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Transglobal Underground (US)

Transglobal Underground… A history…
EARLY 90s

Transglobal Underground had to happen. They refused to accept that dance music had to be four to the floor house. They refused to accept that something called ‘World Music’ ever existed. They slowed down hip-hop and sped up dub. They sang in whatever language they felt like singing in. they were DJs but they played live. Their influence is all over the place, sometimes benign, sometimes joyful, sometimes beautiful and sometimes bloody dreadful. But the price of innovation is often a trail of shite left in your wake. A thousand dodgy car adverts with colourful tribespeople, colonialised blanded out ethnic samples and ten year old beats…that’s not it at all…

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Fanfara Tirana (AL)

Fanfara Tirana is an absolute novelty among Balkan brass bands. In comparison with traditional Slav brass bands this one is different and new thanks to the well articulate music language which is essentially based on a very enthralling melodic path with the support of other instruments. Melody is committed to the clarinet, sax-alto, trumpet and sax tenor expressing their stile of pure improvisation defined as "kaba" (typical of music from South Albania) and "gazel" (typical of music from Tirana and neighburing villages).

These are tipical Albanian songs, full of vitality, of impossible odd times and frenetic passages of north Albania and Kosovo, in which every songs narrates a transit: life death, happiness sadness, pleasure s...

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