The name Etran de L’Aïr translates to “the Stars of the Aïr,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. Every month in 2020, Sahel Sounds are releasing music recorded by Etran de L’Aïr on a mobile phone in Agadez, Niger, then transmitted via WhatsApp to Portland, Oregon. I’m excited!
USA born (Hampton, Virginia), now Berlin-based producer Adam Longman Parker released his first full-length LP ‘Colored’ last year under the artist name Afriqua. The album “is a celebration of the unifying power of Black culture through the prism of electronic music”. Released on R & S Records.
The black-humoured Richard Dawson is a singer-songwriter, folk musician from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. His sixth solo album 2020 is due out 11 October on Weird World Records. Plus a beautiful music video, animated and directed by Lesley-Anne Rose.
Something a little more mellow. This is the first track from Rozi Plain’s new album ‘What a Boost’, out on Memphis Industries and available from Bandcamp. (There was a Limited Edition Glow in the Dark LP, but that has already sold out!) Rozi Plain is Rosalind Leyden, a (Bristol-based?) UK art-folk singer-songwriter, and frequent collaborated of This Is the Kit.
Lead by guitarist C Joynes, this new project features members of experimental folk ensemble Dead Rat Orchestra, the electroacoustic composer Cam Deas, and fellow guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Nick Jonah Davis. Their first album together Borametz Tree is named after a semi-mythological plant described in 16th century travellers’ tales. Available now on Bandcamp, being released on Manchester (UK) based Thread Recordings.