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Interview: Q&A with Nasip Kismet – Sparkles of Serendipity (June 2022)

Interview: Q&A with Nasip Kismet – Sparkles of Serendipity (June 2022)

In times of social distancing, travel chaos and restrictions, it’s uplifting to meet up (even if only figuratively speaking) with people who made cultural and musical inclusivity and collectivism their credo. Since the meaning of  the band’s name (‘serendipity’ in English), Nasip Kismet is a breath of fresh air in the...
Interview: Bandua – Bringing Folklore to the Dancefloor (June 2022)

Interview: Bandua – Bringing Folklore to the Dancefloor (June 2022)

Bandua, ‘electronic folk’ duo comprising producer Tempura the Purple Boy (Bernardo D’Addario) and musician Edgar Valente, take the centuries-old traditional music from the Beira Baixa region of Portugal and re-imagine it for the contemporary dancefloor. It’s the first time these sounds and songs have been repurposed as a Portuguese-language electronic pop...
Interview: Q&A with Eccodek – The Global Village In Us (May 2022)

Interview: Q&A with Eccodek – The Global Village In Us (May 2022)

A band with a multi-cultural mission. That’s how Eccodek can be described in a very few words. The far-reaching project launched by Andrew McPherson in Guelph, 100km West of Toronto, back in 1999 has become one of the best examples of music inclusivity. After two decades, Eccodek has indeed grown...
Interview: Q&A with Planeta Polar – Baltic Cumbieros (May 2022)

Interview: Q&A with Planeta Polar – Baltic Cumbieros (May 2022)

The global music village we all live in has  accustomed us to the most peculiar and at times bizarre, cultural brews. Still, discovering and enjoying a Lithuanian trio so passionate and dedicated to cumbia, chicha and tropical sounds doesn’t happen every day.  Planeta Polar is indeed such a one-and-only act...
Interview: Q&A with Justin Adams & Mauro Durante (May 2022)

Interview: Q&A with Justin Adams & Mauro Durante (May 2022)

Justin Adams, guitarist and producer, is notorious for his love of the North/West African blues grooves. In previous years he had already appeared in projects with Mauro Durante and his seven-piece band, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. Known for his violin and percussive abilities, Mauro performs music from Southern Italy, the pizzica...
Interview: Juanita Euka  – ‘Music, It’s a Trip’ (April 2022)

Interview: Juanita Euka – ‘Music, It’s a Trip’ (April 2022)

The end of March saw Juanita Euka release her first self-penned album called Mabanzo with Strut Records. Meaning ‘Thoughts’ in Lingala, it’s a sonic pot of musings. It’s laden with hooks and ever so danceable with a mix of Afro-Latino influence from soukous and son, to rumba and hip-hop.  She spells...
Interview: Q&A with Imarhan – Saharan Rockers (January 2022)

Interview: Q&A with Imarhan – Saharan Rockers (January 2022)

You don’t expect that one of the most sought-after and original rock bands would eventually come from an oasis city in the depths of the Algerian Sahara Desert. Still, since their inception occurred in 2006, Imarhan has grown into an unadulterated and impassionate embodiment of what the soul of rock...