release new album ‘Kaani’ out 9th September
On Fat Cat Records
Straight from Niamey, Niger, Tal National are set to move from hometown hero status in their native landlocked, desert-dominated West African country to the global stage, thanks to their recent signing to FatCat and their first tour dates outside of Niger, starting at the Chicago World Music Festival in September 2013.
Revered regionally for their mix of Saharan and West African sounds and for their intense guitar work and upbeat vibe, Tal National make striking music, despite a constant dearth of available instruments and a complete lack of local studios. Their sound combines gritty electric sounds and layered, intriguing percussion including the talking drum. Tal National’s songs find a looping, trance-inducing quality (think desert blues), delivered with a true joy and vitality (think highlife or mbalax), and is comprised of a combination of original compositions and new arrangements of old West African folk songs.
“In the music of Tal National you hear the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes. Collected within the borders of a former French colony are Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Taureg populations all or whom are represented in the musicians of Tal National….These African roots sounds are all delivered with virtuoso precision and an energetic immediacy that reminds you that this is the sound of nightlife in a modern African city.” – Nathanial Braddock / Old Town School of Folk Music
Finally Alex Dimitri’s new single is ready to be released on BBE.
It includes the original version of “Africa” that was already chosen by Osunlade for his compilation “Passages” (bbe), as well as a remix of “Africa” which is especially hot on the dancefloor. It will take you to another dimension, a world where you will travel among streams, forest and animals. Feel this track with your soul, reset your mind and you will be free to move your body without rules.
Furthermore there is the sweet tune “Heaven” featuring the violinist Michele Calogiuri… You just have to listen to it to understand the feeling.
M.O.D. TECHNOLOGIES created by the principle members of Method Of Defiance. This label is a modern evolution of the original AXIOM label – for the purpose of destroying, discerning musical genres, trends, approved or unapproved formats, false ideas and other unnecessary borders. All releases are the direct manifestations of Bill Laswell and other key members of the collective. The label is formed for the advancement of art and communication, in all forms of the creative process.
Method of Defiance Features All-Star Crew of:
Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Dr. Israel, Hawk, DJ Krush, Toshinori Kondo and Guy Licata.
Click HERE to Stream the Song “One World” or below
Grammy-winning electric bassist, producer, and re-mixer BillLaswell has worked with many of music’s biggest names on the planet, including Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, GeorgeClinton, Brian Eno, Tony Williams, Mick Jagger, Williams Burroughs, Afrika Bambaataa, Motorhead, John Lydon, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Matisyahu, Anthony Braxton, Sting, Zakir Hussein, John Zorn, and hundreds more from the Americas, Africa The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, China, and Japan. Laswell has built a reputation on consistently working with a diverse array of artists, and rejecting the restrictions of genre, tradition, and commerce in favor or taking risks and uniting seemingly disparate voices. It is with this ethos that he has formed the record label M.O.D.Technologies, which is set to release albums this October by the group MethodofDefiance and one of Ethiopia’s most famous contemporary vocalists, Gigi. In addition, the label is planning releases from Dr. Israel, Gnawa Fusion, Afa Negus, and DJ Krush in the near future.
Method of Defiance is an all-star cast that consists of the following members:
BILL LASWELL (see collaborations above) BERNIEWORRELL (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads, Keith Richards) DR. ISRAEL (Sublime, The Mad Professor, KillahPriest) HAWK (Tricky, Tool, The Roots’ Black Thought) DJKRUSH (Ronny Jordan, Luna Sea & Ryuichi Sakamoto) TOSHINORI KONDO (Herbie Hancock, Derek Bailey, Henry Kaiser, Peter Brotzmann) GUY LICATA (Santigold, Massive Attack, Hercules & Love Affair)
Method of Defiance will release three albums, first the immediately accessible Jahbulon (October 5th): Ten songs featuring vocalists Dr. Israel and Hawk, keyboardist / Funkadelic icon Bernie Worrell, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and post modern/futurist drummer, Guy Licata. A cross-generational affair that incorporates elements of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, dub, electronica, rock, roots music and more. The beauty lies within its ability to touch on multiple overlapping cultural reference points.
This will be followed (October 19th) by Incunabula a spontaneous improvisation of musical interaction. The album’s lineup includes Bill Laswell onbass and dub efx, Bernie Worrell onkeyboards, Guy Licata ondrums, Dr. Israel ondub efx, turntable master DJ Krushand on electric trumpet Japan’s own, sound and fury – Toshinori Kondo with a special appearance by keyboard legend Herbie Hancock.
Ending the trilogy in Jan 2011 with the remix project Dub Arcanum Arcandrum a mix of both Jahbulon (the vocal) and Incunabula (the instrumental) by Bill Laswell, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor, Dr. Israel, DJ Krush, and others.
Stay tuned for more info on Gigi, whose album Mesgana Ethiopia will be released on October 19th.
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