Little BIG Fest Community-Selected Artist and Iowa City band Hadiza takes its name after its leader Hadiza Kubura, who sings — sometimes in French, see “Langue Maternelle” — and plays piano. Regardless of your musical preferences, Hadiza transcends genres to create music that’s just plain good. Kubura’s rich vocals are simply delightful to listen to and are perfectly complemented by her careful piano playing for a sound the band’s Facebook page cheekily describes as “not very palatable.”
Kubura lists Coralville as her hometown, but brings an otherworldly quality to the music. Writing all the lyrics herself, the singer-songwriter isn’t afraid to touch on racial matters and other tough subjects, see “5 A Tone Meant For” on her SoundCloud. No matter the subject, Hadiza is the kind of music you can throw on after a long day and find comfort in.
By Cady Colosimo
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Little BIG Fest is organized by the nonprofit Greater Des Moines Music Coalition. Little BIG Fest 2017 is made possible with generous support from Meredith Inc., Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Bankers Trust, Iowa Taproom, Peace Tree Brewing Co., Iowa Beverage Systems, Yelp DSM, Malo, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Saturday Mfg., Vital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocal, and Des Moines Social Club.
Little BIG Fest is an annual festival featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and soul music. The goal of Little BIG Fest 2017 is to showcase female-identified and non-binary musicians successful in the music industry and to spark the imagination of talented performers of all ages in Des Moines. Little BIG Fest’s vision is to grow the number of women and non-binary artists playing music in Iowa and for the music industry to embrace a wider variety of musicians as festival headliners.