The Dancing Turtle label in London will be holding a large world music event, Merdeka, in London, April 7th, 9 pm to 4 am. Merdeka will be held at Jamm in Brixton. Address: 261 Brixton Road, London SW9 6LH. Tel: 020 7274 5537. For directions go to:
There will be a live audio streaming of the event on the internet at www.piratetv.net from 2130 GMT on the night.
The night is a fundraising and awareness raising event for the ‘Free West Papua‘ human rights campaign. This is a global group campaigning on behalf of the native West Papuan people who are alleged to be suffering terribly at the hands of their Indonesian occupiers. According to the organizers, over 100,000 native people have been killed by Indonesian army and militia and very little news is reaching the outside world as there is an Indonesian imposed ban on foreign journalists entering the region. “In recent months, violence and killings have escalated at an alarming rate.“
Proceeds from the evening will go towards refugee support funds for Papuan refugees in the UK, and helping develop the charity further. “Putting on a event like this is crucial. To raise awareness for these peoples plight and allow music and live performance to do what they do best – bring people of all races and backgrounds together.”
Confirmed live performances for the evening include the highly acclaimed producer collective Jazzanova, Future World Funk (Montreux Jazz Festival, Womad, Glastonbury), Sambura (Brazilian samba funk act), Sabari (African drumming collective), and Kid Harpoon (UK folk sensation). There will also be a special performance from native West Papuans – The Lani Singers. This will be the first time that a live performance of West Papuan music has taken place in London. There will also be DJs from Colombia, Brazil, Zaire and India playing global beats/Latin/afro funk/roots.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.