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Interviews & Portraits

The Toure-Rachel Collective by Nitzan Treystman

Entretien avec Vieux Farka Touré


Un an après son dernier album, 'The Secret' (Six Degrees), le guitariste malien Vieux Farka Touré est de retour en duo avec le pianiste israélien Idan Raichel (et quelques invités) pour un disque époustouflant et entièrement conçu en une seule session improvisée à Tel Aviv (The Touré-Raichel Collective, 'The Tel Aviv Sessions', Cumbancha). C'est dans un aéroport espagnol, où les deux musiciens...

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Masta Conga Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra

A short interview & blind-test with Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra


The latest Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra album Last Odyssey is "Sounding like deep and groovy black jazz with a timeless universality", "heavily recommended to all jazz fans who'll peel it off year after year"… Well that was the conclusion of my review but I also had the chance to meet with Masta Conga, percussionist and conductor of the project, ask him a few short questions...

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Soundway Records

The influence of Soundway Records on the Afro revival & diggin' scene


At the end of the summer of 1997, the most essential African musician, Fela Kuti, died, he was 58 and left a big hole in African music. In 1998, jazz DJ Russ Dewbury released on Harmless Records the first Africafunk compilation, as a "tribute to the towering influence of Fela Ransome Kuti", with a second volume released in 2000 selected by John Stapleton. 1998 was also the year Desco...

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Chicha Libre

Interview with Olivier Conan (Chicha Libre, english version)


Olivier Conan - (Chicha Libre, english version) (Interview by Nicolas Ragonneau, for Paris DJs - May 2012) Olivier Conan is Chicha Libre frontman, cuatro player and singer, a NYC band delivering a unique peruvian psychedelic cumbia-surf music-chanson française-pop & classical cocktail. Chicha Libre's first album (Sonido Amazonico, Barbès Records / Crammed Records) was a true 2008 revelation....

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Chicha Libre

Entretien avec Olivier Conan (Chicha Libre, version française)


Olivier Conan - (Chicha Libre, version française) (Entretien de Nicolas Ragonneau, pour Paris DJs - Mai 2012) Olivier Conan est le leader de Chicha Libre, un groupe de New York qui mêle, aux motifs tropicaux de la cumbia psychédélique péruvienne (la chicha), la surf pop, le rock et bien d'autres ingrédients. Le groupe a publié un premier disque fameux en 2008 (Sonido Amazonico, Crammed Records /...

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Clutchy Hopkins by Pablo Peiker

Clutchy Hopkins - The Interview That Never Happened


Clutchy Hopkins - The Interview That Never Happened Questions by Djouls & Nicolas Ragonneau for Paris DJs, early 2012 Who is Clutchy Hopkins? The question still remains unanswered. We met with Shawn Lee in Paris this month, and asked him about his tweet saying he was representing Clutchy Hopkins for booking purposes… The man smiled and replied that he had no idea what we were talking about....

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Wade Shuman

Interview with Wade Schuman (Hazmat Modine, english version)


Wade Schuman (Hazmat Modine) (Interview by Nicolas Ragonneau, for Paris DJs - May 2012) Wade Schuman is Hazmat Modine's frontman and founder, an incredible 8-piece and two-harmonicas blues band from NYC that sounds truly like no other. These adventurous musicians use unusual instruments and pour countless musical traditions, sounds and influences in their musical recipe (African, Caribbean,...

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Wade Shuman

Entretien avec Wade Schuman (Hazmat Modine, version française)


Wade Schuman (Hazmat Modine) (Interview de Nicolas Ragonneau, pour Paris DJs - Mai 2012) Wade Schuman est le leader et le créateur de Hazmat Modine, un incroyable groupe de blues à deux harmonicas et huit membres au total. Ces musiciens mêlent un nombre d'influences musicales quasi infini (klezmer, soul, gypsy, New Orleans, R'n'B, musiques africaines et caribéennes) et des instruments rares pour...

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Skerik

Interview with Skerik (English version)


Skerik (Interview by Nicolas Ragonneau, for Paris DJs - April 2012) Skerik's discography is as easy to follow as an invisible tiger's trail in the melting snow... so do not even try. This untamable Seattle-born but ubiquitous saxophonist's output could be compared to John Zorn or Mike Patton's discography in that respect. Besides, he shares with the californian singer a common taste for noisy...

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Skerik

Entretien avec Skerik (version française)


Skerik (Interview par Nicolas Ragonneau, pour Paris DJs - Avril 2012) La discographie de Skerik est à peu près aussi facile à suivre que la trace d'un tigre dans la neige fondue... ce n'est même pas la peine d'essayer, et il n'existe pas à ce jour une liste vraiment exhaustive de tout ce qu'il a pu accomplir. Né à Seattle, ce saxophoniste indomptable a joué sur plus de 100 disques et de ce point...

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