Jesswar – Breakout Artist of the Year 2021

A proud Fijian woman, Jesswar’s ruthless refusal of prescribed definitions is the foundation on which she builds her universe. Deeply inspired by her chosen community and her experiences she uses music as the vessel to tell her story. Her pride reflects on her resilience and resourcefulness and defends the notions of holistic interdependency and kinship. Jesswar has been supported by the likes of triple j, Billboard, PAPER, Refinery29, Mixmag and received praise from heavyweights such as Ebro Darden and Travis Mills. She has performed at Laneway, Splendour in the Grass and Groovin the Moo, and collaborated with the likes of DZ Deathrays, Tasha the Amazon and Briggs. The first member of her family to attend University, Jess is a peer support worker and runs music workshops for young people in the outer suburbs of Meanjin.

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