Watcha Clan are musical nomads on a mission in search of space and freedom, embodied in the voice of Sista K whose mixed Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Berber ancestry epitomizes the borderless roots of the clan’s music manifesto. The Diaspora is in the music, the music is in the Diaspora, blown on the winds across the waters from Algeria to Agadir to Andalucia, meeting in Marseille’s melting pot. On their never-ending world tour – where their multi-ethnic, multi-groove infusions regularly whip audiences into a dance frenzy – Marseille’s global beat outfit Watcha Clan met many talented DJs and fellow musical travelers. Friendship and mutual inspiration blossomed, communicated in the languages of dub, ragga, reggae, drum’n’bass and electro, sung to melodies traditional or modern, spiced with Arabic and Mediterranean flavors.
‘Diaspora Remixed‘ is the audio diary of these encounters. It features remixes of songs from their ‘Diaspora Hi-Fi: A Mediterranean Caravan‘ album by pioneering London collective Transglobal Underground, Balkan breakbeat maestri and kazoo virtuosi Shazalakazoo, EarthRise SoundSystem (NYC), Viennese sound-spice mixer Dunkelbunt, Dj Click (Paris), Gaetano Fabri (Brussels), BalkanXpress Soundsistema (Cologne), Spark (Berlin), Undergang & Mars Exist (Marseille), Barrio Populaire (Hamburg) and Stratman (Athens). The album is available now for download from iTunes etc.
Buy the group’s original CD:
- In North America: Diaspora Hi-Fi: A Mediterranean Caravan
- In Europe: Diaspora Hi-Fi: A Mediterranean Caravan
Author: World Music Central News Department
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