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Afrodeutsche is a Manchester-based musical performer and DJ who produces an eclectic mix of musical genres, ranging from classical solo piano to electro.
This year she will be performing at Glastonbury on the Arcadia stage, as well as working alongside Tom Ravenscroft to present All Day Glastonbury on BBC 6 Music.
The Arcadia stage is shaped like a massive spider and is made from recycled materials.
As her stage name would suggest, Afrodeutsche (otherwise known as Henrietta Smith-Rolla) has mixed heritage.
Born in Britain, her artistic name was inspired by her Ghanainan, Russian and German heritage.
As of 2022, Afrodeutsche’s net worth is currently unknown, however she has previously discussed her earnings.
When speaking of her work within classical music, Afrodeutsche has confessed that her earnings have never amounted to anything great enough to ‘sustain a living.’
However, she also admitted that she never expected it to.
In fact, a 2020 survey by Musicians’ Union found that a third of musicians were considering abandoning the industry due to money difficulties.
Fortunately for Afrodeutsche, classical music is not her only source of income. Last year she joined the BBC Radio 6 music team as a presenter.
On a Facebook post announcing the new job, the artist comically wrote ‘That’s right folks, turns out I DO have a face for radio!’, before going on to describe how she was ‘Literally shaking with excitement!!!’
Amongst her various and intriguing accolades is that she composed the musical score for Kamali, a 2019 BAFTA winning short film.
The 24-minute long movie follows the story of a boundary-breaking seven year old female skateboarder in India.
It is evident that Henrietta Smith-Rolla is hugely talented, so it will be exciting to see where she goes from here. Definitely one to watch at Glastonbury.
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