Watcha Clan Special

New album, new tour

(lifePR) ( Berlin, )
Hear the sound of one world united through music by tuning in to "radio Babel". It's now available worldwide as digital download, just as the musical nomads head out on the tour trail. Catch them live in a city near you!

The biblical city of Babel and its infamous tower have received bad press over the centuries. Yet the tower could also be viewed as a prototype radio transmitter, beaming out the sound of one vastly various, colorful world singing and dancing together. This is exactly how Watcha Clan sees the ancient structure and they've entitled their new album "radio Babel". While the band's powerful live instrumentation touched with electronic textures includes the indigenous music of Morocco, Algeria, Israel, Spain, the Balkans, Turkey and France, "radio Babel" is predominantly concerned with destroying boundaries everywhere. The first video, a mini-documentary focusing on Mexican-American border issues, is set to the song "We Are One", and features interviews with migrant workers and farmers.

Watcha Clan has always exhibited a visionary eclecticism in its sound, stretching from Gnawa trance and drum'n'bass to hip-hop, Balkan brass and Sephardic folk, with thriving bass-heavy pulsations countered by Sista K's show-stopping vocals. The group developed an international fan base with 2008's "Diaspora Hi-Fi".

The following year's "Diaspora Remixed" featured remixes by new found musical friends across the planet. Fuller song-writing is what's most conspicuous on "radio Babel". Kouti and K's harmonizing on the Tuareg-drenched "Hasnaduro" is yet another example of cultural convergence. Drawing from the great surge in Malian desert music via Tinariwen and Toumast, Watcha Clan injects a hearty dose of electric guitars, ululations and North African percussion into a throbbing dance track. Perhaps the most inventive song is the band's take on the 17th century Hebrew poem by Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, "Im Nin'alu", (featuring Merlin Sherpherd on clarinet and duduk) a song most famously covered by the late great Israeli singer Ofra Haza. The album also features other guests such as Balkan Brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia (on "Gypsy Dust"), Arab-Andalusian pianist Maurice el Medioni (on "Viens, Viens"), oud virtuoso Mehdi Haddab from Speed Caravan (on "Fever is Rising") and the Ahghanian Producer Farhot (Patrice, Nneka) on "We are One".

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