• Derek Walmsley
    Reggae is rich with questions of belonging, but instead of domesticity it focuses on the state of limbo. After watching the film «Being Blacker», Derek Walmsley examines how the Brixton figurehead Blacker Dread struggles with what he once called home.
  • Andy Bennett
    The relationship between music and place has a long history. This article discusses the academic discourses regarding the relationship between music and place.
  • Sandeep Bhagwati
    Sandeep Bhagwati works in various musical traditions and has roots in Asia, Europe and North America. He self-identifies as a Native Alien and claims: to feel unquestioned ties to one’s own place.
  • Shayna Silverstein
    For centuries dabke was a local tradition in Syria, but in the late 1990s, it has become urban. Thereby, the popular dance music was reimaginated and globalized. Under the name «new wave dabke» special stylistic idoms have become noticeable.
  • Julian Bonequi
    For the Norient exhibition «Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World» the Mexican hybrid artist and label owner Julian Bonequi compiled a mixtape taken from live performances, radio shows, and studio recordings from his label Audition Records.
  • Jaimie Baron
    Recycling footage has long been a practice in music videos. By freeing images from their original temporality and intended pupose and setting them to music, artists transform their meaning and generate an emotional experience of the past.
  • Hannes Liechti
    After being invited by the Iwalewahaus Bayreuth the Nairobi-based electronic musician and producer DJ Raph did an artist residency in Germany, rummaging through the institution’s extensive music archive of ethnographic field recordings from Africa.
  • Hannes Liechti
    In the tracks of the San Francisco-based artist, sampling is as much identity-generating as a political tool. Here are five reasons why sampling is so important in the ambient-shaped tracks of the upcoming producer.
  • Oli Warwick
    The metropolis Hong Kong is a world finance and multi-cultural capital. But when it comes to culture, local artists call it an «art desert». Yet, the underground club music scene is working on a change.
  • Yassin «The Narcicyst» Alsalman
    Iraqi-Canadian rapper The Narcicyst knows how it feels to be young and Muslim in a post-9/11 world. Today, he considers himself a world citizen and aims for an individual identity that includes his origin, his home, and his community.
  • Greg Feldwick (Slugabed)
    To belong to a place, a country, or a city is an old fashioned way to live in a world of multi-sited modernities. Instead, we create our belonging through friends, information, images, and sounds across the globe. A «belonging» mix by Slugabed.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Swiss-Ghanaian singer and musician Joy Frempong of the duo OY made a trip to Southern and Western Africa to collect sounds and stories for their music. She tells us how she re-works these samples and what she is sometimes worries about.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Mit dem Noiseprojekt Sudden Infant befreit der Schweizer Musiker Joke Lanz unterdrückte Körperklänge. Seine Noise-Sprache ist das Resultat seiner biografischen Prägung und Sozialisierung in den Achtzigerjahren.
  • Jan Dvorak
    Der Song «Sugarbread» der Gothic-Musikerin Soap&Skin alias Anja Plaschg ist eine Teenager-Tragödie. Aber auch ein Exorzismus - und Plaschg eine Besessene und Priesterin zugleich. Denn sie ahnt: Der Mensch ist ein liebesunfähiges Wesen.
  • David Hunziker
    Simon Küffer alias Tommy Vercetti ist einer der wichtigsten Schweizer Rapper. Seine sozialkritischen Texte gehen einher mit seinem politischen Engagement als bekennender Marxist. Folkloristisches Lokalkolorit findet er widerlich.
  • Katyussa Veiga
    The photo series on the Bolivian underground punk band Gato Diablo represents the band's constant search for new places. It is a fragmentary, urban spirit, deeply rooted in tradition that speaks out to us here.
  • Somar Ashkar
    A group of students, musicologists, and musicians at the Humboldt University of Berlin aimed to reach out to contemporary artists from underground scenes in Pakistan. An interview with Anaasir aka Alien Panda Jury about his hybrid music project «Mandal».
  • Hannes Liechti
    It is the very discrete mixture of samples, jazz vocals, folk spirit, live instrumentation and experimental electronics that characterizes the weird and beautiful song sketches of interdisciplinary artist Yatta Zoker from Brooklyn, NY.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    There has always been a compulsive instinct to locate music geographically. But didn't it stand for a world without borders? The new album of the club music producer Nídia could decolonize music with hyperactive, hybrid and bass-heavy sounds.
  • Elisabeth Stoudmann
    The FEMUA festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, boasts around 100,000 spectators. Today it's an important springboard for artists who are starting out, from hip hop to zouglou. A report from a gathering that strives for conduit of union and social cohesion.
  • Emma Dabiri
    With her video «Orangutan» Italian artist and activist Karima 2G responded on racist comments of Italian politicians in the context of the election of Italy's first black government minister Cécile Kyenge in 2013.
  • Raffael Dörig
    An average pop song counts around one thousand notes, while a typical Black MIDI track is several millions. Black MIDI composers – called «Blackers» – try to challenge computers, ears, and eyes with enormous numbers of super-short and dense notes.
  • Dominik Irtenkauf
    Die botswanische Death Metal-Band Overthrust tourte 2016 durch Deutschland. Sie trafen auf offene Ohren, aber auch geschlossene Weltbilder. War es der Kunst-Kontext des Theaters, der den Exotismus-Faktor offenbarte?
  • Ziad Nawfal
    Hamed Sinno is the lead singer of the Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila. In this podcast he talks about belonging, identity, and representation. And about what does it mean to make music as a Lebanese artist in a global context.
  • Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey
    In Karachi, Pakistan, very early in the morning, you hear the birds. Then, around seven, buses and rickshaws tune in. Then more and more people. They don’t talk here, they yell. A short quote from the Norient book «Seismographic Sounds».
  • Francesco Fusaro
    Trap has conquered Italy's Charts with its own idiosyncratic take. Artists descended from immigrants raise political issues in an European society that is seeing ever-growing support of right wing ideas.
  • Francesco Fusaro
    A new generation of Italian trap has quickly re-appropriated the music and made it the most bottom-up, teenage-oriented repertoire to make it into Italian mainstream media and music charts in the last couple of years. Listen to a mixtape by Francesco Fusaro
  • Eric Mandel
    The Lebanese musician Malikah started to rap out of rage. She travels between the streets of Beirut to Europe's avant-garde spaces. Norient caught up with her to talk about her sense of belonging in an English-speaking, male-dominated hip hop scene.
  • Wendy Hsu
    Taqwacore combines an alternative practice of Islam with a punk ethos, best known through the U.S. band The Kominas. Norient's 4-part series of Wendy Hsu deals with the band's experiences as brown-identified, South Asian Americans living in the US.
  • Lucia Udvardyová
    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.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    The human body is a drilled animal. The meta-national art and music collective NON Worldwide opposes this. Their performance «The Great Disappointment» at CTM Festival aimed at decolononizing the dancefloor by creating sensual disorientation.
  • Sidney Sutter
    The crowd-shaped web documentary gives an insight into the unknown Eritrean music scene in Switzerland. The first Episode is centred around Switzerland-based Eritrean musicians and bands.
  • Eric Mandel
    Yasmine Hamdan, hyped singers of the Arab world, talks about her fascination for Asmahan Al-Atrash being the first female punk and Western misconceptions of the Arab worlds.
  • Heinrich Deisl
    The austrian artist Soap&Skin makes highly dialectic music. In her self made video with grainy black-and-white images of the song «Sugarbread» she invokes nothing less than the cleansing power of the apocalypse.
  • Miguel Hilari
    In the podcast the two members members of the Bolivian experimental hardcore punk band Gato Diablo Bernardo Reb Rojas and Espírito speak about what it means to live in Boliva, funding strategies of their music and nationalistic feelings in Bolivia.
  • Ute Fendler
    The Neo-R&B musician Minje is influenced by a multitude of music styles and art forms, such as Nam June Paik's video art or Chet Baker's trumpet-playing. For him, music is always hybrid and creates a wave that is constantly moving to connect people.
  • Werner Hasler
    In the podcast Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran talks about her biography, being a musician in Europe, the power of music, and her song «Suite Nomade, Pt. 1», based on poetry from World War I about the state of war and how it effects fragile communities.
  • Luca Gricinella
    The first article on Norient.com in Italian is a commentary on the 2014 music video «Orangutan» by artist and activist Karima 2G. A commentary from the Norient book «Seismographic Sounds».
  • Eduardo Navas
    Just like words to create sentences, songs and artworks have become building blocks for new ones. In his essay, Eduardo Navas proposes a future in which constant updates and connectivity will become ubiquitous.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    In Botswana, heavy metal is a subversive form of self-expression, especially if the fans are female. The South African photographer Paul Shiakallis captured the metal «queens» in their homes. Norient spoke to him about his experiences with the Marok.
  • Jackie Perreira
    In the context of the new recording project 1+1 by Norient and Sound Development, one of the first female Iranian rappers Salome MC and multilingual rapper Shing02 worked together in Honolulu for one week.
  • Dahlia Borsche
    «Where is Music?» The task of locating something as immaterial as sound has, thanks to the digital revolution, become more complex than ever. The importance of questioning today’s music mapping practices. From the CTM Festival Berlin 2016.
  • Adam Harper
    In the past decade, culture was longing for the nostalgic and authentic. The new Internet underground celebrates the contrary: hi-tech, artificiality and kitsch. Is it a critique of capitalism or a capitulation to it? Both and neither, says our author.
  • Michael Kinzer
    Punks didn't give a fuck. Dux Content cares. Read a second commentary on the music video «Life Style» by digital pop duo Dux Content. «It's entertaining» our author states. And: «It leaves imprints of zapping images that will fit each viewer’s obsessions.»
  • Adam Harper
    Dux Content is one of the less well known but arguably most interesting acts under the umbrella of the controversial new London-based label PC Music. The first of two commentaries on their colorful music video «Life Style».
  • Carlos Pérez
    Gato Diablo's music video «Nunca Tendremos Mar» (We'll Never Have the Sea) discusses Bolivia's national trauma: the loss of its access to the sea in the War of the Pacific between 1879-1883.
  • Javier A. Rodríguez Camacho
    It is one of Norient's most favored music videos from the past years: «Nunca Tendremos Mar» from the Bolivian underground band Gato Diablo. A commentary by rock critic Javier A. Rodríguez Camacho.
  • Norient
    Im Berner Museum für Kommunikation ist die Ausstellung «Oh Yeah! – Popmusik in der Schweiz» zu sehen. Sie zeigt einen farbigen und interaktiven Rückblick auf 60 Jahre Schweizer Popgeschichte.
  • Holger Schulze
    Scholar Holger Schulze from Lüneburg is focussing on really heavy videos from trash to rave with a great deal of irony and parody – a real counterpoint to the first round of German video clips some weeks ago.
  • Andrin Uetz
    Around the protests in Hong Kong a hole art movement is growing. New songs accompany the demonstrations, and speak out for democracy. A round-up of protest videos.
  • Julian Warner
    Der Autor beleuchtet, inwieweit sich Akteure im bayerischen Mundart-Rap hegemonialen Diskursen um Sprache, Repräsentation und Rassismus widersetzen.
  • Jochen Bonz
    Teil 4 unseres Dossiers: Anhand von Edgar W. Saids Autobiografie weist Jochen Bonz nach, wie das Othering-Konzept in dessen Lebensgeschichte angelegt ist.
  • Anja Wernicke
    Ein Kommentar zur Tagung «Popular Orientalism(s)»: Wie verhält sich Authentizität zu Kitsch und Klischee? Oder: Weshalb ist «die Tradition» ein westliches Konzept?
  • Theresa Beyer
    When Sonidero DJs in Mexico build up their huge sound systems in the streets a long night of dancing lies ahead. Mirjam Wirz documented these «Bailes» and has published the photo-book «Sonidero City».
  • Robert Rigney
    Shazalakazoo from Belgrade transform traditional serbian music into electronic dance music. But not everyone loves their Trubaci-Mixtures at home.
  • Holger Lund
    Anatolian rock – what does it sound like? Why does it sound the way it sounds? How has it started and how can this music be contextualized?
  • Daniel Lis
    Fr 11.1 // Einblicke in ein weniger bekanntes Israel, mit dem charmanten und engagierten Jeremy. - Am 4. Norient Musikfilm Festival.
  • Louis Schornoz
    Früher stellte man sich den Heavy-Fan auf dem Lande männlich vor, weiss, zwischen 14 und 18 Jahre alt, geistig etwas minderbemittelt, sozial auffällig. ... Gedanken zur Metal-Kultur.
  • Christian Werthschulte
    Schwule im HipHop – das war mal ein Tabu. Nun geht eine neue Generation queerer Rapperinnen und Rapper an den Start – offensiv und glamourös. Im Unterschied zu den Anfängen des Queer-Rap sind diese Musikerinnen und Musiker viel sichtbarer.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Elina Duni ist in Tirana in Albanien geboren. Seit 20 Jahren lebt sie in der Schweiz. Mit ihrem Quartett ist jetzt ihr drittes Album «Matanë Malit» beim renommierten ECM-Label erschienen. Ein Podcast.
  • Marcus Maeder
    Mit Impulsen aus der Performance-Kunst und dem Klangbewusstsein von Industrial, New Wave und Elektropop wurde elektronische Musik auch in der Schweiz Teil der Popkultur.
  • Gonçalo F. Cardoso
    Laurent Jeanneau recorded performances from local musicians in the Northern China region Xinjiang, subjected them to electronic transformations and released a LP.
  • Stefan Franzen
    Wanlov The Kubolor, ghanaisch-rumänischer Herkunft, läuft barfuss durch die Strassen Accras mit Rastamähne und Rock, eckt in TV-Sendungen an und schockiert durch spielerisch-derbes Vokabular.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    In der kabylische Musik, der einstigen algerischen Volksmusik, spiegeln sich eindrücklich Geschichte und Politik. Auf CD-Veröffentlichungen gibt es herausragende Musikerpersönlichkeiten zu entdecken.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Die wohl erste Berner Klezmer-Band Ot Asoy und die auf jiddische Lieder spezialisierte Sängerin Denise Alvarez sind im Rahmen der Janusz Korczak Wochen zu hören. Anlass für zwei Einblicke in das jüdische Bern.
  • Sarah Chaker
    Ein Bauerndorf in Deutschland wird überschwemmt von «Wochenend-Metallern»! Ein Dokumentarfilm von Cho Sung-Hyung (Korea/Deutschland).
  • Dieter Ringli
    Ein Film über Musik, über den Balkan, über Politik und Identität. Ein Film, der fasziniert und verstört, anregt und begeistert.
  • Fabio Napoletano
    Die amerikanische Gruppe Dengue Fever mit der Khmer-Sängerin Chhom Nimol begeben sich auf eine Tour durch Kambodscha. Für die US-Musiker eine Odyssee in eine unbekannte Welt, für die Sängerin eine Heimkehr in ein verändertes Land.
  • Christoph Fellmann
    Heutige Bands orientieren sich gerne an den harmonischen Klängen aus den goldenen Epochen des Pop. Ein paar Beispiele.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Buy More Incense - a norient documentary film about British Asian musicians - is online and can be watched for free...!
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Reflections on the new multi-local musical Avant-Gardes of the 21st Century. An essay on the Lebanese musician Tarek Atoui, Luigi Russolo, Mazen Kerbaj and many artists more.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Die einen definieren den Libanon als östlichen Ableger Europas. Die anderen sehen ihn als ein kulturelles Zentrum der arabischen Welt. Dieser Identitätsstreit im Vielvölkerstaat am östlichen Ende des Mittelmeers spiegelt sich auch in seiner Musik wider.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    In der zeitgenössischen Musik der arabischen Welt werden «Authentizität», «Herkunft» und «Lokalität» nicht nur durch Instrumente und Klangfolgen evoziert – es gesellen sich Geräusche und akustische Erinnerungen hinzu.
  • Dieter Ringli
    Seit den 1950er Jahren hat sich in der Schweizer Volksmusik nichts mehr getan. Jetzt aber haben Musikerinnen und Institutionen sie wieder ins Visier genommen: Sie experimentieren mit ihren Instrumenten, Rhythmen und Formen und lassen auf eine fruchtbare Weiterentwicklung hoffen.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Beirut hat die lebendigste Musikszene im Nahen Osten. Ihre Lieder erzählen von Bürgerkriegserfahrungen und von der Sehnsucht nach Frieden. Nun liegt das Land in Trümmern. Wie reagieren libanesische Künstler auf die Rückkehr des Krieges?
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Die libanesische Sängerin Fairuz ist die Ikone des libanesischen Liedes. Mit ihren Komponisten, den Gebrüdern Rahbani, hat sie der libanesischen Musik und Kultur eine starke Identität gegeben.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Indische, pakistanische und bengalische Musiker in England ziehen sich entweder in eine ghettoähnliche Parallelwelt zurück, oder sie suchen den Durchbruch im «weissen» England.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Die israelische Musikerin Meira Asher regt auf einer radikalen CD und in Konzerten mit schockierenden Bildern und kompromissloser Musik zum Denken an.