In Pakistan, a whole civilization is singing the songs of Ustad Saami, celebrating peace and diversity through God Is Not A Terrorist. Recorded at night on a rooftop in Karachi, this album, the first of its kind, is the product of a collaboration between Saami and the American producer Ian Brennan.
A worthy custodian of the treasures of Mandingo Africa, Souraka Koite, the Senegalese griot (bard), is the man in the spotlight on this new reissue of En Hollande by Awesome Tapes From Africa. It is a remarkable cassette – showcasing a unique 1984 solo kora recording that took place in a converted chicken coop.
Ahead of her show at the 46th Autumn Festival in Paris, we take a look back at the career of one of the foremost contemporary choreographers. From Mozart to Miles Davis, the music that Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker engages with spans history and genre, but her vision remains centered on that most fundamental of relationships: music and the body.
The guembri's history spans across epochs, continents and musical genres. Let's take a closer look at the Gnawa instrument's story so far as it infuses the music of Mâalems with that of jazzmen as well as electronic frontrunners, too.