The Yamaha PSR OR-700 à la Islam Chipsy

Norient Snap by Sejma Fere

A short story of a keyboard virtuoso from Cairo: Islam Chipsy just released his first vinyl.

Author: Thomas Burkhalter
Quote: Islam Chipsy
Design: Sejma Fere
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter
Sound: Marija Balubdzic Umbra

Directed by Forty-Five Directors

Norient Snap by Basma Bader

In 2013 Curitiba-based electropop band Bonde do Rolê released their music video «Picolé». A video celebrating the popsicle and directed by forty-five directors. Our author asks: How is this possible?

Author: Jesse Samba Wheeler
Design: Basma Bader
Sound: Basma Bader

Gefangen in der Schweiz

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

Im Videokommentar zu «Du verwachsch wieder nume i dinere Wonig» der Schweizer Mundart Philosophen Stahlberger erscheint das im Video inszenierte Therapiegespräch als «Psychogramm einer in sich selbst vereinsamten Schweiz».

Author: Christoph Fellmann
Quote: Stahlberger
Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Stahlberger
Remix: Ali Sayah

Easterndaze: Irony, Kitsch and Noise


Far from folkloristic clichés and beyond the radar of the taste-shaping music press, there are alternative music scenes thriving in Central and Eastern Europe. Watch its most urgent video clips.

Author: Lucia Udvardyová
Quote: Lucia Udvardyova
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

50 Jahre getrennt

Norient Snap by MADAM

Jüdische und muslimische Musiker prägten in den 1950er Jahren in Algerien die Chaabi-Musik. Safinez Bousbia macht sich in «El Gusto» auf die Suche nach den Musikfreunden.

Author: Thomas Burkhalter
Design: MADAM
Sound: lokoi

Daniel Kordík's [Sy][ria]

Norient Snap by Apollonia

An aural assemblage of field recordings from various locations across Syria, made in April and May 2011. The composition is a great example of suspense and orchestration of ready-made sounds.

Author: Lucia Udvardyová
Quote: Lucia Udvardyova
Design: Apollonia
Sound: Dhaka Dub Hierarchy

Resisting Nationalist Narratives

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

Music plays an important role in diaspora communities. But it doesn't just unify its members, it also acts as a tool for political control. A comment on the problematic balance between nationalist propaganda and ethnic identity.

Author: Valentina Monsurrò
Design: Ali Sayah
Remix: Ali Sayah

Mashing Up Living Traditions

Norient Snap by Ahmad Hammoud

In 2012, Switzerland has presented it's Inventory of Living Traditions in Switzerland. Some of the listed practices of intangible cultural heritage have inspired Patrica Jäggi to create her own list – a suspenseful sound montage.

Author: Patricia Jäggi
Quote: Patricia Jäggi
Design: Ahmad Hammoud
Photo: Buggeros/Wikimedia
Sound: Kinda Hassan

Five Video Clips from Cameroon

Norient Snap by Ali Kazmi

The video production industry in Cameroon (Cameroun) is booming like never before. This a compilation of 5 videos that were or are some the hits the young teens love to watch nowadays.

Author: Tatjana Rauls
Design: Ali Kazmi
Sound: Ali Kazmi

A Little Bit of Rasterinha

Norient Snap by Csenge Csato

As some of you know, there is a new movement coming from de Rio de Janeiro, in a new style called Rasterinha. Some producers call it raggafunk or axé funk. An brief introduction to a new genre.

Author: Renato Martins
Quote: Renato Martins
Design: Csenge Csato
Photo: Pxhere
Sound: Roland Nagy

Jeans for Jesus Video-Selection

Norient Snap by Shadharon Chobi

2013 überraschten die Berner Indie-Electropopper aus Bern mit einem knalligen Video zu ihrem Sommerhit «Estavayeah». Für Norient kommentieren Jeans for Jesus ihre wichtigsten Einflüsse von Gangsta-Rap bis Surrealismus.

Author: Jeans for Jesus
Quote: Jeans for Jesus
Design: Shadharon Chobi
Photo: Jeans for Jesus
Sound: Dhaka Dub Hierarchy