Baciamolemani, Sicily’s favorite, blends traditional horn-heavy Italian rhythms with Balkan inspired party vibes that take you on a musical journey around the Mediterranean isles.
Conjunto Papa Upa
A mind-blowing yet joyous-sounding assault takes you on a psychedelic journey with a possessed voodoo priest piloting a half-broken 1970’s Caribbean space ship, departing from the hot Venezuelan beach of Camuri Chico in order to land somewhere on the African continent along the borders between Angola and the Congo.
Her music has electro and trip hop rhythms and a modern sound – a new way forward for Tunisian music.
South Korean electronic trio Idiotape formed in 2008 in Seoul. Producer and synthesizer player Dguru, who is also a highly-respected DJ in Korea, and synthesizer player Zeze teamed up with the simple goal of making “fun and enjoyable music”. Drummer DR (formerly of Seoul pop-punk / pop-rock act Sugar Donut) was brought on board in early 2010.
Within Bogotá's fiery music scene, LA-33 has emerged as Colombia’s most famous touring salsa orchestras. The sound is modern yet authentic, embracing retro salsa dura (hard salsa), classic cumbria, ska, Latin jazz and old school New York Boogaloo. Significantly, the band is named after Calle 33, their home street in Bogatá, because it captures an essential urban take on salsa, connected directly to the streets.
We could just say that Ni is an instrumental rock band. We could just tell you to grab a nice coffee and look at their latest album cover while enjoying yourself on a balcony. We could just be happy that spring is on it's way and that we can hear the birds sing all afternoon. We could just tell you that we have waited a long time for this moment.
In 1993, four friends from Rio de Janeiro (Nelson Meirelles, Marcelo Lobato, Alexandre Menezes et Marcelo Yuka) decided to create the reggae group, O Rappa, to expose the social injustices that the country was going trough (cf Minha Alma). Since then, they have recruited a fifth member, Falcão who became the emblematic vocalist of the group.
Born in 1943 in Ikole-Ekiti in Ondo State, Nigeria, Orlando Julius Ekemode (“Orlando was really a nickname, taken from the Nigerian actor, Orlando Martins") had started in music from an early age, becoming the school drummer and learning flute, bugle and other instruments at St Peters Anglican School in Ikole-Ekiti.
Rupa & The April Fishes
Fiery, engaging and wide-reaching, their music is the soundtrack for a world teetering at the edge of itself
The remote province Yunnan in South Western China is thought to have been the inspiration for James Hilton’s Shangri-la in his classic novel Lost Horizon. Since their formation in this region in 2000, Shan Ren, literally “mountain men”, have become one of China’s top indie folk bands. With members representing some of the smaller ethnic groups, the four-piece aims to promote and preserve the colourful and diverse heritage of Yunnan and Guizhou’s many ethnic tribes through original compositions and re-workings of local folk melodies. Shan Ren fuse indigenous music with modern styles, while showcasing a variety of traditional instruments such as the Xianzi, Qinqin and Dabiya (four-stringed plucked instruments) and Xianggu and Sun drum (percussion). Gaining popularity in Beijing’s small but vibrant folk scene on the strength of their energetic live shows, the band were invited to appear in front of 5,000 people at Cathedral Square for the Barcelona Festival Asia in 2010. In 2011, Shanren also presented showcases at MIDEM in Cannes and Liverpool Sound City, UK.
Socalled is a pianist, producer, composer, arranger, rapper, singer, journalist, photographer, film maker, magician, cartoonist and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. His project The Socalled Movie is a feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada in which he has been making records and toured the world for over a decade.
Tal National are from Niamey, the capital city of Niger. They’ve had several #1 songs in their home country, are constantly featured on national TV - folks in Niger leave their TVs on and use them as boomboxes . Still, they sell their discs on the street, at roundabouts since there is no centralised distribution system in the country.
TRAD.ATTACK! takes inspiration from old archive recordings and from the music of today. Folk music is their starting point but not their boundary: they remain open in ears, mind and soul to different styles and new directions whilst maintaining their emotional roots-heart.