MuHa | Germa Aden
Saturday Nov 10th 7.30pm
The truly incomparable Germa Adan is performing at the Ort Cafe on Saturday. I hope you already have taken to the trouble to know all about Germa. Check out her newest song 'Come Live With Me' on bandcamp if not... Her last album, Kenbe Fém, was simply one of the great LPs of 2017, in a year of great LPs you might say. It's mixture of creole, rootsy folk-storytelling, coupled with the flawless ethereal beauty of Germa's voice is a pure joy to behold. Imagine Sudan Archives, floating on air.
Germa grew up in a musical family in Haiti and the southern states of the America. She came to learn the violin, a critical part of her sound, by chance... "I was in a crowded computer class in middle school and some of us were given the option to choose a different elective and I chose the string orchestra. I didn’t have a clue about what I was getting into but i knew I loved music... I was very fortunate to have supportive teachers along the way in middle school, high school and college who saw the potential and helped to develop my craft as a violinist and composer."
MuHa have just release their new record, Reka. They combine the Eastern European folklore with the melodic beauty of North Indian Kathak rhythms and Cuban beats in a delightfully dexterous global mash up. Featuring songwriter, Iryna Muha on vocals and guitar, guitarist, Dmitry Fedotov, with Louise Clements on bass/kathak vocals and Nikki Mckenzie percussion it's a folk fusion that might've velvet undergrounds
All to benefit Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham whose events celebrate the tradition of offering sanctuary in the UK to those fleeing persecution, and support for refugee artists to further their careers and reach new audiences. Sounds cool to me.
Hamilton High was born on Doheny Ave in the gutter, is a poet, writer and observer of popular culture. Likes fashion and cares less for style. He's on the move, he's an alter ego and we hardly ever hear from him.
March sees a greatly expanded reissue of Elliott Smith's most critically acclaimed album Either/Or