WORM and Pantropical proudly host this year’s official Arab Film Festival afterparty. Cheb Gero from the Parisian Akuphone label, Rebel Up Duckfood and Discourse will DJ fantastic old and new dance tunes from the Arab world.
✹ CHEB GERO (fr | Akuphone) Cheb Gero (Fabrice Gery) is a music lover who runs the international Akuphone label from Paris. Fabrice’s DJ alias illustrates the diversity of the musical worlds he shares: ‘Cheb’ is a homage to Algerian Raï singers, whereas ‘Gero’ refers to the Japanese noise cult band of the same name, and to his own surname. His DJ sets consist of a broad range of music; Arab, African, and (South East) Asian folk, grooves and beats. soundcloud.com/cheb-gero • https://akuphone.com
✹ DUCKFOOD (roffa | Pantropical, Rebel Up) Duckfood’s awe-inspiring music collection absorbs anything from Renaissance to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are colourful and not preoccupied by categorization. Because of his love for the Maghreb and Arab music he is hellbent to make something extra special of this evening. soundcloud.com/rebeluppa/zl-alibah-rebel-up-libya-duckfood-stomper
✹ DISCOURSE (ir/nl | Fwd: Gher Space) discourse (Katayoun Arian) is an Iranian-Dutch DJ, curator and writer. She is the founder of Fwd: Gher Space, an Amsterdam-based platform that aims to be a home for a growing community of women and female DJs in particular. The platform strives to connect music loving audiences, VJs, dancers, artists and allies with different experiences, cultural backgrounds and gender identities, to diverse musical traditions, communities, and venues. Her writing often deals with questions of decoloniality and communality. soundcloud.com/katayounamsterdam
Pantropical is a frenzied concert/club/dance series focussing on rough-edged tropical music, rural folklore, contemporary club, global bass and more. Pantropical balances the new with the trailblazers of old, seeking out authenticity and new movements.
≈ ATA KAK (GH) | Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Pantropical is super thrilled to introduce the Ghanaian electronic/rap/hiplife–highlife sensation ATA KAK, the man who kick-started the whole Awesome Tapes From Africa phenomenon!
Ata Kak’s cassette “Obaa Sima” was almost completely ignored upon its release in Ghana back in 1994. But when musicologist Brian Shimkovitz stumbled upon the tape at a street stall in Cape Coast, Ghana eight years later, it formed the catalyst for his new venture, the Awesome Tapes from Africa blog. Shimkovitz wrote of Ata Kak’s music in his inaugural post: “This is it. The song is called ‘Moma Yendodo’. You may never hear anything like this elsewhere. No one I know in Ghana listens to this frenetic leftfield rap madness.” The music on the recording – a mix of highlife, Twi-language rap, funk, hip-hop and electronica – traverses a rich and varied (international) pop music landscape, while also reflecting contemporary Ghanaian music of the period. Presented with the sweaty passion of a Prince record and the lo-fi recording charm of early Chicago house music, Obaa Sima’s joyous soul and casual brilliance made the enigmatic Ata Kak an underground internet sensation and a party-starter the world over. After more than a decade of searching Brian finally tracked down the singer. www.facebook.com/atakak.ghana/ www.awesometapes.com/ata-kak/
Pre&after party will be in the hands of R’dam homeboys:
≈ AFROBOT (nl | Salamanca Label)
Afrobot is an avid collector and versatile selector of all kinds of pantropical craziness. For this one he’ll be slaving away through his crates to dig up some (quote) and other afrodelic tastes. soundcloud.com/afrobot