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  • Kwaito: The Soundtrack Of A Reborn South Africa

    By mael on 15/11/2013
    South African music is bubbling! So much good stuffs are now coming from this tip of Africa. The local House music scene is very creative and grabbed Warp Records attention with DJ Mujuva and his hypnotic melodies but what about their version of Hip Hop?
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  • Baltimore Club: A Local American Niche Without Compromise

    By mael on 27/06/2013
    B-More is another genre with a multitude of denominations: Baltimore Club, Bmore Club, Bmore House… there’s probably more. People often refer to the genre as simply B-more which is also the nickname of the city of Baltimore.
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  • Brazilian Funk: From the Favelas to the Villas

    By mael on 02/05/2013
    Brazil’s musical contribution in the world is huge. Western’s knowledge about the music from this country is often limited to Bossa Nova but that’s just tip of the iceberg. Samba, Forró, Choro, Afoxé, Sertanejo…
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  • Ninja Tune & Big Dada: A Story of the Labels (Part.1)

    By mael on 12/03/2013
    After more than 20 years of activities, Ninja Tune is definitely an unmissable landmark in the electronic music landscape and beyond. From the start they’ve spread their tentacles to Hip Hop and Jazz fans. Let’s try to see how this happened and which artists and tracks made this record label such an important one in the indie Electronic music and […]
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  • UK Funky House: One Step Forward, One Step Backward

    By mael on 11/12/2012
    UK Funky House or just Funky is another branch of the ever flourishing UK electronic music scene. Deeply rooted in the Grime scene, the genre is also influenced by tribal sounds from Soca, Kuduro and Afrobeat through their rhythms and instruments such as congas and xylophone. Electronic music connections are also naturally coming from UK Garage and House. UKF quickly […]
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  • Jamaican music in a Rub-A-Dub style

    By mael on 23/10/2012
    Transitions in the history of music are very exciting periods. Genres are blurred and progressively become hard to describe.  This one happened between the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s “Rub-A-Dub” or “Rub-A-Dub Style” is one the genres doing the passage between Reggae and Dancehall. It also describes a dance style trendy at that time when […]
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  • Moombahton: A Short Story Of A Genre Born From A Remix

    By mael on 21/09/2012
    A new wave of sounds named Moombahton is making more and more noise. It seems like it’s  coming from the caribbean island or latin america but this one surprisingly started from Washington DC. Dave Nada is the ecuadorian-american who named the genre and somehow started it with one track. In 2009, while he was Djing for a public of latin […]
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  • The Emergence of the Indie Canadian Hip Hop Scene

    By mael on 15/07/2012
    Indie Canadian Hip Hop is underrated and deserve a lot more fame. This scene is full of gems to be discovered and contemplated. Canada has the advantage of being culturally close to America but at the same time managed to keep proximity to the old continent with UK and France. Also, being a small country gives them a precious freedom […]
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  • K-Pop is Invading the West

    By mael on 05/07/2012
    Completely unknown 10 years ago in Europe and America; K-Pop is coming in full force. In 2011, Koreans were the first Asians to fill both the Madison Garden in New York and the Zenith in Paris. How such a musical movement manage to gain so much importance in so little time and with so little press coverage? K-Pop (short for […]
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