stories written over vastly different times and spaces, from Bogota to Berlin detailing first experiences of falling in love, desire and toxic relationships. In 2023 she unveils a new Afro-infused project with two Amapiano singles "Kiti" & "I'll See You" (listen here). Her music has earned Spotify and Boomplay editorial playlisting, airplay and interviews in Europe ( RBB Fritz (DE), Radio Eins (DE), Global's Smooth Chill (UK) ), and Africa (East Africa TV & Radio (TZ), TBC2 (TZ), Clouds (TZ), Nation FM (KE) ), attention from digital & print media (The Citizen (TZ), RBB Kultur (DE), Verdadera Locura (ES) ) as well as a nomination by Amazon Music Germany Breakthrough & All Hands on Deck as Top-6 Newcomer.Daada has performed at several Sofar Sounds and Festivals across Europe as well as national TV in Tanzania and Kenya. This is only the beginning - with lots more eclectic and borderless music on the way.

Kurze Bio (DE)

Daada ist eine deutsch-kolumbianische Künstlerin, die in Ostafrika aufgewachsen ist und nun in Berlin lebt, wo sie mehrsprachige, transkulturelle Indie-Musik macht. Bereits im Alter von sieben Jahren begann sie mit dem Songwriting, anfangs in Begleitung ihrer Geige. Im Laufe der Zeit entdeckte sie die Macht des Songwriting, um ihre "Third-Culture-Kid"-Identität zu verarbeiten, und die der Musik, um ihre geographisch verstreuten Fragmente zusammenzufügen. Ihre Musik verwebt zarte Fäden von Pop und Indie mit intimer Poesie in Englisch, Spanisch, Deutsch und Swahili. Auf der Bühne spielt und live-loopt sie zusammen mit Maono - Produzent und guter Freund.Im Jahr 2022 präsentierte Daada ihre erste EP via Motor Music. Es ist eine coming-of-age Geschichte, geschrieben zwischen Bogota und Berlin. Mit ihren neusten zwei - in Tansania produzierten - Singles "Kiti" und "I'll See You", stellt Daada ein neues Universum, dass zwischen Afrikanischen Genres wie Amapiano und ihrem sehr eigenen mehrsprachigen Singer-Songwriting schwebt vor. Ihre Musik landete bisher in Editorial-Playlists auf Spotify und Boomplay, im Radio in Europa ( RBB Fritz (DE), Radio Eins (DE), Global's Smooth Chill (UK) ), und Afrika (East Africa TV & Radio (TZ), TBC2 (TZ), Clouds (TZ), Nation FM (KE) ), gewann Aufmerksamkeit von Medien (The Citizen (TZ), RBB Kultur (DE), Verdadera Locura (ES) ) wie auch von Amazon Music Breakthrough & All Hands on Deck, die Daada als Top-6 Newcomerin nominierten.2023 ist Daada schon unter anderem bei drei Sofar Sounds in Europa und dem Pure&Crafted Festival in Berlin aufgetreten.

Contact:
daada@daadamusic.com

Bio

Daada is a German-Colombian artist raised in Tanzania. Now based between East Africa and Berlin, she makes multilingual, transcultural pop music. Daada first started songwriting at age seven and quickly took refuge in it to piece together a third-culture-kid identity. “Daada” derives from the Swahili (Tanzanian) word for “sister”. The pseudonym pays homage to the multiculturality that hugs her music but also to sister- and womanhood: cornerstones of her message. Expect delicate threads of pop and soulful singer-songwriting in English, Spanish, German and Swahili - all underpinned by catchy, danceable beats. She takes the stage with producer and good friend Maono.In 2022, Daada unveiled her first EP via Motor Music. It is a Spanglish collection of coming-of-age stories written over vastly different times and spaces, from Bogota to Berlin detailing first experiences of falling in love, desire and toxic relationships. In 2023 she unveils a new Afro-infused project with two Amapiano singles "Kiti" & "I'll See You" (listen here). Her music has earned Spotify and Boomplay editorial playlisting, airplay and interviews in Europe ( RBB Fritz (DE), Radio Eins (DE), Global's Smooth Chill (UK) ), and Africa (East Africa TV & Radio (TZ), TBC2 (TZ), Clouds (TZ), Nation FM (KE) ), attention from digital & print media (The Citizen (TZ), RBB Kultur (DE), Verdadera Locura (ES) ) as well as a nomination by Amazon Music Germany Breakthrough & All Hands on Deck as Top-6 Newcomer.Daada has performed at several Sofar Sounds and Festivals across Europe. This is only the beginning - with lots more eclectic and borderless music on the way in 2024.

Contact:
daada@daadamusic.com

Shows

✨Upcoming Dates✨

💌 7. Sept 2024 in Bloemendaal aan Zee, Netherlands: TICKETS (Surfana Festival)

✨Past Dates✨

💌 29. Nov 2023 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: TICKETS (Juamatano Groove, Alliance Français)
💌 20. Sept 2023 in Berlin, Germany: TICKETS (Reeperbahn Festival)
💌 11. Aug 2023 in Berlin, Germany: TICKETS (Support for Pink Mario)
💌 8. July 2023 in Berlin, Germany: Pure&Crafted Festival, TICKETS
💌 30. March 2023 in London, UK: CWord Mag Presents, TICKETS
💌 25. Feb 2023 in Nuremberg, Germany: Sofar Nuremberg, TICKETS
💌 18. Feb 2023 in Bamberg, Germany: Sofar Bamberg, TICKETS
💌 22. Jan 2023 in Utrecht, Netherlands: Sofar Utrecht


✨Watch Daada Live✨

with band

Daada (a.k.a. Maike Valentina Kusserow) is a German-Colombian artist raised in Tanzania. Currently based between East Africa and Berlin, she makes multilingual, transcultural music. Live, Daada crafts an eclectic journey, sharing stories in English, Spanish, German and Swahili, interwoven with e-guitar loops, kalimba licks and rhythms impossible to stand still to alongside Berlin-based Polish producer Maono.

solo

Daada tells stories intimately laced with delicate e-guitar and loop pedal magic, in English, Spanish, German and Swahili.

Show

✨Upcoming✨

💌 20. Sept 2023 in Berlin, Germany: TICKETS (Reeperbahn Festival)
💌 11. Aug 2023 in Berlin, Germany: TICKETS (Support for Pink Mario)
💌 8. July 2023 in Berlin, Germany: Pure&Crafted Festival, TICKETS
💌 30. March 2023 in London, UK: TICKETS (CWord Mag)
💌 25. Feb 2023 in Nuremberg, Germany: TICKETS (Sofar Nuremberg)
💌 18. Feb 2023 in Bamberg, Germany: TICKETS (Sofar Bamberg)
💌 22. Jan 2023 in Utrecht, Netherlands (Sofar Utrecht)


✨Past✨

with band

Daada & good friend, Maono (check him out more here), have a plan to live-Loop their way around the world with a sound enveloping Latin America, Africa and Europe. Expect delicately woven, eclectic songs underpinned by catchy, danceable beats.

solo

Daada tells stories intimately laced with delicate e-guitar and loop pedal magic, in English, Spanish, German and Swahili.

Tech Rider

Daada sings and plays electric guitar, some songs with a Boss RC-1 loop pedal.Daada will bring:
Mic
E-guitar
Yamaha THR5 guitar amp (no line out)
Boss RC-1 loop pedal
Guitar cables
Daada will need:
PA
Mic stand & XLR cable
Mic for guitar amp (or alternatively a guitar amp with line out)
Extension cable for amp
Catering:
Party of 1 (Daada)
Lactose- and garlic-intolerant
Thank you, danke, gracias!Contact:
daada@daadamusic.com
+33 769 318 010 (Maike)
http://daadamusic.com

Tech Rider

EquipmentQuantity
Line inputs (8 mono line signals via 6.3mm jack cables that are 80cm long)8
Vocal mic stand1
Key stands / tables (standing height)2

Catering:
Party of 2
Maike is lactose- and garlic-intolerant
Szymon is vegetarian
Thank you, danke, gracias, asante!Contact:
daada@daadamusic.com
+49 17682360238 (Maike)
http://daadamusic.com/#epk