Saturday, 06.08 / 13:00 / Aasia Villa
Räpina Jack is like a fresh breeze in the Estonian cultural landscape. It’s a wonderful example of how two completely different artists can create a rock show that fits on any sized stage – from stadiums to living rooms. The roots of the music are in rock’n’roll, yet decorated with bits and pieces from genres ranging from folk and country-western to modern hip hop.
Räpina Jack got started in the fall of 2020 when they released their eponymous debut single, which quickly led to a collaboration with a local men’s health campaign “Pikema Sõpruse Päev”. They wrote and recorded the anthem of the campaign titled “Hei Sõbramees” and quickly followed it with their first music video. At the end of 2020, they released their debut EP.
The summer of 2021 was extremely busy for Räpina Jack. Alongside numerous concerts, they recorded two very different music videos. The video for the song “Kullalaane Blues” which is a tribute to the beautiful forests of our homeland, was done in partnership with an NGO called Uralic Centre and local (Otepää) nature activists, to bring to attention the unfair management of local forests by the governmental organisations. It was very well received by audiences, helping to make Räpina Jack a more household name. To close off the year, Räpina Jack won a local band competition organised by Stanford Music and Barbar (a local rock club).
Räpina Jack is composed of two legendary members – Hash and KillBaba.
Hain Hoppe a.k.a Hash is a fiery guitar hero, whose roots riffs, melodic solos, and a tongue-in-cheek cocky attitude on stage leave no person unbothered. Kill Kaare a.k.a KillBaba is an excellent wordsmith, whose clever and often comical lyrics open an urbanised yet deeply rooted world to the listener. The lyrics are often melodic, often rapped, sometimes very contemporary but at the same time very mystical.
That, dear friends, is contemporary, modern rock’n’roll!!