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Rewire announces first acts confirmed for their eighth edition

Artists lined up to play in The Hague in April 2018 include Laurie Anderson, Deena Abdelwahed, Ellen Arkbro, Nina Kraviz, Umfang and others

The Hague's Rewire festival has released its first roll call of acts for its eighth edition. Happening at various venues across the city centre between 6–8 April, the programme will feature performances, commissions, collaborations, club nights, talks and screenings. The line-up so far includes Laurie Anderson, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein present Stranger Things, Nina Kraviz, Ben Vince, Chino Amobi, Daniel O’Sullivan & Dream Lion Ensemble, Deena Abdelwahed, Ellen Arkbro & Zinc & Copper, Farai, Golden Retriever, JASSS, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, Karen Gwyer, MHYSA, Ninos Du Brasil, Raphael Vanoli, Širom, Sugai Ken, The Thing, Umfang, Visionist & Pedro Maia, and others. Various themes and topics are planned as focal points for the festival, but are yet to be confirmed.

Early Bird Passes are on sale from now until 1 November.

Tyshawn Sorey is artist-in-residence at Jazzfest Berlin

New York based composer, drummer and bandleader takes up residency, performing with four separate acts

The 54th edition of Berlin Jazzfest will take place from 31 October – 5 November. This year the event will be directed by Richard Williams for the third and final time, hosting the festival's core focus on the connections of the music scene of Berlin with the US and London. Invited as the festival's first ever artist-in-residence will be American drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey, who will appear in four combinations. With his regular trio at Haus der Berliner Festspiele on 2 November; with saxophonist Angelika Niescier, with Gebhard Ullmann, and solo on 4 November, and with a big band of 20 the following night.

As part of the theme, other US guests include Nels Cline, Ambrose Akinmusire, Heroes Are Gang Leaders, Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone and John Beasley, while the London scene will be covered by concerts with Shabaka and the Ancestors, Mônica Vasconcelos, Kit Downes and Empirical.

The festival will also make a point of celebrating the centenary of the birth of Thelonious Monk, whose compositions will be explored by MONK'estra with Till Brönner and Silke Eberhard & Sarah Tandy. Jazzfest will also be hosting a series of shows over the airwaves.

Full details can be found on their website.

Long overdue Keith Rowe biography to be published next year

Brian Olewnick documents the guitarist’s life from his childhood through the mid-1960s experimental music scene to the present day

The first authorised biography of AMM founding member Keith Rowe will be published next year. Titled Keith Rowe: The Room Extended, the book was written by music writer and some time Wire contributor Brian Olewnick, who has been working on it for more than 12 years. Through a combination of research and original interviews, he traces the story of Rowe, the visual artist who turned guitarist and free improvisor, and played a major part in the experimental music scenes of 1960s London and beyond, influencing generations to come.

Keith Rowe: The Room Extended will be published by Power House in April 2018. Pre-orders are available now.

JK Flesh returns to Birmingham label Downwards

Exit Stance EP sees the Godflesh founder return to his fellow Midlands label for his first original solo release proper

Justin K Broadrick aka JK Flesh’s new EP will be released by Peter Sutton and Karl O'Connor's Downwards imprint in November. Called Exit Stance, it follows Nothing Is Free, a collection of two years’ worth of recordings given away as a free download via Bandcamp in 2015. A year later Downwards released the title track as a 12", featuring a Surgeon remix and “Kontorted” on the B side.

Broadrick's first original solo release as JK Flesh for the label will be released by Downwards on 27 November. Broadrick recently appeared in a duo with longtime collaborator Kevin Martin at Unsound, where they performed alongside Moor Mother under their new alias Zonal.

You can listen to the EP’s title track below.

Bernie Krause loses equipment in California wildfires

KQED has reported that Krause and his wife escaped the fire unharmed

KQED has reported that electronic music pioneer Bernie Krause has lost decades' worth of music equipment and other memorabilia in the Northern California wildfires that caused havoc last week, with the death toll reaching more than 40 people.

The fire reached their 10-acre compound in Glen Ellen on 9 October, reported KQED, with Krause explaining: “The whole hillside near our house had burst into flames, almost like spontaneous combustion. I only had time to make sure my wife could make it to the car [...] The road was completely on fire. We drove through a wall of flames and were lucky enough to get out.”

“I lost all my recording equipment and my guitar, which I used when I replaced Pete Seeger in the Weavers”.

Though he confirms that he does have recordings of his stored on hard drives kept outside of the home.

Club To Club returns with its 17th edition under the banner Cheek To Cheek

Happening during Contemporary Art Week in Turin, artists include Kraftwerk, Jlin, Mura Masa, Yves Tumor, Actress and others

Cheek To Cheek is the theme of this year's Club To Club festival in Turin. Now in its 17th year, it aims to recapture the physical nature of the club environment, as opposed to what they see as the ever increasing use of social media platforms as a means of communication.

Running from 1–7 November, the line-up features Bill Kouligas, Kamasi Washington, Arca & Jesse Kanda, Demdike Stare, Jlin, Shapednoise, Helena Hauff, Jacques Greene, Lanark Artefax, Lorenzo Senni, Actress, Powell, Kraftwerk performing their 3–D Catalogue set, and much more.

Club To Club takes place at various venues over its seven day run. Tickets are available from their website.

Digging The Global South kicks off in November

Following its 2017 Night Of Surprise, Stadtgarten will host a festival of electronic music from Africa and the African diaspora

Cologne’s three day Digging The Global South festival begins in November. It not only focuses on electronic music from Africa and the African diaspora; it also explores the music’s means of production, distribution and reception in a digital age via a series of concerts, a club night and talks with labels, journalists and musicians who mediate between African music scenes and a European audience.

“It is breathtaking how the current hype around African music – like the sophisticated Western market’s hunger for art from ‘outside the crystal palace’ in general – coincides with stricter immigration regimes and the resurgence of reactionary concepts of cultural identity,” states Digging The Global South curator Thomas Gläßer. “There seems to be a strong yearning for an outside world beyond our saturated and hyper-commodified culture, beyond its simultaneous stagnation and dizzying pace, its anxiety and isolated individuality – but it won’t be satisfied on a symbolic level only.”

The festival line-up includes Klein, Benjamin Noys, DJ Marfox, DJ Lag, Don’t DJ aka Florian Meyer, Elsa M’Bala, C-Drik, FAKA, Luka Guindo, Lukas Ligeti, Maha El Nabawi, Mahmoud Refat, Moor Mother, Rough Americana, and many more.

Digging The Global South takes over Cologne’s Stadtgarten and Studio 672 from 2–4 November.

Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi has died

The Konono No 1 bandleader’s death linked to diabetes

Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, the bandleader for Konono No 1, died on 16 October. He was 56 years old. Their amplified likembe player, he had only recently taken over leadership from his father Mingiedi Mawangu, who died in 2015, aged 86 and who had been the sole remaining original member of the group that was founded circa 1966 in Kinshasa.

The band posted on Facebook: “Konono No 1's proud and brave leader Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi has passed away yesterday. He'd been ill for several months. We are devastated. But Konono No 1 are indestructible, and we've been continuing to work and perform.”

Released in 2004 by Belgium’s Crammed Discs label, Konono No 1’s debut album Congotronics was the first in a series of records produced by Belgian producer Vincent Kenis that showcased electrified traditional Congolese music

Kenis paid his respects in a statement sent to NPR: "On the footsteps of his father the great Mingiedi, founder of Konono No 1, likembe virtuoso Augustin Mawangu acted as a pionneer by enhancing the instrument's expressivity with electronic devices and new techniques, with stunning effects. His brilliant and bold playing, his stage presence, his humour and high spirits graced many projects.... It's a great honour for me to have worked with him."

The group have confirmed that the band will continue with Augustin's son Makonda taking over as lead likembe player. He'll be fronting the band with original singer Menga Waku.

JK Flesh and Daniel O’Sullivan join fundraiser for homelessness charity

Oxford’s Audioscope festival in aid of Shelter takes place in November

Raising money for the homelessness charity Shelter, the Audioscope festival will play out at Oxford’s The Bullingdon on 17 November. This year's line-up features Nathan Fake, Justin Broadrick aka JK Flesh, The KVB, a solo performance by Daniel O’Sullivan, R Seiliog, July Skies, Masiro and Sex Swing.

Since it began in 2001 Audioscope has raised more than £30,000 for the charity. Co-organiser Stuart Fowkes says: “To have been able to present some of our all-time favourite artists from around the world and raise so much to fight homelessness at the same time is both an incredible achievement and a privilege for us.”

Audioscope has also released five albums in aid of Shelter, featuring contributions from Amon Tobin, Eluvium, John Parish, Beak> and Dirty Beaches, among others.

Tickets for Audioscope are on sale now, priced £17.50.

Basement 5's 1965–1980 and In Dub albums reissued

The punk dub music of photographer Dennis Morris's group is once again available

Two albums by punk dub fusion outfit Basement 5 will be reissued on 20 October. Formed in 1978, the group originally featured Winston Fergus and then film maker Don Letts on vocals, but in 1979 the photographer and designer Dennis Morris took the reins.

“I never wanted to be a rock star,” says Morris, who worked with Bob Marley, Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, among others. “For me it was a progression of my art, a natural move. I had created images, band logos and I wanted to create a new sound, a new look – the band wore long johns, ski masks, cycling gloves, whilst lyrically it was based on my youth growing up in inner city London.”

Of the two reissues, the title of 1965–1980 spans the year Morris arrived in the UK from Jamaica and the album’s original release date; In Dub was also released in 1980 by Island Records. Island subsequently reissued the albums in 1992. Both were produced by Factory Records’ in-house producer Martin Hannett. Basement 5 were short-lived, however, splitting up after a few years.

1965–1980 and In Dub are reissued by PIAS on 20 October. The 1965–1980 set features a 12 page booklet of rare and unseen photos from Dennis Morris’s archives, while a limited number of In Dub’s vinyl pressings will include a reproduction of photographic contact sheet, again from Morris's archive. Rough Trade shop is also stocking a white vinyl edition of In Dub.

Listen to “Riot” from 1965–1980