Beirut > Seoul > Cape Town > Tokyo
At Sonar 2017 I caught up with a few artists from Red Bull Music Academy - Etyen from Beirut, the Cape Town boys from Christian Tiger School, Tokyo's Crystal / Sparrows and Korean female producer MIIN. We covered subcultures emerging from South Africa, the SAWA Music Residency 2017 refugee project, Tokyo's music scene and growing up as female producer in Korea - listen to the interviews and sets here!
Meet Ramsha Shakeel. Raania Durrani. Rahema Khan. Natasha Noorani. Natasha Ejaz. Just names...but these women represent the burgeoning Pakistani indie music scene from producing, creating works of art to even organising festivals. Get to know the ladies here via Wild City.
Rainbow Riots is a charity that is launching an album featuring LGBT artists from countries where it's not acceptable or it's against the law to be gay. The album is a protest platform to those who explicitly incite violence against the LGBT community worldwide and give artists whose voices aren't heard a chance to express themselves through music. Featured artists come from Jamaica, South Africa, Uganda and Malawai - more from Dazed.
In its 24th year, Sonar still remains the most respected advanced music festival worldwide. The music was immense and so was getting to know the artists - I represented Radar Radio and had 1-2-1 chats with performers Benji B, Fat Freddy's Drop and Soulection.
Benji spoke about the making of legendary night Deviation and Gilles Peterson's record collection; FFD gave me insights into the News Zealand music scene and Soulection took me through their journey starting out on student radio through to amassing millions and recording on Beats 1. Listen here.
SAWA is a music and cultural exchange program open for young musicians living in Lebanon across different social backgrounds. There are nearly as many refugees in Lebanon as Lebanese, comprising of Syrians and Palestineans that have been around for over 50 years. The residency aims to bring people together from these different backgrounds and open up lines of communication through music - learn more.
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