AFRODEUTSCHE (Henrietta Smith-Rolla), is a British born Ghanaian/Russian/German artist, composer, producer, and DJ based in Manchester. Her polyrhythmic compositions integrate a wide array of musical genres, including Afrofuturistic electro and techno, classical solo piano, and Detroit legacy house. Afrodeutsche’s DJ style is a synthesis of Drexciyan and Underground Resistance-inspired selections, intercut with a variety of forward-thinking UK techno such as Bola and Lego Feet. Her written score, by contrast, sits in a much more organic space – in 2019 she wrote a piano-led minimalist soundtrack to Sasha Rainbow’s Bafta nominated and Oscar longlisted documentary Kamali.
Hosting a regular radio show on the renowned NTS, AFRODEUTSCHE entrances listeners with her idiosyncratic combinations of dark electro, breaks, footwork, ghetto tech and jacking house. Forever evolving a fully live hardware show, AFRODEUTSCHE has already appeared alongside celebrated producers Dopplereffekt and Carl Craig, with many more to come.
Praised by the Guardian for enacting a new wave of club music, named by Dummy Mag as one of 2019’s most exciting artists, AFRODEUTSCHE’s spectacular debut album ‘Break before Make’ was released on the legendary Skam label in 2018. Her remix of Montreal producer Marie Davidson’s ‘Day Dreaming’ was released in 2020 on Ninja Tune.