Global sounds: of Niger desert blues to groovy psych-pop from Anatolia
MDOU MOCTAR (Sahel Sounds/Nigeria)
Those who want to find their way in the wonderful world of global sounds will come quite a way with excellent labels like Soundway, World Circuit, Honest Jon’s, Sublime Frequencies or Glitterbeat. Thanks to label boss Christopher Kirkley, who can easily be described as the modern day Alan Lomax, Sahel Sounds has also become one of those unmissable benchmarks. To him we owe the discovery of Les Filles De Illigahdad (recently catchy at BRDCST) and the desert blues of Mdou Moctar.
On his debut, Mdou Moctar further distinguished himself from other Touareg acts, like Bombino or Tinariwen, by the striking use of the auto-tune. Live, Mdou Moctar mostly sounds raw and extremely energetic. Moctar also provided the music for the very first Touareg film 'Akounkounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai’ about a young musician who wants to make it big. Fun Fact: the film was a remake of 'Purple Rain'.
DERYA YILDIRIM & GRUP ŞIMŞEK (Turkey/Germany/UK/France)
Upon hearing Turkey’s Derya Yildirim, it only takes a few seconds until your soul willingly allows itself to be bowled over. This singer/multi-instrumentalist namely possesses a unique voice that exudes both melancholy and longing. Musically, she is accompanied by Grup Şimşek that excels with its hypnotic Anatolian psych-pop. Let’s just say: a smooth mix of Turkish folk, grooves and psychedelica.
Aside from own compositions, Derya Yildirim also interprets gems by Turkish artists like (protest)singer Selda Bağcan (fans: AB, DJ Lefto, 2ManyDj’s,...), rock pioneer Barış Manço, Moğollar (founding father of Turkish folk rock) and the Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet.
A piece of trivia for the benefit of your inner joy: those who fall for the sound of Derya Yildirim, will also love Altin Gün who is to perform at Global Street Sounds (17.09.2017) in AB.
soundtrack by Rebel Up DJ