Stars descend for a week of world music

World music has, since the dawn contemporary music culture, had a major influence on its direction and the evolution of genres – from the Beatles working closely with the likes of Ravi Shankar during their trip to Rishikesh, and the impact this had on their musical direction thereafter, through to Damon Albarn’s vested interest in west Africa’s distinct culture of percussion. 

Luckily for us, there’s an eclectic line-up of artists from, as you’d expect, all over the world. On stage a trio of some of the most anticipated names on the programme – including Sekou Kouyate and Debalina and Baul Fakiri – will set the pace. 

One highlight you’ll come across during your search will be a group by the name of Oudaden. An ambassador for the Berbers – north Africa’s indigenous population – the ensemble can gather enormous crowds in the region of 100,000 on the African continent. Formed during the early ‘70s, the band drew inspiration from the traditional Amazigh music – and some of the most influential names in the Maghreb including Inzanzaren, Archach and Inrzaf – to create transcendental string compositions.

Beyond an extensive list of YouTube uploads and a handful of songs on Spotify, a Google search will yield little beyond a handful of sketchy features on the group. Don’t be deterred by their obscure online image and, mood pending, embrace the offer of a concert a little off the beaten track.

Wed 3 Sep, 15:00-20:00; CPH World Music Festival 2014 opening concert, Nytorv, Cph K; free adm 

 





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