• Sumugan Sivanesan
    The Nature Loves Courage Festival in Greece foregrounds female-identifying, queer and non-binary artists and contributes to the development of what is known as post-club culture. What can this festival tell us about today's club culture in general?
  • Eric Mandel
    Bryan Littles' film «The African Cypher» portrays dance subcultures in South Africa of which some have close relationships to cars. For Eric Mandel, this is symbol of man and machine.
  • Martyn Pepperell
    UK Funky DJ Bamz' music is informed by a sense of history and a glimpse into the future of bass driven club music. At the core of this is the «riddim» as the aesthetic backbone.
  • Henriette Gunkel
    What reads at first sight as a rather classic «coming out» story is not a linear narrative. In the music video «Magic Man» South African artist Umlilo and director Jasyn Howes produce a temporal and spatial disorder through fragments of moving images.
  • Beatriz Hernández Caraveo
    Music scenes can serve as safe spaces for marginalized groups. In Mexico, reggaetón underground parties are an important home for the country's LGBTIQA+ community to express their discontent against a sexist society and lack of female empowerment.
  • Johanna Hilari
    «Somos Sur» by Ana Tijoux, featuring Shadia Mansour, is an anti-colonialist statement of autonomy. To underline this, the video clip re-contextualizes two significant folk dances, which historically are linked to both socio-political identification and struggle.
  • Julia Vorkefeld
    Ob Drogen im Club, beim Spielen von Gamelan-Musik auf Bali oder Alkohol auf dem Volksfest, Rausch gibt es fast überall. Eine intellektuelle Sinnsuche in einem Phänomen, das so alt ist wie die Menschheit selbst.
  • Bitten Stetter
    Der angolanische Tanz Kuduro, der seit einigen Jahren internationale Beachtung findet, verleiht Menschen mit Behinderung neue Lebensfreude. Eine Reportage aus Luanda von 2014 von Bitten Stetter und Francis Müller mit Fotos von Flurina Rothenberger.
  • Sidney Sutter
    The second Episode of the web documentary on Eritrean music culture in Switzerland focuses on the environment around the Eritrean parties and sets the spotlight on the art of eritrean dancing.
  • 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.
  • Wills Glasspiegel
    Dance is the music of the body. In anticipation of the authors screening series at the 8th Norient Musikfilm Festival, we show some collages and images of the Chicago-based clubmusic and dance culture scene footwork.
  • Maximilian Falk
    Der Hip Hop-Ableger Trap hat zwei Gesichter: Entstanden aus dem Dirty South-Rap um 2003, wandelte er sich um 2010 zu Elektronischem Trap mit Einflüssen aus Dubstep und Drum & Bass. Eine historische Annäherung.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    The label Terror Negro from Lima is a lively home for south american bassmusic hybrids. The founder Deltatron talks about subverting the eurocentric mainstream and the micropolitics of Perus club culture.
  • Moses Iten
    Cumbia is the most popular clubmusic in Mexico and booms out of the giant sound systems of the Sonidos. The Australian DJ and musician Moses Iten captivated the Cumbia's hypnotic, dragging rhythm in a podcast.
  • Chris Saunders
    In his photo series for the Norient book and exhibition «Seismographic Sounds», photographer Chris Saunders portrays the vivid and now exploding South African music scene. With Tshetsha Boys, Nozinja, DJ Spoko, DJ Invizable and Spoek Mathambo.
  • Atiyyah Khan
    Rapper Okmalumkoolkat channels his experiences from South Africa into his music with ease. He looks inward, back into the past, and forward to an imaginary future. In his video «Allblackblackkat» he mixes a variety of dreamlike elements.
  • Georg Milz
    To start the new year ethnologist and journalist Georg Milz sent us a list with five music videos from all around Africa. He shows us some really nice clips between pidgin pop, hip hop pantsula and house.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Freitag, 16. und Samstag, 17. Januar am Norient Musikfilm Festival in St. Gallen und Bern: Islam Chipsy Live! Der Ägypter mit seinem radikalen Sound und einer extravaganten Spieltechnik ist einer der aufregendsten Musiker der Gegenwart.
  • Aero Manyelo
    Watching this video list by South African house DJ Aero Manyelo we immediately remember, how he made us dancing to his beats at Norient Clubnight 2013. This list is shaped by South African house, called kwaito, which is currently ruling the townships.
  • Tara Hill
    Keine Furcht – und keine Kompromisse: Die Kölnerin Lena Willikens hat sich mit mutigen DJ-Sets jenseits von Genrekonventionen einen Namen gemacht. Ein Portrait über eine kompromisslose Musikerin mit Punk-Attitude.
  • Foltin (Фолтин)
    It was hard to compile this list about music videos in the Republic of Macedonia. But finally the Macedonian band Foltin did the compilation for Norient. Not without pointing to the «creative gap for the macedonian music» in the last years.
  • Florian Sievers
    Der südafrikanische Musikproduzent Nozinja hat die traditionelle Musik seines Volks radikal entkernt, elektrifiziert und beschleunigt. Er bewahrt die Traditionen dadurch, dass er sie ständig verändert.
  • Kevin Elamrani
    From techno to hip hop – from animation to satire. Kevin Elamrani, a young video artist from Paris, shows us a selection of eclectic videos with singular atmospheres from France, starting with a nightly party at your friends place.
  • Jacek Szczepanek
    It is importation to which disco polo, Poland’s domestic electronic dance music genre, owes most of its sound. It was the political system flip of 1989 that shaped its troubled fate within Polish society. Part two of Norient’s guide to disco polo: History.
  • Nucleya
    Popularity of dubstep and global bass music in India is growing from day to day. Producer Nucleya from New Delhi shows us five video clips from his country that will give you a short insight into some current sounds between the Himalayas and Mumbai.
  • Jacek Szczepanek
    Disco polo became popular in the early 1990s. It is still doing well and growing. Norient presents this Polish electronic dance music culture in a series of four posts. Part one: Disco polo today.
  • Ganges Baby
    Another five music video clips from South America. We asked Buenos Aires based Kali Sandoval and Beat Bastard from the young hip hop duo Ganges Baby to compile their favorite artists and videos from their home country Argentinia.
  • Norient
    In «Sound Translations», Peter Guyer (Recycled TV AG) and Thomas Burkhalter (Norient) narrate stories around seven video clips and audio tracks from selected musicians worldwide.
  • Sam Backer
    The UK-Trinidadian production duo Jus Now is currently one of the most interesting groups working to explore and expand the boundaries of soca. An email interview about their music and the future of soca.
  • Gregor Bulc
    The Croatian media connoisseur Željko Luketić presents his favorite songs and clips of electronic music from former Yugoslavia.
  • 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».
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    A short story of a keyboard virtuoso from Cairo: Islam Chipsy just released his first vinyl.
  • Marcelle van Hoof
    DJ Marcelle alle Genre-Grenzen. Kein Tanzbein wird stillstehen! Vorab gibt sie Einblicke in ihren Alltag: Was braucht eine DJane on the road?
  • Ted R. Swedenburg
    The documentary «Electro Chaabi» by Hind Meddeb and the Electro-Sha'abi-night pulls into the wild world of Mahragan, the popular party-sound of Cairo's suburbs. Context and backgrounds.
  • Wanlov The Kubolor
    For its new series Norient asked Wanlov The Kubolor from FOKN Bois to send a collection of his favorite video clips from his home country Ghana.
  • Frederick Moehn
    «Lusotronic» festival in May 2013 brought portuguese electronic music to Berlins multicultural neighborhood Kreuzberg – an occasion for a deep ethnomusicological insight in postcolonial cultural spaces.
  • Moses Iten
    Since the beginning of the 21st century «new wave cumbia» has been growing as an independent club culture simultaneously in several parts of the world. An insider perspective on a rapid evolution.
  • Andrea Milluzzi
    Fünf junge Männer, ein Ghettoblaster und eine Leidenschaft für Breakdance. Eine Tänzer-Crew aus Bagdad erzählt vom HipHop, Michael Jackson und von einer Stadt, in der junge Leute Orte für sich erkämpfen.
  • Daniel Künzler
    Kenyan musician Bamzigi was flying ahead of the current electronic dance music craze from South Africa and Angola. However, his eclectic mix Mizuka resonates more abroad than in Kenya where he is not invited for performances.
  • Theresa Beyer
    In ihren Mixes bürstet DJ Marcelle aus Amsterdam verschiedenste Genres und experimentelle Sounds gegen den Strich.
  • Sarah Ross
    Die Geschichte des jiddischen Tangos ist eine Geschichte der Anpassung, der Grenzverschiebung und -überwindung. Aus den Einwanderer-Quartieren in Buenos Aires reiste er ans New York Yiddish Theatre und bald auch nach Europa.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    Dubstep’s philosopher Rob Ellis aka Pinch from Bristol keeps alive the sound of early dubstep. In the interview the founder of the label Tectonic speaks about embryonal well-being, and dance music patience and pressure.
  • Xing Rong Zhang
    Lisu is a small minority group with a population of about 635,000 in China. Ethnography and Review of Yan Chun Su’s Documentary «Treasure of the Lisu».
  • Darío Blanco Arboleda
    Mexikanische Cumbia ist eine Hybridkultur aus ihrem kolumbianischen Vorbild und der Musik des Nordosten Mexikos. Die transkulturellen Prozesse von Aneignung bis Vermarktung lassen sich eindrücklich anhand der sonideros aus Monterrey verfolgen.
  • Katrin Wilke
    Auf ihrem Album «Traveller» steckt Anoushka Shankar, die britisch-indische Sitar-Spielerin und Tochter von Ravi Shankar, ihre eigene, neue Reiseroute ab zwischen klassischer indischer Musik und Flamenco. Ich gerate dabei auch ins Grübeln.
  • Eric Mandel
    Buraka Som Sistema – J-Wow (João Barbosa), DJ Riot (Rui Pité), Kalaf Ângelo, Andro Carvalho and newest member Blaya are in the world of Kuduro key players even though they are – in a way – outsiders, both geographically and sound-wise. An Interview.
  • Christian Werthschulte
    Juke aus Chicago wird in europäischen Clubs immer beliebter. Der nun 25-jährige Ghetto-House ist ein Paradefall kultureller Aneignung, bei dem die Frage nach der «realness» gleich anders gestellt wird.
  • Samuel Burri
    Ein Tanzstil ist Ghanas neuer Stolz - und vielleicht ein wenig Trost für das Ausscheiden der ghanaischen Fussballer am Afrika Cup.
  • Knut Henkel
    Das DJ-Kollektiv Buraka Som Sistema präsentiert auf dem neuen Album sanftere Spielarten von Kuduro.
  • Martin Alioth
    In the protestant Fountain-Quarter of northern Irish Derry, the musician Roy Arbuckle intents to hold a dance night. Arguing Protestants and Catholics shall dance together again – Showed at 3. Norient Musikfilm Festival in Bern.
  • Michael Spahr
    Der Film «Hit Me With Music» bietet vielseitige Einblicke in das jamaikanische Musikgenre Dancehall. - Am 3. Norient Musikfilm Festival in Bern.
  • Wayne Marshall
    Rather than dance, critics have alleged, «daggering», «perreo» and the like are little more than heavy petting in public – a corruption of courtship and a shameful activity for young innocents. An overview.
  • Susanne Schanda
    Musik, Gesang und Bauchtanz gehören in Ägypten zu jedem Hochzeitsfest. Je pompöser und kostspieliger Band und Tänzerinnen, desto angesehener ist der Gastgeber.
  • Christian Gasser
    Der Tango ist der Blues der Finnen. Er ist der Soundtrack für die kurze Euphorie des Sommers und die Melancholie endloser Winternächte. Ganz in Moll, dem Schicksal ergeben. Wie aber kam der Tango nach Finnland?
  • Tiziano Gregory Perugini
    News from the Ecuadorian rainforest where reggaeton, cumbia and hip hop became more successful than the local Shuar Music.
  • Sherry Kizhukandayil
    Wir schreiben das Jahr 2005. Bhangra beherrscht die Tanzflächen. Niemand kann sich entziehen. Was steckt hinter dem exotischen Sound? Was für Künstler gibt es neben dem auch hierzulande bekannten Panjabi MC?
  • Stefanie Alisch
    This article explores the role of Kuduro, the popular Angolan electronic music and dance style in the process of updating the national Angolan identity called angolanidade to the conditions of the new millennium.
  • Ane Hebeisen
    Björk, Thom Yorke oder Herbie Hancock sind flammende Verehrer der afrikanischen Gruppe Konono No. 1, die ihre Berühmtheit einer technischen Unzulänglichkeit in ihrem Instrumentenpark verdankt.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Die rasend schnellen Melodie-Pattern dieser neu entdeckten Musik aus Südafrika werden mit der «Minimal Music» von Steve Reich verglichen. Sie klingen aber ganz anders.
  • Frank Wittmann
    In Paris haben jugendliche Tänzer und Musiker aus Côte d'Ivoire einen neuen Musikstil entwickelt: den Coupé-Décalé. Dieser hedonistische Musik-Trend erobert ganz Afrika.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Wir schreiben das Jahr 2004. Goran Bregovic tourt durch die Schweiz. Im Ausland feiert der ex-jugoslawische Rockstar und Filmmusikkomponist Erfolge, in seiner Heimat ist er umstritten. Ein Besuch in Belgrad.