All-female rapcrew from Iceland
Reykjavíkurdætur (pronounced: Rike-ya-veek-oor-die uh-toor) is Icelandic for ‘daughters of Reykjavik’. In this case, however, don’t start associating Iceland with the fairy-like music of Björk or Sigur Rós. These daughters from the Icelandic capital are something entirely different: a sixteen-strong (!) rap group. For such a small country (just one-and-a-half times the population of Groningen), the numbers of female rappers are extremely high. Mainly in Icelandic and sometimes in English, Reykjavíkurdætur delves into engaged themes such as sexual violence, politics and sexual freedom for women. Don’t let your lack of Icelandic (or English) stop you from visiting Het Dok: their powerful, contemporary message rings true and you will understand them without recognising a single word.
"Reykjavíkurdætur’s determination to do music on their own terms, and the wit and humour with which they approach their work is obvious in the energy of the sound- even though I can’t understand the lyrics."