Every year, Jazz International Rotterdam in the Netherlands presents The Pack Project, led by an emerging young artist. In 2020, the leader of the Pack was the rebellious saxophonist, flutist, vocalist and composer Alba Gil Aceytuno, who is originally from Las Palmas, Canary Islands, but is now based in Rotterdam, which offers her a music scene and atmosphere that she loves.
Xênia França is a talented singer-songwriter from Bahia, Brazil who navigates between jazz, electronica and pop with a bossa nova flair. Her sound is soft and sensual, shrouded in mystique and otherworldly energy. At the centre of an art scene concerned with reviving and disseminating African-Brazilian culture, this ‘force of nature’ has emerged as the voice of female empowerment.