Rough Guide: Ethno Port 2012
Ethnoport Prologue: 21 July 2012
Ethnoport Festival: 9 - 11 August 2012
As their mission statement tells us the organizers of Ethno Port are grounded by a shared belief that music is a universal language that can bring people together for delight and emotion. On this basis they have rallied round and managed to craft a spectacular looking line-up for this years summer festival.
The festival is held in the picturesque setting of the old Warta River channel in Poznán. The event takes place over three evenings 9 - 11 August 2012, with a pre-festival warm-up gig commencing on 21 July 2012.
Here our are recommendations of what to see at the festival...
Celso Pina: 9 August 2012
Mexican accordionist Celso Pina is set to rock the stage with his own brand of contagious cumbia. Pina, also known as El Rebelde del Acordeón (The Accordion Rebel) is renowned for mixing rap, reggae, dub and even hip hop into his style.
In recognition of his seismic role Pina has been awarded no less than two Latin Grammy Awards; ‘Best Contemporary Tropical Album’ and ‘Best New Artist From The North’. He is often credited with single-handedly creating the cumbia scene in Monterrey and has helped spread the genre worldwide.
Catch the legend at Ethno Port for a guaranteed session of feel good music.
Noreum Machi: 10 August 2012
The Korean percussion group Noreum Machi formed in 1993 with the aim of re-discovering tradition via a performance that could be relevant to the population of Korea today. The group takes is name from the name given to indicate a combination of skill and timing attained by only the best players, and it would seem Noreum Machi have such powers in spades themselves.
Critics have called Noreum Machi a 'fascinating future-orientated ensembles' in light of their innovative streak and penchant for mixing the very old with the very, very new.
Get ready to be drummed up a storm by Noreum Machi at Ethno Port 2012.
Vidlunnia: 11 August 2012
Vidlunnia comes from the word meaning 'echo' in the Ukranian language and reflects some of the ghostly sensibilities heard in their music.
Their style is angular and pulsing at once. Strings jut out, criss-crossing each other and a whirling hurdy-gurdy at break-neck speed. Their music belies a definitie Stravinksian influence, and their remission that their primary influence in the life-rhythm of peasants immediately conjurs up allusions to 'The Rite Of Spring'.
Treat yourself to the sounds of the young Polish avant-garde, you won't regret it.
Arifa: 11 August 2012
Arifa formed in Amsterdam just two years ago but have quickly risen to achieve excellence as an ensemble. Their music explores the music of Istanbul, Bucharest and Amsterdam with modern electronics and contemporary improvisations.
Expect in depth adventures into new and imagined soundworlds alongside references to the traditional music of each member's homeland.
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