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Formed back in 2003, the exuberant Tel Aviv-based four-piece Boom Pam delivers a forward-thinking blend of Mediterranean rock and surf music suitable for all occasions from fancy concert halls to wild, alcohol-drenched parties. The group enjoyed immediate success in venues ranging from local and international clubs and bars to formal auditoriums and renowned music festivals, from private abodes to philharmonic stages and has evolved into a global force to be [...]

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Uri Brauner Kinrot: Guitar/Vocals
Dani Ever Hadani: Keyboard
Ira Raviv: Drums
Yuval Zolotov: Tuba
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Selda Boom Pam

Watch Turkish Legend Selda Bağcan Perform Live W/ Tel Aviv's Boom Pam
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We already reported on the Selda Bağcan X Boom Pam collab around the same time last year, following their spot-on performance in Berlin. Now Red Bull brought them to Istanbul, where they played a one-hour live set [...]

We already reported on the Selda Bağcan X Boom Pam collab around the same time last year, following their spot-on performance in Berlin. Now Red Bull brought them to Istanbul, where they played a one-hour live set at Zorlu Center. Selda Bağcan joins Boom Pam after a psychedelic introductory medley about ten minutes into the video and opens with her hit song "Yaz Gazetici Yaz". Watch the full show here.

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An Instrumental Journey

Watch Boom Pam & Friends Take To The Tel Aviv Stage
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Live as can be! When we heard that Boom Pam had scheduled an instrumental live performance with some of their close musical friends at Tel Aviv's Merkaz Enav auditorium we teamed up with the local Snifff Productions [...]

Live as can be! When we heard that Boom Pam had scheduled an instrumental live performance with some of their close musical friends at Tel Aviv's Merkaz Enav auditorium we teamed up with the local Snifff Productions crew and fairplanet.org to bring you an exclusive live stream of the concert via Greedio, our streaming platform currently in the making. 

To be honest, even while preparing to go live, we did not quite know, what to expect. But once this marvelous psychedelic surf rock quartet took to the stage and brought out their musical 'partners in crime', we knew we were in for a special treat. Spread across the globe in Istanbul, Frankfurt and Berlin, we witnessed a passionate live concert  from Tel Aviv, watching it all go down from the cozy confines of our homes. 

Thanks to everyone involved, we took a giant step in the right direction and are super excited to bring you more live streaming goodness in the weeks and months and possibly years to follow. But first, you can relive the experience and watch the entire concert below. Prepare to be amazed!

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Greedio Presents: Boom Pam

Stream An Exclusive Live Concert From Tel Aviv
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Heads up! Here comes an opportunity you global music lovers have been waiting for:

Saturday, March 5th, marks the return of Boom Pam with an "Instrumental Journey Through Times And Places". Welcoming several friends [...]

Heads up! Here comes an opportunity you global music lovers have been waiting for:

Saturday, March 5th, marks the return of Boom Pam with an "Instrumental Journey Through Times And Places". Welcoming several friends to the stage, including Uzi Ramirez of the notorious Ramirez Brothers on guitar, Eyal Talmudi of Malox on saxophone and Sefi Sizzling on trumpet, the acclaimed outfit is poised to deliver an exuberant instrumental show at Tel Aviv's Enav Cultural Center, influenced by the surf rock sounds of bands like The Shadows. 

What's more, we will be broadcasting the concert live via our Greedio streaming platform, starting at 10pm (UTC +02:00). In order to tune in, just click here and enjoy the show!

This event is brought to you in cooperation with fairplanet and snifff.tv.

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Boom Pam X Kutiman

Live At The Jewish Culture Days 2009

Tel Aviv's charismatic, psychedelic and incredibly musical Surf-outfit Boom Pam had the honor of performing live at the closing concert of the 23rd Jewish Culture Festival in Munich, in 2009. For their breathtaking [...]

Tel Aviv's charismatic, psychedelic and incredibly musical Surf-outfit Boom Pam had the honor of performing live at the closing concert of the 23rd Jewish Culture Festival in Munich, in 2009. For their breathtaking half-hour performance they were joined on stage by fellow multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Kutiman, each delivering some heated freestyle exchanges. Watch two of Israel's premier underground acts win over the festival-sized crowd in laid-back accord with each other, or was it a chord? They even get the audience yelling "Hashish"! But see for yourselves:

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Ayalew Mesfin

Rediscover A Rare And Beautiful Moment In Ethiopian Music History
 

Now-Again Records and Vinyl Me, Please have teamed up to release "one of the last treasure troves of Ethiopian Funk" by Ethiopian legend Ayalew Mesfin, over 40 years after its initial appearance. Recorded in the [...]

Now-Again Records and Vinyl Me, Please have teamed up to release "one of the last treasure troves of Ethiopian Funk" by Ethiopian legend Ayalew Mesfin, over 40 years after its initial appearance. Recorded in the 1970's with his Black Lion Band, Mesfin's music "is among the funkiest to arise from Addis Ababa".

With a near two dozen 7" singles and several reel-to-reel tapes to his name, "Hasabe (My Worries)" is the first anthology of his music. Only four of his songs were previously reissued within Francis Falcetto's "Ethiopiques" series. “Most of my works revolve around social issues, as well as political commentary. Even though my songs appear to be about lovers, or other mundane topics, they are open to interpretation,” Mesfin explains. 

As the Derg regime took control of the country in 1974, Ayalew Mesfin was forced underground and was eventually imprisoned for three months: "My discontent with the military government grew over time, until I got to the point in deciding to expose the brutal dictatorship through my music,” Mesfin states. For more context, read an excerpt from the liner notes.

Listen to the very James Brown-esque "Liba Menta Hone" in the SoundCloud player above and watch the short film below on Ayalew's story and his music. A variation of the record will be released on Now-Again in late 2018.

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Simple Love

Ghanaian Wordsmith M.anifest Shares Gorgeous New Music Video

Crowned "Best Rapper" (in addition to winning "HipHop Song of the Year" for "God MC") at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards, M.anifest picked the day after Valentine's Day to drop the gorgeous companion video to "Simple [...]

Crowned "Best Rapper" (in addition to winning "HipHop Song of the Year" for "God MC") at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards, M.anifest picked the day after Valentine's Day to drop the gorgeous companion video to "Simple Love", off his 2016-released album "Nowhere Cool".

Directed by Makere Thekiso with Motheo Moeng in charge of photography, the short film follows a ballet dancer's supple movements in slow-motion, as she winds her way through a bustling street market scenery by a harbour and M.anifest sings: "I want that simple love, money cannot buy."

It looks like the Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter has big things in store for 2018. But for now, "Simple Love" is all we need. 

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Death Is Not The End

UK Label & NTS Radio Broadcaster Readies Yet Another Dusty Excavation

Little seems known about the London-based imprint and monthly NTS Radio show host  Death Is Not The End, specializing in "dusty gospel, blues, folk and excavations from the field". If you are into obscure digs [...]

Little seems known about the London-based imprint and monthly NTS Radio show host  Death Is Not The End, specializing in "dusty gospel, blues, folk and excavations from the field". If you are into obscure digs however, you may find extreme pleasure from rummaging through the label's Bandcamp page and the numerous releases up for grabs, ranging from mid-20th century Louisiana State Penitentiary spirituals to Mexican mushroom ceremonies and Circassian folklore

Earlier this month DINTE kicked off a new series on Greek Rebetika artists, recorded in the US during the '20s and '30s. First in line is George Katsaros with his "Greek Blues in America, Vol.1", which you can listen to and download here on a name your price basis. 

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The Wizard

WATCH: Brazilian Icon Hermeto Pascoal Perform a Free-Spirited Live-Set in São Paulo

In his native Brazil the multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Hermeto Pascoal is no short of a cultural icon and known as 'o bruxo', aka the wizard. UK-based record label Far Out Recordings recently released [...]

In his native Brazil the multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Hermeto Pascoal is no short of a cultural icon and known as 'o bruxo', aka the wizard. UK-based record label Far Out Recordings recently released a lost studio session from 1976, which was one of our favourites of 2017 and is now a staple of our private record collection.

That being said, early last year, Boiler Room uploaded a 50-minute live set of Hermeto Pascoal and his group performing live at Dekmantel São Paulo in front of a sunbathed crowd of partly enthusiastic onlookers. His band features Jota P on winds, Andre Marques on piano, Itiberê Zwarg on bass, Ajurinã Zwarg on drums and Hermeto's son Fabio Pascoal on percussion.

As for the music, well, if you like Brazilian jazz, free improvisation, intricate arrangements and masterful musicianship, then this should be your cup of tea. Watch the full show below. 

 

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Les Tout-Puissants

WATCH: Benin's Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo Perform Live in Berlin (Full Show)

Back in June of last year we first introduced Benin's 'Almighty Polyrhythmic Orchestra of Cotonou' to our readers, on the occasion of their 2016-released "Madjafalao" LP (Because Music). That same month the largest [...]

Back in June of last year we first introduced Benin's 'Almighty Polyrhythmic Orchestra of Cotonou' to our readers, on the occasion of their 2016-released "Madjafalao" LP (Because Music). That same month the largest and officially the longest active African formation performed live in Berlin for the first time ever, adding to their steadily rising acclaim and rocking the crowds at YAAM Berlin with lively and equally virtuosic aplomb.

Today, we are excited to present you the live recording of that night, which you can enjoy below. What more is there to say about this impressive artistic presence and musical showmanship other than, 'wow'!

Then again, there must be a reason this formation has been around for 50-something years and counting.

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King Coya

Taking South American Folklore To New Heights

This one takes us back in time or forward, you decide. Hailing from the Northern Argentine Andes, renowned composer Gaby Kerpel is somewhat of a musical visionary. His digitalised, imaginary alter ego King Coya has [...]

This one takes us back in time or forward, you decide. Hailing from the Northern Argentine Andes, renowned composer Gaby Kerpel is somewhat of a musical visionary. His digitalised, imaginary alter ego King Coya has made a name for himself, by blending traditional elements from Colombian and Peruvian cumbias as well as Argentine folklore with electronic music.

His 2009 release on ZZK Records entitled "Cumbias de Villa Donde" features "an accessible yet timeless collection of original down-tempo, electro folklorica that bridges indigenous music out of South America with global dance". His tracks are the result of live performances at Buenos Aires' Zizek Club, "rich, layered compositions blending the new world with the old, the East and the West, an exercise in digital cross-global pollination" that is not readily pigeonholed.

So without further ado, treat yourselves to this full-length throwback, alias King Coya's "Cumbias de Villa Donde" and if time permits, make sure to check out the special King Coya ZZK mixtape below. Have a nice weekend!

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Guy One

Award-Winning Ghanaian Artist Releases International Debut On Berlin's Philophon Records

Berlin meet Bolgatanga on this recent release via Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon imprint, featuring Guy One. Simply entitled "#1" this is indeed a first for Guy One, "who grew up in remote northern Ghana with no [...]

Berlin meet Bolgatanga on this recent release via Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon imprint, featuring Guy One. Simply entitled "#1" this is indeed a first for Guy One, "who grew up in remote northern Ghana with no schooling, spending a life herding goats, building his own instruments and teaching himself to sing". At home and in the surrounding local villages the award-winning Guy One and his Frafra music are well-adored by a "fervent following", his voice a regular at weddings and funerals as well as on TV. 

Max Weissenfeldt began travelling to Ghana back in 2010, where he chanced upon a CD by Guy One and set out to find him: "Hours later the pair are driving to a funeral; the air is still warm, the metre-thick baobab trees cast shadows on the dusty fields under the shine of the moonlight. The village members are gathered between the mud huts as Guy One quietly picks up his Kologo (a sort of two-string banjo instrument that is fundamental to Frafra music). As he begins with his eulogizing voice, the village members immediately all form a huge circle around him. Witnessing this intense and potent interaction between music and community and life and death, Weissenfeldt knew he needed to get Guy One to Berlin and into a studio."

And so it ensued that in 2013 Guy One left Ghana for the very first time in his life, headed to Berlin to join Weissenfeldt and various band members and began recording an album dictated by groove, rhythm and musical intuition. In 2015 the band was invited to play the renowned Danish Roskilde Festival and a few days ago "#1" was released out into the open: "#1 is an album rooted in tradition as much as it is the contemporary but given the fact that the traditionalism of Frafra music itself is a largely unknown force, the results are more even more potent and stirring in their creations. Choirs, trumpet, organ, bass, drums, synthesiser, vibraphone, saxophone and piano, the album is as bursting with instrumentation as it is with ideas and innovation." Head over to Bandcamp and listen to Guy One's extraordinary musical journey, aka "#1". There is also a mini-series documenting life in Bolgatanga, to be found on the Philophon YouTube channel. Watch Part 1 below.

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Entremundos

Brazilian 10-Piece Nomade Orquestra Reveals An Audio-Visual World Of Sound On Sophomore Album

Hailing from the busy streets of São Paulo and "blending West African themes with Ethiopian jazz and North American styles" are Brazilian ethno-fusion collective Nomade Orquestra. In a review for The Guardian, [...]

Hailing from the busy streets of São Paulo and "blending West African themes with Ethiopian jazz and North American styles" are Brazilian ethno-fusion collective Nomade Orquestra. In a review for The Guardian, Robin Denselow writes: "This inventive, 10-piece instrumental band match a powerful brass section against guitars, drum and bass, creating tuneful big-band music driven by insistent riffs and constantly changing direction."

What he was referring to, was "EntreMundos" (Between Worlds), aka the band's second longplayer, which was recorded at Red Bull Studios in São Paulo and released on Far Out Recordings in May 2017. "EntreMundos is like a cosmic musical playground where Ethio-jazz, Indian classical and Oriental sounds dance around Afro-Brazilian roots rhythms and Northern hemisphere jazz, funk, soul, library music and hip-hop influences." 

It will hardly come as a surprise then that this album has gained Nomade Orquestra international recognition and turned heads across the globe. It doesn't seem like there's a musical influence not included in their rich and groovy tapestry. What's more, the band released a mind-boggling audio-visual companion to their second album, which definitely adds to the experience. Watch below and prepare to enter a world of sound. Also, for further reference, we would recommend this mini documentary.

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Super Liminal


London Afro-Latin Collective Penya Drops Percussion-Led New LP
 

Released late last week via Pete Buckenham's London-based, forward-thinking Jazz imprint On The Corner Records (which was just awarded 'Label of the Year' at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards) and whom you may [...]

Released late last week via Pete Buckenham's London-based, forward-thinking Jazz imprint On The Corner Records (which was just awarded 'Label of the Year' at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards) and whom you may already be familiar with through the Mugwisa International Xylophone Group release in 2017, is the amazingly energetic new "Super Liminal" LP by Afro-Colombian electronic four-piece Penya, aka the band led by multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer and percussive investigator Magnus P.I., alias Magnus Mehta (electric guitar / percussion).

Through extended field trips to Cuba, Morocco, Turkey, India or the streets of South London, "Magnus has built up an extensive knowledge of musical cultures and traditions and has earned a reputation for his creative and innovative approach to percussion", which he now incorporates into the carnivalesque, hypnotic, sound of Penya, be it "Cuban rumba or Haitian house" (Dr Rob, Test Pressing).

"Super Liminal", part of the group's most recent playful investigations into rhythmic patterns and percussive variations is uplifting to say the least and breathes new life into somewhat meditative musical traditions. Hit play on the SoundCloud player above for the full album stream.

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Innov Gnawa

A Performance Of Songs From The Jewish Songbook Of Moroccan Gnawa

If you haven't yet heard of Gnawa music, it is part of a North African tradition of spiritual religious songs and rhythms that remains one of the major musical currents in Morocco to this day. Often dubbed [...]

If you haven't yet heard of Gnawa music, it is part of a North African tradition of spiritual religious songs and rhythms that remains one of the major musical currents in Morocco to this day. Often dubbed 'Moroccan Blues', "Gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania [that has] a raw, hypnotic power"

Based in New York City and formed in 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the Grammy-nominated musical collective Innov Gnawa has been keeping this ancient musical tradition alive, while adding its own contemporary spin. Late last year the outfit performed a two-part set (Set 1 / Set 2) live at the B'nai Israel Synagogue in Baltimore, Maryland, which you can watch a 20-minute excerpt from below; a rare performance of Jewish songs from the Gnawa repertoire: 

"Jews first settled in what is now Morocco as early as 70 CE, and at its peak in the 1940s, Morocco’s Jewish population exceeded 250,000. Early communities settled among and were made up of converted Berbers. A second wave of Sephardic Jews settled in the region after being expelled from the Kingdoms of Spain in 1492.”

For more Gnawa music, feel free to check out Innov Gnawa's self-entitled debut release over here

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Israel's Groove Scene

12 Essential Acts From The Tel Aviv / Jerusalem Scene

Another week has come to an end and thus, with some off-time in sight, we would like to tip our hat to Dave Jenkins and the friendly folks over at Bandcamp for their recent feature on the Israeli groove scene. With [...]

Another week has come to an end and thus, with some off-time in sight, we would like to tip our hat to Dave Jenkins and the friendly folks over at Bandcamp for their recent feature on the Israeli groove scene. With the help of Tel Aviv DJ and producer Sabbo, the article spans 12 essential acts on the local scene, along with links to their respective pages. 

“Maybe it’s a cliché, but Israel is all about fusion in its food, its architecture, and art,” explains Sabbo. “It’s in our genes already to mix things. It’s never been a thing to be a purist. We don’t intend to mix things, it happens naturally.”

The recommended artists and band include familiar faces the likes of Kutiman, Boom Pam and Ouzo Bazooka as well as Jerusalem-based sound man Markey Funk or 'mutated funk' outfit The Apples and afrofunk fusion combo Hoodna Orchestra. Head over to Bandcamp for the full feature and enjoy the extended dig.

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Before the Revolution

Listen To A Mix Of Pre-Revolution Music From Iran

In line with the recent protests in Iran, French daily La Libération published an article earlier this month detailing the continued censorship of music recorded before the revolution of 1979, during the reign of [...]

In line with the recent protests in Iran, French daily La Libération published an article earlier this month detailing the continued censorship of music recorded before the revolution of 1979, during the reign of the Shah. Such is the music by the likes of Gougoush, Ramesh, Zia, Shahram, Shabpareh or Mohammad Nouri that to this day, along with the usual pop music suspects from the Western hemisphere, remains forbidden. 

Ever since the revolution, all cultural production in Iran is under the strict auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to preserve so-called 'public chastity'. It's the ministry that decides if an artist may record his or her music, perform on stage or otherwise diffuse their work. In a 1979 interview with Ayatollah Khomeini, the country's former supreme leader claimed that music from the West "with its implications of pleasure and ecstasy, dulls the spirit" and that pop music "is similar to a drug".

However, during the past years DJs and reissue labels such as Finders Keepers, Pharaway Sounds or Light in the Attic have begun to unearth a host of pre-revolution productions. Take Finders Keepers co-founder Doug Shipton's wonderful "Pomegranates" compilation of 60s/70s Persian pop, funk, folk and psych nuggets for instance. The task is a risky one that demands patience and endurance, seeing as said productions remain illegal in Iran and thus hidden from view, but nonetheless popular. 

To accompany their article, foreign correspondents Marion Armengod and Franck Haderer added a 52-minute Pre-Revolution mix of tracks discovered during their stay, courtesy of French DJ Super Freak. Unfortunately, a tracklist was not included. Listen to the full mix here and read the full article "Téhéran: à la chasse aux chants cachés du Shah" here.

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