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Noise_Problems on 03/11/2013 at 02:28PM
Celebrating 50 releases on Noise Problems we decided to throw a party. For the 50th release we decided to record that party. The Secret Love Parade returns to Noise Problems a year after the OCCII recording from the Pageturner nr1 night, as well as NewYX formerly known as Storm from the Recipe Book night at the Winston release and introducing to Noise Probs two amazing bands Katadreuffe and Pony Pack. We are thrilled to have them complete the evening and make a fine extent to our live recordings collection.
March 11, 2011 was the date set for the event held at the OCCII in Amsterdam to celabrate the 50 releases at Noise Problems. All started quite natural recording a few nights here and there and before we knew it we had reached 50 bands on Noise Probs.
We had to do something about and decided to throw a party where we could choose the bands to record and called up some of the local Amsterdam bands we knew from the scene. The Secret Love Parade were the perfect act of solid electronic beats and postmodern pop melodies to kick things off and set a mood for the evening. New YX where also known to us. Their sound is dary, a fusion of danceable electro and post-rock tunes great to make the transition to the loud part of the night.
Soon after Noise Problems debutants Pony Pack made the crowd move and the heat to rise with fiery guitar riffs. Katadreuffe sealed it by combining most of the above elements into their noisy, post-punkish (massive) sound wave which enveloped everyone in the place into a tight hug.
Also for the occasion of the 50th release a compilation was issued to commemorate. Its 23 tracks are available in 6 volumes for download here at the FMA. Great tracks selected from amongst the first 50 Noise Problems releases. Check out the Selections too. All shows were recorded live between 2007 and 2010 at various Amsterdam venues.
Noise_Problems on 02/24/2013 at 01:09PM
Stress.fm and Noise Problems caught up with Raphael Anker trumpetist and founder of the Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Geneva´s own Ethiopian music band, at the FMMSines World Music Festival in Portugal last summer.
With Malinese songstress Oumou Sangare performing on the background we spoke to Raphael about some of the main ideas behind his project, Ethiopian music and culture and about the crisis in Europe.
What have Imperial Tiger been doing this last few months?
There are two diferent things now. Weve been working with Hamelmal Abate which is a great singer from Ethiopia and we also have an instrumental project in a sextet. We are working on these two projects always based on Ethiopian music.
We have seen you talk about the collection Ethiopiques. What have brought you to this culture and this country and what is your relationship with Ethiopia?
Ethiopia called me, she called me (laughing). A friend was traveling in Sudan and Yemen and from Sudan he had tapes from Ethiopia and when he was back to Geneva we were one evening talking till late night and he made me listen to this music and I was like uau and all that east Africa sound just attracted me. There are several different scales which are really unique and that's what attract me to it.
Have you been there recently? What is your look on the situation in terms of urban culture because we know that this music and the collection at some point was considered too popular and almost like the devils music and the government cracked down on the labels and artists so how do you feel about the coming back of this modern music?
Recently no. We been in Ethiopia two years ago with the band. Its complicated everything is related to politics, the golden age was related to Haile Selassie then was Derg and Mengistu time which was hard for music. But that was also a new start for Ethiopian music, strangely, we might think that it was a period very bad which in one way its true but in another it was also ok because many new artists emerged in this period. Ok its not as great as the big bands and what we know about the great recordings of Mahmoud Ahmed but there was also something. And this was the 80s then 90s and now 2000´s there is a lot of artists coming in and we are a bit to fixed to this golden era syndrome in everything in every music, for example in festivals music from Ghana is French Ghana from 70s retro feeling. its good because its amazing music but theres is also a lot of new musicians who are struggling…We have to be careful with the golden era syndrome which is beautiful but now 2012 we have to move forward and…voila that's what I have to say about that hehe.