Category Archives: Africa

Progressive electronic music from South Africa: Spoek Mathambo

Part of a new breed of African artists, 24 year-old Spoek Mathambo (rapper/DJ and graphic designer/illustrator) is hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism. His goal of making music is to be progressive without forgetting his roots. As the front-man of the electro rap outfits SWEAT.X and PLAYDOE. Spoek Mathambo has become an increasingly prominent figure in the international music scene over the last couple of years.

Last year, Spoek Mathambo released his solo album, Mshini Wam for BBE (BBE Records), and has built a live band with Richard The Third (producer), Jakob Snake (drummer) & Nic Van Reenen (guitarist) in order to tour the project. The release of this project was particularly exciting as a sign to the world of what (South) Africa has in store in terms of progressive electronic music.

As a DJ, Spoek’s HIVIP project, which is promoting South African music, has gathered widespread attention. and was covered by the New York Times and Fader Magazine. He has been also touring Europe. Continue reading

Majid Bekkas (Morocco) – the oud and guembri virtuoso playing the Desert blues!!

Musician pick up by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Majid Bekkas, oud and guembri or sintir virtuoso, guitar professor and singer, has long been a star in his home country Morocco. Over the last few years, he has found his way into the European jazz scene through his collaborations with Archie Shepp, Louis Sclavis, Flavio Boltro, Joachim Kuhn or Klaus Doldinger.

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Syria’s Omar Souleyman at the Issue Project Room (NY, Brooklyn), next door to the DBDBD office!!

Date: June 27, 2010
Venue: Issue Project Room (NY, Brooklyn)

Syria‘s Omar Souleyman is a musician who began his career in 1994. He has been working with a number of musicians with whom he still performs. Under his name they have issued more than five-hundred studio and live- recorded cassette albums which are easily spotted in the shops of any Syrian city. His music has reached a wider audience in recent years due to the American label Sublime Frequencies, from which he has been able to tour extensively and release three records. DBDBD is going to write about this musician in the near future.

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