The festival Respect aims to introduce various music traditions and styles. “Like in previous years, we want to discover new territories in world music. We offer tastes of the most innovative world music, and we will bring music that already celebrates success on famous world festivals but is hardly seen in our country,” says the director and founder of Respect festival Borek Holeček.
Traditional and contemporary unite
As the biggest attraction, the festival features performance by Flamenco genius Duquende, who has been a singer for the great guitarist Paco de Lucia for many years and is considered the successor of the biggest 20th century Flamenco personality Camaron. Performance of the band Jagwa Music from Tanzania holds the promise of a gig full of energy that unites African drums, cheap Casio keybord and megaphone to create a unique mixture of afro punk and trance rap.
Jagwa Music in Dar es Salaam streets:
The festival will also feature one of the oldest living legends of African music Mulatu Astatke, nicknamed a father of Ethiopian Jazz. Astatke’s comeback is partially due to increased interest in Ethiopian music initiated by Robert Plant or Jim Jarmusch, who used Astatke’s music in the movie Broken Flowers. Astatke’s music is based on unique Ethiopian rhythm and scales.
On Saturday the party goes on until morning
Another confirmed performer is Brian Shimkovitz with his project Awesome Tapes, which is composed of the records that he collected on his journeys through Africa. Brian Shimkovitz will perform together with other performers on 16th June at 11 pm at the festival after party in Café NONA at the New Stage of the National Theatre. Other than that, we can look forward to the colourful drummers’ band Arifa, Cameroonian bluesman Roland Tchakounte or to the project Soul Motion by singers Nataša Mirković and Nenada Vasilice from Bosnia. The festival will also feature the exotic ensemble Terah Taali from Rajasthan India, striking women in colourful traditional costumes bedecked with little bells and cymbals that make sounds when a person moves will provide a precious glimpse of their culture.
For more information, visit www.respectmusic.cz.