Music always is a borderline experience. Especially when not only stylistically boundaries are shifting, but the centres of musical creativity are moving.
This year’s programme is packed with docs about musicians and subjects ranging from Hole drummer Patty Schemel, to A Tribe Called Quest, to Genesis P-Orridge, to a record shop in Newcastle Upon Tyne, to Roma gypsies and Slovakians, to 2 men who shout a lot at each other (not so much music as a cult phenomenon), to Queen, to Justin Bieber, to Miriam Makeba, to Michael Nyman, to Siddheswari Devi to more
Fran?ßois Ladrezo eats, breathes and sleeps traditional folk music called Gwoka from the small French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. The pristine island, paradise to millions of tourists each year has a complex and intriguing history that he hopes to document and promote through his craft. Approaching his art as his identity and a sort of spiritual therapy, Ladrezo lives his music intensely and intrinsically
Thavius Black ensures that the hip-hop beat goes on with a debut album on Big Dada that’s his Dialogue.
Miriam was one of the 20th Century’s most extraordinary women. A musical giant, a campaigner and someone whose life was inextricably linked to the fight against Apartheid and for the civil rights movement and African liberation
Musician Johnny Finn takes you behind the crumbling fascades of tourist Havana (La Habana), to reveal a city where the very streets themselves have rhythm (with or without slide guitar)
Kinky’s Ulises Lozano (keyboards, accordion, programmer) talks about their new album Reina and creating their unique sound
As African nations bow out of the World Cup, having inspired and delighted millions with their tenacity and skill, The African Game sets out to document the road to the World Cup and what African football means in Africa
Electronica. Experimental. Downbeat. Broken beat. Avant hip hop. Inde hip hop. Glitch hop. Digi hop. Trip hop. Blip hop. Pop hop… (deep breath) These are some of the terms you might find to fit the music of Prefuse 73 into a neat little box
Continuing Fly’s support of the exquisite living body of Daedelus, it was time to catch up with our man on a beautiful day on the West Coast.
Coldcut’s second impressive release from the new album Sound Mirrors
With four albums under their belts — recorded in their own studio ‘The Compound’ — Delta Nove have caught the ears of many greats, sharing the stage with Burning Spear, Ozomatli, Spearhead, and Merl Saunders. Check ‘em out as Fly’s Jeremy Balius catches up with Delta Nove’s Rob Covacevich to talk about what a long, strange, Delta Nove trip it’s been and where it’s heading
While debate rages about the ethics of downloading mp3s, fans of traditional sounds have been putting up songs for free download. Are they robbbing the artists of their livelihood or providing a marketing lifeline for music that would otherwise be overlooked? Richard Silverstein argues the case for the bloggers…
Filmmaker Gustavo Hernandez wants to make movies that matter. The Mexican Dream seems to have accomplished his goal if the pile of awards are any indication. Hernandez’s short film concerns the dreams of a Mexican immigrant to the US. Hernandez travels to Cannes as his little film gets screened in the world’s most renowned film festival