Posted on March 6, 2014
Sudanese singer Alsarah has been dubbed as the princess of Nubian pop and calls herself a self-claimed practitioner of Sudanese retro-pop. Born in Sudan and raised in the US, the singer / songwriter with a degree in ethnomusicology has been making waves over the past few years with her beautifully haunting voice and 21st century interpretations of North and East African music.
Alsarah and her family moved to the US when she was just 12 years, escaping increasing limits on freedom in her native Sudan and then civil war in Yeman. Her music represents a homage to her musical roots, revisiting the traditional Nubian music of Southern Sudan and Northern Egypt. She first became known globally for her participation in the ’Nile Project‘, a collaboration between musicians from the Nile Basin that combined music and education to explore the region’s cultural and environmental challenges.
Then last year, in a rather unexpected move, she broke out of the ‘world music’ pigeon hole, collaborating with French electronic producer Débruit to release a critically acclaimed album on British label Soundway Records fusing experimental electronica with her haunting Sudanese vocals.
Alsarah has also combined her music with politics and human rights, releasing a song encouraging Sudanese people to vote ahead of the 2010 landmark elections and being a member of WISE Muslim Women, an organisation working to give a voice to Muslim women. She also took part in the first music festival in Somalia for almost 20 years.
I actually see these endeavors as part of my music. I sing about migration, voluntary and forced, I sing about people the world likes to ignore except when speaking of them in the past, and I sing about what it means to yearn for home. I also sing about survival and love and joy, which is how people continue despite policies that change the course of their existence.
Posted on March 4, 2014
British electronic music duo LV are back with another project exploring the cross over between two musical worlds – this time focussing on the mix between Morrocan Gnawa music with jazz, electronica and hip-hop. Following on from their plunge into the world of South African house, this latest project supported by Italian non-profit Original Cultures, began as a one-off live show in Bologna between LV (as Swamillion) and Italian experimental group the Fawda Trio.
Building on this first step the project team now wants to take it further with a crowdfunded project to send the musicians to Essaouira, Morocco (home to the renowned Gnawa festivla) to record an album. LV are amongst the few forward-thinking electronic music producers pushing themselves out from behind their Macbook Pros to explore new musical avenues and directions. A project worthy of some support, at least to find out what the end product will be!
Find out more via Indiegogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/629691/wdgi
Posted on February 26, 2014
Que Pasa Colombia is snapshot of the flourishing modern Colombia music scene. The home of Salsa, Cumbia and Champeta, Colombia has played a very special role in the story of Latin American music. A melting pot of African, European and Indigenous culture gave birth to an incredibly rich and diverse musical heritage. This incredible history is today being rejuvenated by a new generation of musicians and producers, taking the rhythms and traditions from the mountains to the pacific and revisiting them for the 21st century.
The film was inspired and influenced by Canalh’s brilliant Au revoir Colombie Mix, so here is the soundtrack to the film and a great place to start to get into Colombia’s vibrant music scene.
Find out more about Que Pasa Colombia here.
Posted on February 25, 2014
It has been nearly five years since Rhythm and Roots first started back in Blogspot days with a post tracing the lines between the modern and the traditional Cumbia scene in Buenos Aires. Today marks the third reincarnation of Rhythm and Roots, a blog started to showcase the diverse and exciting music scenes and communities emerging in cities all over the world from Mexico City to Montreal, from Glasgow to Luanda. Giving a home to music that crosses borders, fuses genres and epitomises the global-local times we live in.
So, we are back and have a lot of exciting things up our sleeves – from a monthly radio show to a new platform for to release music (and of course plenty of content along the way!)
To keep you tiding over here is another incredible fresh new mix from one of our favourite producers and a pioneer in this new global music space Uproot Andy (just listen to the first three minutes to find out why!!)
Posted on October 2, 2013
As Autumn dawns in the Northern Hemisphere we return with another selection of global treats for your earbuds. This is global music in its essence, songs that push borders and traverse genres, mixing folk with electronica, modernity with tradition. It is also music that will make your feet shuffle and your head nod. The perfect antidote to a cold, frosty morning or the adequate accompaniment to a warm, sticky Friday evening. Put it on loud and enjoy! Full tracklist after the jump.
Posted on September 15, 2013
Posted on September 2, 2013
In the sea of music that washes over our eyes and ears everyday there are those moments that really stand out. EPs, tracks or albums that cut through the masses and make you smile, think or blow you away with something truly different. These are a couple of releases over the past few months that have done exactly that.
Umoja – Vuelo Nocturno
(18th August, INI Movement)
Umoja are a couple of talented young guys making roots-heavy tropical bass from their bedrooms in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The duo have had a steady release of well-produced, grooving, original tunes and their latest release shows their sound maturing and constantly improving. A blend of dubby cumbia, cut up samples, flutes, shakers, bird song and bass, Vuelo Nocturno is a breath of fresh air that manages to simultaneously celebrate global roots and digital culture.