We had the chance to talk with Sofyann Ben Youssef aka AMMAR 808. Mixing Gnawa, Targ and Raï North African music with electronic beats in a perfect balance to take you to a new zone, where you can imagine a different world influenced by a touch of Sci-Fi We could also chat with Sia Rosenberg, the creative person behind the amazing visuals they projected along the concert.
Many times trying to make it there but unfortunately other compromises kept us away from it… But this year, in the already 20th edition, we from World is Music will be in full presence to experience the joy of different musical traditions from all the world and to expand our musical horizons!
This festival, organised by the city council of Sines, is the biggest event of world music in Portugal and folkloric expressions of different societies. A true gem when it comes to speak about summer celebrations: 59 concerts from every continent and almost 2/3 of its program is for free, happening in different streets of Porto Covo the first weekend and in Sines the next week.
Lisbon, certainly one of Southern Europe’s cultural centers, is in constant movement. This can be seen, for instance, by one of the festivals that the city hosts this week in the famous MusicBox. We are speaking about Jameson Urban Routes, an urban music festival established 7 years ago that seeks to bring many upcoming talents and already known ones on stage, from an alternative background and without limitations in their style of music.
The 2017 edition of the Italian electronic and experimental music festival FAT FAT FATrun by the Italian collective Harmonized Soundsystem has again exceeded all expectations. From August 4-6 we experienced the mix of musical quality and an unbelievable setting between the historical piazza of the medieval town Morrovalle and a beautiful old farm site in Corridonia, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. This festival convinced in his only second edition with a high-end line up including the likes of the Yussef Kamaal Trio, Nightmares on Wax, Funkineven, the incredible Jayda G or the producer-collector Awesome Tapes from Africa. Continuing on this track it will be no wonder to soon find the FAT FAT FAT among the best-curated alternative electronic music festivals in Europe.
Already in its second edition, the FAT FAT FAT Festivalorganised by the Italian electronic music collective Harmonized seems like it will have a bright future to come. Taking place between August 4 – 6 in the romantic region around the small historic towns of Corridonia and Morrovalle, some 20kms away from the Eastern Adriatic Coast in Italy, the setting is one of its charms – but not only.
We from World is Music have prepared a cozy and sweet warm up mix for the Fat Fat Fat. Expect a selection of tracks from many of the artists who are going this year. You will find some smooth jazz, disco, house and even techno in this mixtape for one of the best events of this year…
Just before their first concert in Madrid, we met Henry Wu and the Kamaal Williams Ensemble at the Fundación Telefónica. The guys received us with an amazing openness and we spent the very last minutes before they went on stage chatting about their music, their impression of the Peckham scene and simply about life. We discovered that some of the guys are already dads and the three had already known each other for many years before starting this new project together: The Kamaal Ensemble with MckNasty on the drums, Tom Driessler on the bass, and last but not least, Henry Wu aka Kamaal Williams on the keyboard and synths. Yet, the Ensemble is open to collaborations with other musicians, like Tenderlonius joining them for some of their gigs in London.