Vladimir Ivkovic’s Library of Mysterious Compositions
Every now and then, Vladimir Ivkovic shows us around in his library and shares some of his finds. Enjoy the selection, but please be quiet.
At 79, Belgian-born Joel Vandroogenbroeck hasn’t got just a long name. His comparably long and fascinating career that began at the age of three saw him build up an impressive repertoire of unusual instruments and a diverse body of work that is gaining brand new fans today, thanks to multiple reissues of his albums in recent years. From classical cinematic pieces to drones and electronic funk, the experimental offerings of this multi instrumentalist is an acquired taste. For those ready to take the plunge, Tijmen Lohmeijer has prepared a selection from Vandroogenbroeck’s solo excursions to get your feet wet.
Long before Das Ding resurfaced as today’s Minimal Wave icon, before the Internet became commonplace and indispensable in every household, he was just Danny Bosten – a small town Dutch boy with pop music dreams. Dreams that turned him from a bass player in a teenage band called Spastix, to a fledging recording artist churning out cassette tapes from his bedroom studio, only to abandon the podium later to serve as a devout militant in the squats of the Dutch capital.
Of the countless tracks that make it to the airwaves each week at Red Light Radio, some leave a more lasting impression than others. From month to month, enjoy a sampling of favorite tracks heard on air, courtesy of the team at RLR. April’s picks include music by Sonya Spence, Minimal Man, Paraf and Rhythmus 23.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has brought forth some of the top-selling artists of the African continent, with the late 80s and early 90s famously dubbed the Belle Époque of African rumba music. Bands like Franco & Le T.P.O.K Jazz, Empire Bakuba and Afrisa International toured long distances to shake up the nightlife of cities like Nairobi, Luanda and even Paris and Amsterdam with their danceable Congolese rumba and soukous. Sung in Lingala – the lingua franca of capital city Kinshasa – the songs were naturally incomprehensible for those who did not speak it. But to the Congolese listener, they meant more than just a good night out. The music, with its accompanying diarrhée verbale was a lesson in straight talking.
In everyday life Shane Burmania has the grateful task as event programmer for The Rest is Noise, a concert series for the weird and wonderful in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. He also curates programs in contemporary music for the Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Shane has a soft spot for any music with hints of cosmic, futuristic and transcendental sounds. Here are Shane’s picks for April. Sit back and enjoy.
Some 16 years ago, a jazz drummer and ethnomusicology student was so taken by the broad Ghanaian musical vibration he experienced during his scholarship that it would eventually set him on an extraordinary path – away from academics and towards cassette culture. Luke Cohlen sat down with Brian Shimkovitz, better known as Awesome Tapes From Africa, the blog-turned-label that has been putting out quality reissues from cassette to vinyl since 2011.