• Cande Sánchez Olmos
    Everybody loves music but hates traditional advertising. For this reason, a new trend is emerging: brands are becoming music video directors. These are my five favorite ad/music videos from around the world.
  • Susan Lindholm
    The Scandinavian code of conduct «jantelagen» encourages modesty and conformity. The movie «Silvana» shows, how the Swedish rapper Silvana Imam celebrates the exact opposite: pride and individuality.
  • Dylan Culhane
    In this photo series South African photographer Dylan Culhane stages artist Umlilo in collage portraits and evokes a sense of multiplicity.
  • 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.
  • Umlilo
    For rapper Umlilo music is freedom and therapy at the same time. In his music he addresses issues of homophobia and bends the common images of gender. «Gender has always been something very natural to me to fuck with», he explains his approach.
  • Luise Wolf
    The music of Jenny Hval engages you in ambivalent journeys. In her song «That Battle is Over», she reflects not just our inner but also our political realities. Read a sonic fiction essay.
  • Tosyn Bucknor
    Nigerian singer Temi DollFace finds herself on a «one-woman mission to put the theatrics back into live music». In the podcast she talks about fashion, being a female artist in Nigeria, and the gap between critical acclaim and mainstream chart success.
  • Svetlana Maraš
    The Serbian sound artist has remixed material from the section of «desire» from the Norient exhibition «Seismographic Sounds». A mix full of humor, but also with some deep thoughts on discrimination, sexuality, and individualism.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Hip hop is always changing, and recently LGTB and Queer Hip-Hop – for long time out of sight – has seized the stage. Not as a subgenre, but a part of hip hop culture that has a long history. It's a history about activism, too, in the USA and worldwide.
  • Sonja Eismann
    Hinterteile sind in Videos von US-Popsängerinnen ein wichtiges, aber streitbares Accessoire. Sonja Eismann über Miley Cyrus' und Taylor Swifts ironisches Twerking und den tobenden Arschkulturkrieg um den Big Booty.
  • Emma Dabiri
    Changes are happening in Africa. A younger generation realizes that Europe need not provide the blueprint anymore. In the arts, African Women are promoting a new consciousness. The West rushes to describe this art as «feminist» – an imposed label.
  • Theresa Beyer
    In low-budget music videos, necessity is the mother of invention. One of the best examples of this is «Picolé», a clip co-directed by forty-five directors. Javier Lourenço from the Argentinian collective Flamboyant Paradise takes us behind the scenes.
  • Jesse Samba Wheeler
    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?
  • Mona Aurich
    Our author understands the 2014 music video «I·M·A·M (jj Remix)» by Swedish rapper Silvana Imam as a call for fight. She finds proof in both the lyrics and the video footage. Further she asks: who will be included in the revolution, proclaimed by Imam?
  • Kalle Berggren
    Silvana Imam is changing Sweden’s contemporary hip hop landscape. In this jj remix of her song «I.M.A.M.», classical hip hop video references are characteristically interchanged with images of political protests and LGBT Pride marches.
  • Hannes Liechti
    Dancing women at a pool party, mens with guns and barbecued sausages. An attempt of understanding the music video «Pau, Perereca e cu - PPC» by the Brazil musicians Harmonia do Sampler.
  • Theresa Beyer
    The Nigerian Afro-Pop diva has energy enough for two – even in a dark hotel room, in jogging suits and straight out of bed. She is very young, but knows the Nigerian music business well and occupies her own place within it. An interview.
  • B Camminga
    In Post Apartheid South Africa a new generation of young artists are drawing on the country’s idiosyncratic past and its unsettled present. They express queer visions for the future. See Dope St Jude at the 8th Norient Musikfilm Festival 2017.
  • Daniel Haaksman
    Baile Funk ist eine brasilianische Hip Hop-Variante mit hypersexualisierten Lyrics und energetischen Tänzen. Er stammt aus den ärmsten Vierteln einer der schönsten, aber auch gefährlichsten Städte der Welt: Rio De Janeiro.
  • B Camminga
    The video of «Magic Man» of the south african musician Umlilo questions issues of race and masculinity and speaks to the constant negotiation that is the suffocating entanglement of past and present South Africa.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Queer feminist Swedish rapper Silvana Imam questions privileges and fights for a global feminist movement. However, the interview shows that her protest is not made out of empty slogans, but out of strong beliefs.
  • Kay Thompson
    The song «Pata Pata» from the nigerian singer Temi DollFace refers to a long tradition of protest music. Influenced by Fela Kutis critical songs it is also a symbol for a new feminism that questions traditional relationships.
  • Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
    The nigerian singer Temi DollFace claims womanhood as a source of strength. Her song «Pata Pata» is a lively example for deconstructing patriarchal norms and clichés with a lot of humour, that stays critical.
  • 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.
  • Petra R. Rivera-Rideau
    Dances such as perreo in reggaeton receive much criticism for being sexist. But what do women who actually dance to them think? Our author sheds a different light on reggaeton’s sexual politics.
  • Jeremy Wallach
    Warning: This list is very political – and very loud. It's about greed, honesty, corruption and – what else could it be - love. We see a country which is likely home to the most massive hard rock, metal, and punk scenes in Asia.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Queer hip hop clips are avalanches of images, beats and powerful words. Norient collected 17 of them and shows, how hip hop artists raise their voice for a queer consciousness and LGTB rights.
  • Benjamin Court
    Psychedelic Echoes of German New Left Negative Utopianism.
  • Mark Duffett
    Fans celebrate the unwrapping of the new Elvis Presley box «A Boy From Tupelo» on YouTube.
  • Didi Neidhardt
    Der Sampler «Personal Space. Electronic Soul 1974–1984» vereint 17 Schätze aus der Geschichte des elektronischen Soul, kontert dem kanonbestimmenden Mythos der ‹Blackness› und zeigt, dass auch Soul einmal afrofuturistische Visionen hatte.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Musiker aus Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika formulieren selbstbewusste nach-koloniale Positionen. Ihre Parodien auf Exotika und der Fokus auf Gewalt zeigen aber: Alte Abhängigkeiten haben weiterhin Bestand.
  • 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.
  • Michael Spahr
    Susanne Messmer und George Lindt besuchen in ihrem Film «Beijing Bubbles» fünf Bands in Chinas Hauptstadt. Entstanden sind intime Porträts von individualistischen Musikerinnen und Musikern und ihren Träumen.
  • Klaus Raab
    Shaggy ist in Kingston, Jamaika, geboren und hat 1996 einen Grammy für das beste Reggae-Album bekommen. Das qualifiziert ihn dafür, Dar es Salaams grösste Halle fast auszuverkaufen, obwohl jedes Ticket 18 Euro kostet, ein gutes Viertel eines durchschnittlichen tansanischen Monatslohns.
  • Helena Simonett
    Die auf Tubas und Pauken gespielte Banda-Musik stammt ursprünglich aus dem Nordwesten Mexikos. In der modernen Variante des Techno-Banda ist diese Musik in Los Angeles ab den 90er Jahren sehr populär geworden. Für die einen gilt sie als Mafia-, Banditen- und Drogenmusik, für die anderen als Ausdruck der gesellschaftspolitischen Realitäten vieler Mexikaner in den USA.