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Angharad Davies (UK)


There are at least two groups named Monomono:

(1) Despite a reputation as one of Nigeria’s most successful and best Afro-Beat boom bands, information about Monomono remains scarce on the Internet. Even the normally dependable, All Music Guide, lacks a bio on the three-piece outfit. I’ll presume it’s due to Google searches yielding results on “the kissing disease,” not Monomono’s definition in Yoruba: Dawn of Awareness.

Fronted by golden-throated frontman, Johnny Haastrup (also known as Joni), Dawn of Awareness saw release on Capitol/EMI in 1974. Unsurprisingly, it takes direct cues from Nigerian funk overlord, Fela Kuti, who’d previously employed Monomono co-founder, Friday Jumbo, as a conguero. In fact, the album c...

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Axel Dörner (DE)

Axel Dorner is a trumpet player from Berlin, who works in the fields of composed music, improvisation and jazz.
"Axel Dorner has a panoramic perspective on the trumpet. In his hands, it can sing with all the glorious history jazz has invested in it. Or, alternatively, it can be reduced to an improvisor's "objet trouvé" - twisted clumb of clumber's refuse, metal tube of given length with several holes and plugs given over to variances in hissing and whistling."
Dorner is considered as one of most important improvisation musicians in europe. He developed new playing techniques and also uses electronics in relation to his trumpet playing.
Axel Dorner played a.o. with Tom Cora, Mats Gustafsson, Keith Rowe, Andrea Neumann an...

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Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (GR)