Tag Archives: TootArd

Event Review: TootArd @ Rich Mix (London; 31st January 2018)   

Event Review: TootArd @ Rich Mix (London; 31st January 2018)  

There are hardly any better ways with which to illustrate the concept of ‘upbeat’ than by narrating a TootArd show. The band, hailing from the Golan Heights, with its heartening music, are the best answer to the decades of political troubles and social struggles burdening the region, and one of...
Interview: TootArd – Playing on the Borders (January 2018)

Interview: TootArd – Playing on the Borders (January 2018)

Politics is intrinsic to the Golan Heights landscape. The region, disputed by Syria and Israel since the mid-1960s, lingers in an unresolved state, which influences its people’s everyday life, culture, and music. That is why, even if you do not want to be meddled and muddled with politics, you inevitably...
Your Ticket to… 2017 (in 10+ Albums)

Your Ticket to… 2017 (in 10+ Albums)

We thought about songs, but we couldn’t avoid doing justice to albums too and pointing out what excited us most in 2017. We decided to limit ourselves to 10 LPs already featured on Rhythm Passport, plus some more “personal” recommendations. …and even though people are saying that they don’t make music...
Your Ticket to… 2017 (in 50 songs)

Your Ticket to… 2017 (in 50 songs)

In times of end-of-year charts, top ten lists, ‘top of’ and ‘best of’, we’ve preferred to keep things as inclusive and smooth as possible, so we have simply “listened back” to 2017 and summed up what our speakers, headphones and earphones have played the most. Enjoy our 2017 in music...
Visions of Sound – November 2017

Visions of Sound – November 2017

We’ve partnered with Groovalizacion Radio to bring you a monthly collection of the best world music-related videos. That’s our way to give value to too often overlooked, rich and diverse artistic expressions. Listen with your eyes! Watch the full playlist:
Album Review: TootArd – Laissez Passer [Glitterbeat Records]
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Album Review: TootArd – Laissez Passer [Glitterbeat Records]

I first heard of TootArd (Arabic for ‘strawberries’) in my Casablanca apartment in the wake of the Arab Spring, with their first hit Ruh Bladi. Released in 2011, the group’s reggae-influenced first album Nuri Andaburi took the band to perform over the Golan Heights, and in Jerusalem, Palestine, and beyond....
Mixes: Groovalizacion Radio Albums (November 2017)

Mixes: Groovalizacion Radio Albums (November 2017)

We’re more than thrilled to host our Groovalizacion Radio friends and their monthly album mixes.  “Every month, Groovalizacion Radio selects the 10 best albums in the field of innovative, cutting-edge World Music 2.0 – One ‘special recommendation’ plus nine albums in no particular order. Discover this months’ selection in this handy mixtape. Find the full...
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