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.
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.
Long Shen Dao
Tai Chi Reggae from Beijing
In 1993, four friends from Rio de Janeiro (Nelson Meirelles, Marcelo Lobato, Alexandre Menezes et Marcelo Yuka) decided to create a group of reggae, O Rappa, to expose the social injustices that the country was going trough (cf Minha Alma). They have recruited a fifth member, Falcão, that from that time onwards became the emblematic vocalist of the group.
Rupa & The April Fishes
Fiery, engaging and wide-reaching, their music is the soundtrack for a world teetering at the edge of itself
Formed in 2000 in the remote and mysterious Yunnan province of south-west China, the region thought to have inspired the Shangri-la of James Hilton’s classic novel Lost Horizon, 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 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, filmmaker, magician, cartoonist and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. The subject of “The Socalled Movie”, a feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada, he has been making records and touring the world for over a decade.
Timbuktu indie kids Songhoy Blues, stars of the Africa Express album
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.