Berlin, Germany – Popdeurope 2004 will be held July 17 – August 20,
2004, in Berlin, at the House of World Cultures. The festival stays true to the
search for the most exciting new pop sounds going down in European cities and
this year the event is dedicated to pop music’s roots, Africa.
Once again, Popdeurope is presenting six summer night sets, this time grouped
under the title of Sounds: Afropean-A-Licious, showcasing artists whose
lives may be centered in Europe but whose music explores non-European sounds and
styles. Afro-beat influences are very much evident in the Afro-Caribbean rhythms
laid down by P18, a project initiated by former Mano Negra keyboarder Tom Darnal,
and are similarly found shaping the cyber-tech-rock grooves pumped out by
Portuguese pop aliens Blasted Mechanism in their mix of futuristic sounds and
Angolan storytelling.Dancehall, hip-hop, R’n’B and soul – all styles long since advanced to global
pop-music languages, creating new urban sounds as local roots blend with the
pulse of their beats. As in past years, Popdeurope 2004 provides a broad
framework to pay tribute to these developments, offering club nights, video
installations, workshops, a photo exhibition on hip-hop in Senegal, and a CD
Popdeurope 2003 saw more than 10,000 guests grooving to the six concerts, club
shows, and sound system nights at the House of World Cultures, helping to make
Popdeurope into one Berlin’s most successful music events last year.
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.