Zap Mama is a dynamic fusion of polyphonic and afro-pop music, a harmonic music with a mixture of infused African vocal techniques, urban, hip hop with emphasis on vocals.
The worldwide success of Zap Mama, and an ensemble of female polyphonic singers, inspired influences in American hip hop, nu-soul, jazz and elements of pop. Singing songs in French and English with African World Music Roots,”Afropean” singer Marie Daulne was born in the Congo and grew up in Brussels.
She formed the group as an a cappella quintet in the late ‘80s, influenced by her discovery of Central Asian pygmy music. Zap Mama has evolved over the years into a pan-global dance group, with Marie’s powerful vocals in the lead. She moved to the U.S. for a time, and American jazz, soul and hip-hop became part of her musical mix, along with reggae, Latin and other world sounds.
Marie loves to work with other artists, and has recorded with Michael Franti, Common and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, among many others. Her mission is to be a bridge between the European and the African and bring the two cultures together with her music. Marie specializes in polyphonic, harmonic music with a mixture of heavily infused African instruments, R&B, and Hip-hop, and emphasizes voice in all her music, as”the voice is an instrument itself.”
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Dardelica is ear-tickling, spine-tingling, hip-wiggling dance music, featuring Johny Dar’s original ‘alien’ language – designed to inspire new realms of movement and experience.
A fusion of organic and electronic sound, Dardelica combines tribal beats and Johny’s alien vocals to launch listeners into a sonic journey like no other on earth…These intergalactic soundscapes speak to the body and ripple in the soul, inviting an embodied dance experience that reveals new realms of perception, and mind-bending insights about life, the universe and human-kind!
In just two short earth years Dardelica have performed at a multitude of festivals including Freedom Festival, Giving Tree, Sunrise, Whirl-y-Fayre, and Mistress Mary, as well as at events in London, Berlin and Milan. They have shared the stage with renowned artists including Hallucinagen, Stanton Warriors, and Banco de Gaia, and played alongside Nanoplex, Neutrino,The Egg, Slamboree, Tongue and Groove and many others, establishing themselves as a fresh, groundbreaking act in the earthling electronic and festival scenes.
Dardelica have also performed at London, Berlin and Milan fashion weeks and attracted support from international publications including Clash Magazine, Kaltblut, 1883 Magazine, Paste Magazine, Music Week, and more.
A true visionary with unmistakable, unforgettable style, sound and her very own kind of psychedelic sauce, Michele Adamson has carved out a unique presence both as a performer and producer, whose work is at the cutting edge of dance music.
She has performed her ‘PsyVocal’ Trance, Electro and Chill-out live shows in some of the world’s biggest superclubs, in the Far and Middle East, Russia, Europe, the US, South America, and Australia, and worked with a broad spectrum of producers, applying her distinct and mesmerising vocals to a rich range of dance and ambient music.
Michele is equally at home writing, performing, DJ-ing and producing. She has lent her vocal talents to numerous recordings and can be heard on many esteemed albums and compilations, including Shpongle’s ‘Tales Of The Inexpressible’, ‘Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland’, Alan Parsons’ ‘A Valid Path’, Younger Brother’s ‘Flock of Bleeps’, Infected Mushroom’s ‘Converting Vegetarians’ and many more – the list is as diverse as it is long. She has had chart topping hits with Astrix, Dino Psaras, Art of Trance, Coming Soon!!!, GMS, Sub6, Eddie Bitar and many others, collaborating with an ever-growing network of top producers to bring exciting developments to the world of dance music.
She continues to produce her own genre-busting records, as well as deliver wicked DJ sets of Tech house and low bpm, Trance and Eclectic chill around the world, and to perform live with Shpongle & Infected Mushroom.
The Egg are dance floor technicians – they play live rocktronic, funk and house inspired big textural dance music. Their live performances are legendary multimedia experiences where they combine electronic and live instruments with synched video samples with vocoder’d live vocals to create a audiovisual show that draws its sonic Inspiration from bands the likes of Pink Floyd, New Order, Underworld and Air.
The band are based around twins Ned (keys and vocals) and Maff Scott (drums), with bass and guitar – up to 4 -people but often have guest musicians: Moog bass, guitar, slide guitar, vocalists, rap/ beatbox, theramin, flute ,violin, video artists and live painters, & Midi controlled video samples or LED.
The Egg have worked with / remixed by: Tocadisco, Mylo, David Guetta, Rollo (Faithless), Camille Jones, Next men, Fila Brazillia,Psychemagik, Freddy Mercury (remix), Dusty Kid, Ulrich Schnauss, White Bully, DJ Sasha Oliver Koletski, Gaudi, Greg Hunter (Orb), Youth (Pink Floyd), John Monkman, Steve Norris, Matt Black (Coldcut) & producers Robin Twelftree, Benji Vaughan, Bruno Ellingham, Tim Holmes & John Leckie.
The band are well known on the UK festival circuit and the club scene, performing in a range of different situations. The Egg enjoyed a worldwide hit with the massive (Berlin based) Tocadisco electro-house remix of ‘Walking Away’ and the David Guetta bootleg that followed (no.3 UK charts, no.1 (Spain 6 weeks), and the biggest selling dance tune in the world that year. They also co-wrote ‘For Lovers’ with Pete Doherty (UK no7), and while their 1st album ‘100%’ (recorded live) opened festival doors, they have since continued to tour worldwide playing in Bali, California, Hawaii, HongKong, Europe, Australia and Brazil, India, Ibiza, and the USA.
With more than 15 years experience on the psychedelic trance circuit, Joe Markendale (aka Sonic Species) has combined tenacity and talent to carve out a unique sound and relentless rise to the top of the music scene he loves the most.
Taking the stage at festivals and clubs around the globe, Sonic Species has played around the globe from India to South Africa to the United Kingdom, blowing crowd after crowd away with his psy-fueled sets and infectious sound.
After the global success of his debut studio album ‘Unleash The Beat’, and a succession of hit tracks over the last few years, while performing repeatedly at most leading international electronic music events, Sonic Species has established himself as one of the world’s leading psy-trance artists, delivering a solid supply of ground shaking music including tracks like “Trance Is Life”, “Tokyo Sunrise”, and “Just Another Freak” – all must-listens for those looking to experience a proper psychedelic ride to other dimensions.
Ayla Schafer is a multi-lingual folk singer-songwriter weaving together a stunning repertoire of original poetic songs.
With a growing international presence, Ayla has become known for combining the worlds of folk music with ceremonial / medicine music, a movement with a growing community dedicated to the healing power of song.
The turning point in Ayla’s musical expression took place six years ago when she went travelling in South America. The years she spent away from her home shook her world and reshaped her writing as she explored the mystery of the inner landscape whilst learning with many indigenous traditions. This unveiled a new depth and honesty, inspiring her compositions to express the beauty and rawness of the human experience.
In addition to her album releases, working alongside organisations protecting the Amazon Rainforest, Ayla released the single ‘Music Plants Trees’ and the ‘Music plants Trees’ Remix (Featuring Chris Paradox) with Agami Records in 2020 giving 100% of profits to tree planting projects. She is also leading the way in ‘Artivism’ with the campaign ‘Music Plants Trees’; the vision and mission to help reforest the world through music and support social and environmental causes through art.
Her new album Silent Voices was released on 20th November 2020 via Nixi Music: a moving, intricate folk record that combines musical elements from contrasting parts of the world but carries a message about inclusivity and introspection. An album title that is especially relevant for the challenging times we all face, calling for cultures to be more aligned on issues we encounter as a species, and the environment we live in.
Silent Voices is the follow-up to Ayla’s 2017-released, co-produced debut Dive into Water, a record that looks to tap into an authentic and heartfelt journey of light, courage, depth, and truth.
In 2006 Tongue & Groove was born with a mission to create music that is the best combination of progressive, techno and psychedelic trance. With their musical roots immersed in the beginnings of goa trance, they wanted to produce a new sound that both captured the best of that epic era with a new and exciting twist that could be best described as psy-techno – a sound they have pioneered and is now spreading like wildfire around the world.
Jake Ainley and Ric Featherstone are both deeply passionate electronic music lovers, who have been involved in the scene for many years. They met at Flying Rhino and T.I.P parties in the 1990’s when the scene was exploding, and forged a mutual deep love of the psychedelic scene and a passion for music production and DJ’ing. After putting on parties and DJ-ing together for over a decade, they decided to get in the studio and create the twisted sonic delights that they considered to be proper party music.
These days, Tongue & Groove are on a roll, with a chart topping No 1 Album, four consecutive top ten hits, and booking worldwide to perform at major international festivals. Signed to Nano Records they have also released on multiple other labels such as Echoes Records/Iboga Records /Flow Records,/Liquid Records). With support from the likes of Paul Oakenfold, John 00 Flemming, Nick Warren, James Monro, Perfect Stranger, Tristan, Lucas, Dick Trevor and Ace Ventura and many many more, Tongue and Goove continue to explore, evolve, and rock dance floors around the world.
Ben Temple Step is a music producer, DJ, sonic ceremonialist and sound healer, who brings multicultural indigenous influences together with an eclectic mix of electronic music genres, taking the listener on a dance journey across earth’s cultures and beyond.
Temple Step brings a unique fusion of experience in DJing, Live Music and Sound Healing, and over 25 year’s experience in music production, collaborating with and remixing artists such as Desert Dwellers, Deya Dova, Peruquois, Ganga Giri, Murry Kyle, Wild Marmalade, Raio, Darpan and Fire Mane.
When Temple Step is not touring the planet, he resides in Bali producing music for musicians, wellness industry professionals and resident DJ-ing at one of the globes biggest Ecstatic Dance venues in Ubud.
International quintet Curawaka describe their unique sound as sacred world music.
A respectful yet passionate way of connecting the new with the ancient, the open mind and searching heart with the spiritual and ritual. The quintet leads us on a journey through the soundscape of the natural world and its native indigenous cultures, invoking a deep memory of something meaningful and profound in most of us.
Curawaka has spent years living with, and learning from, indigenous tribes all over the globe. Vocalist Anna Bariyani sings in seven languages, including Hatcha Kuin, Yawanawa, Sami, Spanish, Portuguese, English and her mother tongue, Norwegian. Her songs celebrate and echo the voices of the peoples of the natural world, their spirituality and sacred practices.
Hailing from as far apart as Norway, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Brazil, Curawaka are – like their music – of the world. Geographical and musical backgrounds and differences challenge and expand their distinctive sound, allowing for contrasts and nuances. Musicians Tavo Vasquez, Alberto Arroyo, Cesar Alcedo, Rafael Ayala Silva and Txai Fernando bring the groove, playfulness and passion that comes with their latin folk rhythms and traditions, weaving a vivid and playful tapestry for Anna Bariyani to vocally embellish with her clear, strong and luminous voice.
Their debut album Call of the Wild (Nixi Music 2018) is a tribute to cultural heritage and folklore of peoples or the natural world, as well as an accomplished amalgam of musicianship and spirituality.
Curawaka aim to connect and inspire the wilderness of the human heart, calling for humanity to wake up and unite to defend what is true, good and sacred.
A truly independent talent with an authentic and humble approach, Paolo moved to London from his native Italy in the late 90s, and is now a much loved resident at various London venues and UK festivals.
A competent and experienced producer and DJ, Paolo’s extensive musical background has nurtured his ability to create and deliver soulful tracks and stirring sets, and move seamlessly between house, techno, deep house, jazz, blues, drum ’n’bass and beyond.
Fusing the funk with the fury, and mixing melodies with rhythms that roll as one, Paolo continues to inspire and co-create dance floors of restless happy feet wherever he plays. He has played alongside and back to back with big names like Tiesto, and supported iconic talents including Carl Cox, Mauro Picotto, Signum, Infected Mushroom, Astric, Chris Liebing and many others.
Versatile with his musical style and DJ skills, Paolo’s open minded approach allows him to enjoy a broad spectrum of places and events, as well as to read and delight crowds of all kinds from behind the decks.
Carla Chamoun of Beirut, Lebanon, is a young tri-lingual rising artist who blends modern Arabic music into an oriental twist through her emotions and astonishing voice in Arabic, English and French.
A poet, visual artist and singer, Carla has become known for socially-conscious music that tackles subjects like corrupt systems, the patriarchy and social media, and is passionate about applying her talent for a valuable causes. Carla has performed multiple solo concerts in Beirut and the region and released her first debut album “Ajmal Chi” featuring The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.
Blick Bassy is one of Africa’s most inventive and distinctive singer-songwriters. Hailing from Cameroon, Blick was born in 1974 and grew up in Yaoundé, its capital. He came to appreciate his cultural heritage when he was sent to live with his grandparents in their village at the age of ten, learning about the Bassa culture of his ancestors.
Blick Bassy formed his first band in Cameroon at the age of 17. They were called The Jazz Crew and would later develop into Macase, an inventive jazz fusion group inspired by local rhythms with three singers, all singing a different Cameroonian language. It was here that Blick began to revinvigorate bassa as a language that could be used in modern music, a language that he felt the younger generations should appreciate.
After 10 years of performing with Macase – in which the group toured around Africa and played a number of festivals in Europe – Blick grew frustrated with the lack of infrastructure for an artist in Cameroon and decided to move to Paris. It was there, in 2005, that Blick started his solo career, at first collaborating with a wide range of artists, before eventually releasing his debut album Léman (a record that fused West African and Central African rhythms) in 2009, and following it up with Hongo Calling in 2011. His style mixes African, Latin and American musical influences, lyrics in the Cameroonian Bassa language with guitar, banjo, cello and trombone.
After the release of this album Blick moved to Cantin, a small village in the North of France. After touring heavily for many years, Blick Bassy released 1958, a defiant tribute to the heroes who fought and died for the independence of his native Cameroun. An album to thaw the heart and sharpen the mind, it’s focus is specific, but its themes – the bondage of neo-colonialism, the need for heroes, the relevance of history and the search for true identity – are universal.
With a troubadour free-spirit, and creative passion for life, UK singer-songwriter Carrie Tree sings with an honesty and devoted love for this earth and all within it, touching a deep place inside the hearts of her listeners. She has spent many years exploring different lands and cultures, and shares her inspiration through story and song.
Creating an intimate setting, Carrie offers self-penned poetic music, weaving her mesmeric voice around her guitar, piano and percussion. At the heart of her work is a powerful capacity for storytelling, as she tackles subjects like ecocide, asylum, and refugees with determination and tender passion, allowing her to shine a light where others fear to even tread.
This artist has been a known name in the UK’s acoustic music scene for many years and has toured in countless retreats, festivals and concerts across the world. She has collaborated live and in the studio with Damien Rice, Carly Simon, Fink, Albert Mazibuko (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Rumer, Aukai, Mirabai Ceiba, Murray Kyle, Martha Tilston, Andy Barlow of Lamb, as well as countless other beautiful musicians.
Carrie has self-released 3 studio albums – The Kitchen Table, ‘Home To The Invisible’, and ‘The Canoe’ produced by Markus Sieber (Aukai/MIrabai Ceiba), completed in Iceland and released in 2019.
Axel Thesleff is an electronic musician and producer based in Helsinki, Finland. His style is very diverse, ranging from bass-heavy bangers to more relaxed and deep tracks, never forgetting about the emotion and story behind each piece of music. His tunes will make subwoofers purr, but also deliver an emotional impact which resonates with your soul.
Axel’s popularity has been paced up by his 2014 release, Bad Karma. Which has been streamed more than 300 million times on Youtube and millions more on Spotify and Soundcloud. Also, his other releases have been noticed by BBC Asian Network, Kiss Fm Romania, Ylex Finland and lots of other radio channels around the world. Several club gigs, festival performances, and interesting collaborations are just a beginning of this skilled, but humble musicians career.
Graziella was born in Berlin, the daughter of a German-Polish mother and an Afghan father. She grew up in Moabit and Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Graziella began learning the guitar at the age of three and the violin at the age of four. For her first communion at nine, she got her long-awaited piano. For a while she wanted to be a dancer and took ballet lessons for seven years.
In 1995 she became an external student at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory of Music and studied the classical violin as well as the classical piano. When she turned thirteen she started writing her first songs and, ever since has put every painful as well as joyous experience into one of her very personal but yet easily accessible songs.
In 2001 she quit her classical studies to team up with a duo, touring and performing throughout Europe. After the duo-breakup in 2004 she decided to take her career into her own hands, moved to Hamburg and started composing her first solo album.
She has since won the regional Emergenza Acoustic Showcase, 6 Singer Songwriter Slams in a row and was the winner of the 2007 Summer Singer Songwriter Finals. Graziella recently released her debut EP and describes her musical style as acoustic handmade pop music.
At the age of 7, Morillo first stepped into the world of making music by sitting down behind a set of drums, and discovering his passion for creating infectiously captivating beats. 20 years later, and Morillo has produced for and performed live with multiple international artists such as Rhye, Groundation, and Childish Gambino.
With his debut solo project, ‘MORiLLO’, he has begun to deeply immerse himself into the world of electronic music through his own bass heavy productions. Perfect for big festival stages or intimate club dance floors, MORiLLO’s productions can be described as bass-music, influenced by a blend of hip hop, dub, and world music. Through his live performances, Morillo strives to create a globe-spanning, rhythm- and-bass fueled dance party that will leave his audiences in an elevated state of euphoric bliss.
Since launching his solo act in 2014, he has been instantly embraced by the bass music scene on a national level with support from the likes of Muti Music, Play Me Records, Gravitas Recordings, TroyBoi and Ekali, and has been invited to perform at many prestigious gatherings like Lightning in a Bottle, Coachella, Shambhala, Lucidity, Symbiosis, and Enchanted Forest. In addition, Morilloʼs music has been recognized as the “sound of GoPro” and featured in many online videos, including GoProʼs “Best of 2016” video which currently has over 2 million views.