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LDOC headliner is announced for April concert

Rapper Aminé will headline LDOC 2019.
Rapper Aminé will headline LDOC 2019.

This year’s concert headliner is rapper Aminé, the LDOC committee announced Thursday.

Additional acts include DJ Gryffin and pop duo Loote, as well as Small Town Records openers Simon White, a senior, and Sara Held, a sophomore. 

LDOC Committee Chair Serena Rivera-Korver, a sophomore, wrote in an email that artists were selected by a committee of diverse Duke students. 

“We are so excited to feature an equally diverse group of artists,” she wrote. 

Aminé is best known for his debut 2016 single “Caroline,” which reached number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. He released his first full-length album “Good For You” in 2017 and was nominated as Best New Hip Hop Artist for the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards. 

Gryffin calls himself a melodic house artist and has remixed songs like Tove Lo’s “Talking Body” and Maroon 5’s “Animals.”

Loote is based out of New York City. The duo released their debut single “High Without Your Love” in 2017 and their first EP “Single” in 2018. 

The lineup was announced via a video post at 7 p.m., following a LDOC lineup release party in the Bryan Center earlier that day, which benefited the Duke Children’s Hospital. 

LDOC, which will take place April 24, will feature its usual level of programming during the day, including student favorites like silent disco, chapel climbs and professional pancake art caterer DanCakes. 

R&B and rap artist Marc E. Bassy headlined LDOC last year after GoldLink canceled days before the show. Supporting acts included dance music trio Seeb, pop artist Quinn XCII and indie pop band Smallpools. The event was generally viewed as a success, despite rain that limited some daytime activities, like massages. 

“I hope all students will be able to find something in our lineup that appeals to them and makes them proud to be part of Duke,” Rivera-Korver wrote.

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