The Living Gods of Haiti’s music is a powerful fusion of esoteric imagery and ethereal electronic music. Originally conceived as a spoken word project by singer, poet and visual artist Rebekah Dobbins, its sonic universe was created with Parisian producer Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague, Yasmine Hamdan). Taking their name from Maya Deren’s documentary film on ritual dance and voodoo, ‘Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti’, the duo set out to create an all encompassing aesthetic for debut album Bone Dry, one that drew as much from the writings of EE Cummings, Aleister Crowley or the Zoroastrian Avesta as it did from the music of Dead Can Dance, David Bowie or the Cocteau Twins.
Two Parisians, Ivan Smagghe and Tim Paris, exiled in London for the better part of the last ten years set out to with It’s A Fine Line to cultivate their own paradoxical vision of house music and disco. For this eponymous album, Tim and Ivan recruited three double agents: Alex Kapranos, singer of Franz Ferdinand; the mysterious voice of Olivia de Lanzac from cult band Quad Throw Salchow and the pitched down spectre of label companion C.A.R. Three tweaked but prominent voices, joining in an album that confounds through its coherent eclecticism.
Ahead of the release of their new album, Navega!, at the end of September, Marseille stalwarts Moussu T e lei Jovents – featuring Tatou from the legendary Massilia Sound System – return with a new video for album-opener ‘Cosmopolida’ and a contemporary sound that bears more than a trace of desert blues. Feel the heat!
The MOSAIQUES festival is returning to London’s Rich Mix once again for its 16th edition, growing this year and offering two nights of music on the 14th and 15th of October.
MOSAIQUES is a festival of world culture, celebrating diversity in music, film and the arts from all over the world. This year’s live music line-up for the main shows at Rich Mix will feature cutting-edge contemporary music produced in France, UK, Turkey and beyond, with a mix of genres to delight all ears.
The first acts to be announced are Acid Arab and Vaudou Game. Headlining Saturday 15th at Rich Mix, Acid Arab were DJs at MOSAIQUES two years ago but now they’re back to unveil their debut album, Musique de France, and a brand new live show. On Fri 14th, Vaudou Game will also be celebrating the launch of their second album with a set of feverish Togo funk. Details of more events and artists will follow.
There are early bird prices for the 1st and 2nd nights of the festival as well as a limited early bird two-day pass until 1st Sept.
The southern Algerian band have been receiving serious press attention in the UK – a recent Guardianinterview described their debut album as “one of the strongest releases the new Tuareg revolution has produced.” They also have a stack of UK dates coming up this summer, so there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the full force of the band on stage – honed playing throughout Europe in support of Kurt Vile.
They’ve also just unviled stunning visuals to accompany the track ‘Tarha Tadagh’