(aka Yousef Gnaoui) began his musical career in the group Flinke Namen (Big Names) and then successfully went solo. He had several hits and was nominated for an Edison and 3FM Award. Besides being a musician, Sef is active as an art director as well as a director, creating videos and artworks of his own and for fellow musicians, among other projects. In 2017 he started the podcast "Yous & Yay: New Emotions" with Pepijn Lanen for the Dutch broadcaster VPRO, which has since become one of the most most listened-to podcasts in the Benelux. In recent years Sef has become a highly valued and respected artist in the Dutch hip-hop scene and has secured a special place in it. In March 2020, he released his fourth pop album, El Salvador.
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Winternachten Festival, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Amare present: In the Dream House
The summer edition of Winternachten Festival concluded in high style in the concert hall of Amare with "In the Dream House." Writers, poets and artists brought their dream house to life in word, imagery and music. It was a program full of bright, warm and dark desires; of ancestors and wise women; of loss and pleasure. You were enchanted by hip-hop icon Sef, Winti priestess Marian Markelo, writers Raoul de Jong and Sanneke van Hassel, singer-songwriter Shishani, spoken-word artist Benzokarim, poet Iman Mersal, and singer Sterre Konijn. Drummers from the Royal Conservatory: guided by Pepe Garcia set the rhythm, and our dream hostess, theatre producer and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron ensured that you feel at home right away.
Bring along your home to our dream house
To properly shelter all these dreams, we asked the public as well as artists to share their idea of "home." You brought something with you that feels "like home" or with which you'd brighten your home: a plant, teacup, dishrag or mood lamp... We loved to hear the story behind your dream-house artifact! You could write to us ahead of time or tell us upon arrival; Sanneke van Hassel and Anouk Driessen recorded it and gave it a good spot in the room. In this way we created a living archive of our dream houses together, inspired by the novel In the Dream House by the U.S. writer Carmen Maria Machado. Also, you didn't go home empty-handed, because afterwards you took home someone else's object and story.