Awesome Tapes From Africa & Pierre Kwenders | FG meets Re:Boot
Date: Saturday, July 19th, 2018Doors open: 9pmFacebook Event
LINEUP:Pierre Kwenders (Live) (Spotify)Awesome Tapes From Africa (DJ-Set)(Homepage)RE:BOOT SoundsystemTom Simmert (lecture)
Let's dig into the sounds of Africa!We're very proud to connect with RE:BOOT from Offenbach to enjoy not only great sounds from Pierre Kwenders (live), Awesome Tapes From Africa and the RE:BOOT Soundsystem, but also a lecture about African Music conquering the European club scene by Tom Simmert.About RE:BOOT //RE:BOOT is a collective of artists, designers, researchers, DJs and promoters with a background in music and creative industries. For their party series RE:BOOT Africa they join forces with the Archiv für die Musik Afrikas Mainz (AMA).The archive of the AMA ranges from field Recordings of Traditional chants from the 1950s to South-African Kwaito Records from the 1990s.Their aim is to renew the perception of non-western subculture by spreading the knowledge and music which has been collected there. RE:BOOT Soundsystem delivers eclectic DJ-sets containing exclusive and never-heard records of the archive in combination with contemporary dance productions from the African continent.About Awesome Tapes From Africa //Since 2006, Brian Shimkovitz's Awesome Tapes From Africa blog has been shedding light on obscure and wonderful sounds from across the continent.As a DJ he brings the blog to life with 2-3 hour sets blending folkloric pop, left-field dance floor gems and Hip-Hop bangers he's collected all over Africa.Traveling from club to festival to DIY space, Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ sets celebrate the music and musicians whose cassettes Shimkovitz has collected over the years. In 2011 ATFA developed into a critically acclaimed vinyl label, re-releasing records by African artists including Ata Kak, Bola, Dur-Dur Band, Hailu Mergia and just this week Penny Penny. The label plays an essential role in furthering Brian's mission to build an international audience for African music through touring and re-issues. Drawing on his vast African cassette archive — which includes Highlife, Fuji, Benga, Tsonga disco, Soukous, Hip-Hop, Rhumba and Ethio-Soul, among countless other genres — his role now combines that of educator, promoter and selector. His DJ sets on twin tape decks explore deep, regional sounds using analog-anchored agility not heard/seen anywhere else.About Pierre Kwenders:The Montreal-based afro-Canadian singer builds musical bridges between Africa and the rest of the world. Combining four languages in his lyrics you can easily hear the many impacts on his music. Kwenders was born in Kinshasa and moved with his family to Montreal when he was a teenager. His first taste of performance came in the city’s Congolese-Catholic choir, followed by years of youthful exploration alongside intrepid Quebecois Hip-Hop, electronic, and Afropop producers. He released his first EP, Whisky & Tea, in 2013, and his first album, Le Dernier Empereur Bantou — “The Last Bantu Emperor,” a reference to the Bantu Empire that flourished in Central Africa for centuries before colonization—the following year. Even then he was subsuming distance and crunching genres to establish a kind of musical ubiquity. His new Album "Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time" is his way of building a bridge between Africa and the world as he continues to challenge perceptions of the continent, and the label "world music."
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