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–DCatalogue set, and much more.
Club To Club takes place at various venues over its seven day run. Tickets are available from their website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The limited edition vinyl only anthology will also feature seven Badu essays about Fela
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died 20 years ago, would have been 79 on 15 October. To commemorate his birthday US label Knitting Factory has announced the fourth in its series of Kuti anthologies is a box set curated by Erykah Badu.
“I prefer things that come super-duper easy to me. Effortless creations are MY forte. That's how I feel about the music of Fela Kuti,” writes Badu. “IT’S SO GOOD that there is NO way he gave it any thought. With Fela, it seems to just have spilled right out of him. We instantly get the feeling that we are connected to those tones and vibrations. It is this breed of pure honesty that we are most attracted to, I think, because we get the feeling we are witnessing something... well, we should not. Largely, this is because we are automatically made part of a movement, manufactured as we watch. The maker and the watcher become one living, breathing organism.
“Fela Kuti is a fucking genius,” she declares. “Please listen to these tracks, preferably with a nice blunt… with a nice slow burn.”
Badu’s selections include “Coffin For Head Of State” (1980), “Yellow Fever” (1976), “No Agreement” (1977), “JJD (Johnny Just Drop)” (1977), “VIP” (1979), “Army Arrangement” (1984) and “Underground System” (1992).
Restored and remastered from Fela’s original recordings, Fela Kuti:Vinyl Box Set #4 will be released as a seven LP collection in a limited edition of 3000 copies. Badu has also penned seven essays for the set, which also includes seven in-depth commentaries written by Afrobeat historian Chris May, song lyrics and never before published photos of Fela Kuti, and a poster designed by Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu, who was responsible for 26 of Kuti‘s previous album covers. The series’ previous curators were Questlove in 2010, Ginger Baker in 2012, and Brian Eno in 2014.
Repeater Books are working with Darren Ambrose on the book set for publication in late 2018
Repeater Books are currently compiling a major anthology of Mark Fisher writings. The book will be edited by Darren Ambrose, with a foreword by Simon Reynolds.
Ranging from some of his earliest K-Punk blog essays in 2003 through to an unpublished K-Punk post on the recent US election, this comprehensive collection will bring together a selection of his writings on politics, popular culture, music, film and television. It will also include a selection of reviews and interviews and other key pieces on activism, precarity, hauntology, mental health and popular modernism, as well as his recent thoughts on acid communism. Wire writings featured will include a review of Sleaford Mods' Divide & Exit (The Wire 362) and David Bowie’s The Next Day (The Wire 351), plus the essay “Autonomy In The UK” (The Wire 335).
Still in the early stages of production, the anthology has a pencilled in late 2018 as a publication date.
Red Note Ensemble will open this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with two world premieres – one by Maja SK Ratkje and Kathy Hinde, the other by James Dillon
This year Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival commemorates its 40th birthday with two world premieres performed by Red Note Ensemble.
First up will be a new work by James Dillon which expands on New York Triptych, performed at the HCMF in 2013. Following that will be a part performance, part kinetic-sculptural piece by Norwegian composer Maja S K Ratkje titled Aeolian. For this new commission, Ratkje, who was the HMFC's composer in residence back in 2012, has collaborated with UK installation artist Kathy Hinde and accordion soloist Andreas Borregaard to build new air-activated instruments for a sculptural installation designed specifically with Red Note Ensemble in mind.
Lag to release the 1980s record companion to Akimi Yoshida’s manga comic of the same name
Following their September launch with the first ever reissue of Koharu Kisaragi/Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 12" Neo-Plant (reviewed in The Wire405), UK based Lag Records are set to release Joe Hisaishi's 1984 electronic score to the Shogakukan Manga Award winning comic KisshōTennyo, written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida.
Hisaishi is now best known for his soundtracks to Studio Ghibli classics like Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, as well as for his work with Kitano Takeshi aka Beat Takeshi, the Japanese comedian, screenwriter and TV personality responsible for Takeshi's Castle (as documented on the 2001 Polydor release Joe Hisaishi – Meets Kitano Films). Hisaishi’s earlier work showcased his skills as an electronic musician and composer of anime and manga soundtracks, such as KisshōTennyo’s breezy yet sometimes sinister collection of synth arpeggios.
The album has been remastered by Jerome Schmitt and comes with new artwork by Luna Monogatari. The gatefold LP includes a download card and poster and is available for pre-order now. Originally released by anime label Animage, KisshōTennyo will be reissued on 26 February 2018. You can listen to some excerpts below.
Forthcoming at Cafe Oto, the artist-run collective curates a night showcasing four artists from Taiwan
This November London-based artist collective Happened will celebrate Taiwanese experimental music at London's Cafe Oto. Four artists will feature at the event, including Chiyou Ding on electronics, Alöis Yang with an audio visual piece, Yen-Tzu Chang performing homemade electronic instruments and Lucia H Chung with non-input feedback improvisation.
“This particular event comes about from my desire of bringing people’s attention to Taiwanese experimental and electronic music” explains organiser and performer Lucia H Chung. “When talking about experimental music in Asia, people firstly think of Japan, and then perhaps more recently China. Taiwanese experimental music seems to be neglected on the map and I would like to use this opportunity to introduce the UK audience to Taiwanese artists and their work.”
Cafe Oto's Project Space will also be host to sound installation Micro Loop Macro Cycle by Alöis Yang.