• Holger Lund
    Colonialism isn't over, it's just less visible. As a curator of the Berlin-based label Global Pop First Wave, Holger Lund feels entangled in neo-colonial paradoxes. An essay about the westernization of pop music and why its decolonization is inevitable.
  • Christopher Kirkley
    In the film «Oulaya’s Wedding», one is thrown into the middle of a traditional wedding in the Western Sahara. But is the overwhelming proximity to the filmed Sahraoui culture able to bypass exoticism, asks the director and archivist Christopher Kirkley.
  • Maha ElNabawi
    For musicians living and performing abroad, it can be a challenge to avoid being exoticised and framed in an aesthetic prison. The Egyptian musician Mohamed Abozekry has reconciled the traditional and the avant-garde in his music.
  • Percy Mabandu
    Percy Mabandu takes us through a maze of hit music videos to study the genre’s fascination with performed exotica. African clichés or a re-connection with tradition and the past by nostalgic modern taste-makers?
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Bishi Bhattacharya and Matthew Hardern have been working together for ten years now. Composer, artist, performer, and club impresario Hardern (aka Glamorre) tells us about the hidden politics and intentions of their project.
  • Kimberley DaCosta Holton
    After the 1974 revolution in Portugal, folklore music was still alive — and even more politicized as it caused tension within the different folklore groups. Ethnomusicologist Kimberly DaCosta Holton about the culture of the «ranchos folclóricos».
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Lebanese-Swiss duo Praed experiments with sounds that cultural elites call trash or kitsch. Through Praed’s style, they attack cultural canons within the Arab World, and they present a fresh mix towards Europe. Here is a different take on Exotica.
  • Oliver Seibt
    Ethnomusicologists used to travel to exotic islands to research local music. Today, their fieldtrips lead to scattered urban place. German scholar Oliver Seibt conducted three months of research in the Tokyo visual-kei scene, and stood out of the crowd.
  • Gerald Van Waes
    The history of «Exotica» is rich in amazing music, sounds, instruments, and stories. Gerald Van Waes collects these often rare and obscure sounds and writes about them on his blog psychevanhetfolk. For us he wrote a manifesto for exotica.
  • Vladimir Lenhart
    The Serbian musician and journalist Vladimir Lenhard, founder of the tape label Lenhart Tapes, has remixed sounds, interviews, videos, and other material from the section of «exotica» from the Norient exhibition Seismographic Sounds.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    With his project Gazelle, Xander Ferreira aims to show the diversity of cultures in South Africa, and to translate the political strategies of African dictators to the world of pop music. Ferreira is white, which became an issue.
  • FrankJavCee
    The Internet genres vaporwave and seapunk mix slowed-down 1990s smooth jazz with house music, and cannot live without images of dolphins, palm trees and Greek marble statues. A round up.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Hannes Liechti
    Aniruddha Das understands sampling as a political, yet militant instrument. In the interview he gives insight into his sampling practice and talks about musical exoticism, political meaning, and his use of distortion.
  • Jesse Weaver Shipley
    The song «BRKN LNGWJZ» and its video announce the FOKN Bois as critical, global, political, and absurdist hip hop voices. It marks the birth of international pidgin rap not only as a style once can dance to, but as a modernist multi-media art form.
  • Noko 440
    They love to provoke and they love to extravagate. London-based underground musician Bishi Bhattacharya and her musical partner Matthew Hardern talk about their biographies, race, and their common project «Albion Voice».
  • Eric Mandel
    Aus der Geschichte gelernt: Der Film «A Story of Sahel Sounds» erzählt von einem Labelmacher aus den USA, der Musiker aus Afrika veröffentlicht und Touren organisiert – mit DIY- und Fairtrade-Ethos statt kultureller Ausbeutung.
  • Dominik Irtenkauf
    The death metal band Overthrust from Botswana is a central part of Africas lively metal scene. Their singer Tshomarelo Mosaka about the local scene, breaking taboos and the cathartic effect of listening to metal as watching a horror movie.
  • Nabeel Zuberi
    Bishi's video of «Albion Voice» is reminiscent of the Sex Pistols. She subverts imagery of the national flag while she inserts herself into a pastoral old England to question white Britishness.
  • Louise Gray
    The music of the british artist Bishi Bhattacharya works perfect as a comment on Brexit. In her songs and artwork, she is hijacking and redefining notions of being «british» and claims a multicultural commonwealth.
  • 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.
  • Ben Verghese
    Present day South African artists like Nozinja and Okmalumkoolkat let time and cultures collide, and in mixing languages, slangs, dances and rituals they create new homes. Commentary on the recent music video «Allblackblackcat» by the latter.
  • 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.
  • Julio Mendívil
    The Peru-born author performed with folkloric groups on the streets and squares of Germany to earn his living. Here, he discusses amongst others how Andean musicians changed their repertoire to meet German tastes.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Music, sounds and noises from the Arab World – The Norient Performance is out now! Collected and mixed by the Norient collective. Vinyl and digital.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Blank Banshee creates audio-visual works full of samples and exotic images. He is often mentioned as one of the pioneers of Vaporwave. We tried to interview this desktop artist from Vancouver. And we probably failed.
  • Jacek Szczepanek
    First part of a short festival review about Off, a three day long feast for lovers of alternative music, that takes place every year in Katowice in Southern Poland. Our author interviews DakhaBrakha, an ethno band from the Ukraine.
  • 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.
  • Lucia Vasella
    18. Januar 2015 am 6. Norient Musikfilm Festival. Der Hörfilm Notes via a soundscape of Bollywood des Schweizer Klangkünstlers Gilles Aubry führt hinter die Kulissen der Filmindustrie von Mumbai und tritt in die Fussstapfen von Pier Paolo Pasolini.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Im Radio hört der Musikforscher Louis Sarno einen Gesang, der ihn nicht mehr loslässt. Er folgt ihm in den zentralafrikanischen Regenwald – und bleibt für immer.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Vor 20 Jahren boomte der Weltmusik-Markt: Westliche Hörerinnen und Hörer sehnten sich nach einer unverdorbenen, exotischen Musik. Doch dank des Internets gehen heute neue Musik-Welten auf. Eine Chance, die Karten neu zu mischen.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    What happens to Exotica when unfamiliar sounds are only few mouse-clicks away? Is listening to «foreign» music a private matter or a political activity? An email interview with scholar Martin Stokes.
  • Phil Battiekh
    The swiss DJ Phil Battiekh is one of the first to import Electro-Sha3by/Shaaby/ Chaabi/Sha3byton from Egypt to Europe. In his essay he reflects about its occidental perception, fictitious causalities by the medias and young narratives.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Imperial Tiger Orchestra from Geneva play Ethiopian music from the golden 1970s. These days the band released their new album «Wax»
  • 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.
  • Sandeep Bhagwati
    Wer die Weltkarte der Musik betrachtet, sieht, dass die westliche Kunstmusik eine Art Esperanto ist. Ob in Shanghai oder Boston: Überall spielt man Bach und Stockhausen. Das ist schön. Ist es auch gut?
  • Christoph Fellmann
    Auf dem Internet ist seit kurzem eine Sammlung mit über 10'000 Musik- und Comedynummern von 1901 bis 1925 frei zugänglich. Sie erlaubt einen neuen Blick auf die Anfänge der amerikanischen Popkultur.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Da Cruz, das Duo der Bern-Brasilianerin Mariana Da Cruz und des Berner Produzenten Ane Hebeisen, pendeln auf ihrem Album zwischen Club-Musik und Hör-CD.
  • 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.
  • Selina Nowak
    Björk hat ein neues Projekt am Start – mit Omar Souleyman, dem Dabké Sänger aus der syrischen Provinz Hasake. Labelbesitzer Mark Gergis erzählt, wer er ist, dieser Omar Souleyman.
  • Stefan Franzen
    Mit der aktuellen Afrofunk-Welle trifft auch die Musik aus dem Ghana der 1970er wieder ans europäische Ohr. Im Land selbst kümmern die alten Helden jedoch fast niemanden – dort regiert der Hiplife.
  • 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.
  • Stefanie Alisch
    2/5 BZ, DVJ MyTube YouSpace, BerBat Söksal – the Istanbul based multi-media artist Serhat Köksal has been evolving a slew of aliases over the past 28 years.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Ein paar Gedanken zu den Afrika-Sounds und -Bildern des Londoner Kollektivs Radioclit und dem malawischen Sänger Easu Mwamawaya.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Die 6. Austragung des Musikfestivals «Alpentöne» 2009 in Altdorf war ein voller Erfolg.
  • Gregory Scruggs
    With their CD «Proibidão C.V.: Forbidden Gang Funk from Rio de Janeiro» the US-American Label Sublime Frequencies aims to portrait a moment in time in Brazil. Gregory Scruggs however criticises them as uniformed explorers.