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Nuits sonores & Meakusma invite you to celebrate the release of the Hedzoleh Soundz remix 12” on Meakusma, with live performances by Jimi Tenor, Mark Ernestus & Tikiman and Gavsborg and a dj set by Waltraud Blischke at Les Ateliers Claus on 14 October.
Hedzoleh Soundz were one of the first and most original ‘Afro’ bands from 1970s Ghana, playing an unusual mix of traditional music and western rock as part of the West African Highlife scene. The music for the Hedzoleh album was used by legendary South-African trumpeter Hugh Masekela as the backbone to his afro-jazz classic, “Masekela – Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz”. After reissuing Hedzoleh in 2022, a collaborative effort between Meakusma and Soundway, the new remix 12inch sees Jimi Tenor, Mark Ernestus, Gavsborg and Waltraud Blischke transport Hedzoleh’s tracks into new spheres and circumstances.
With the support of Ostbelgien

  • Gavsborg

  • Gavsborg hails from East Kingston, Jamaica. He is a member of the group Equiknoxx with Jordan Chung (Time Cow) and founder of the label and collective Equiknoxx Musiq. His recent output is widely credited with reinventing Jamaican dancehall, which he has helped to steer towards experimental and futuristic electronic music. This left-field approach to production has afforded him the opportunity to work with a wide variety of artists and labels from different corners of music such as: Mavado, Aidonia, Dirty Projectors, Palmistry, Addis Pablo, De La Ghetto, Busy Signal, Spice, Missy Elliott DDS, Swing Ting, Domino Records and more.


  • Jimi Tenor

  • Jimi Tenor needs no introduction. He ever remains the incredibly productive musician whose work lies beyond current trends, next to being a performer who combines afro-american music, spontaneous silliness and shameless glamour, all in his very own way. His musical catalogue is vast and has seen him release music on Puu, Warp, Bureau B and many more labels. He has also worked as a photographer, has directed short films and designed clothes and musical instruments. Now an established European artist who operates outside of the mainstream, his music appeals to clubbers, alternative rock enthusiasts and jazz and funk rebels alike.


  • Mark Ernestus & Tikiman

  • Mark Ernestus and Tikiman have a longstanding collaboration going, ever since releasing the first and legendary Rhythm & Sound 12” in the second half of the 90s.
    Ernestus is the founder of the legendary Hard Wax record store, which in 1989 laid the foundation for Berlin’s electronic club music scene. He played a key role in establishing the Berlin-Detroit nexus, and started creating music as one half of Basic Channel, with its deep, immeasurably influential hybrid of dub and techno. He also has a keen interest in African music, leading to his Senegalese Mbalax-influenced Jeri-Jeri project.
    Tikiman has carved out his own trajectory ever since becoming the acclaimed vocalist for Rhythm & Sound, releasing collaborative work with many other producers in electronic music, next to producing his own version of dub techno and beyond. He recently released the future classic Tikiman Vol. 1 on Kynant Records, using his real name Paul St. Hilaire.


  • Waltraud Blischke

  • Waltraud Blischke studied political science, theatre, film and art history at the University of Cologne, wrote for Spex and works as a dj. She collaborated with Cologne labels a-Musik and Sonig and has lectured on aesthetic-discursive music meditation at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf and has produced found sound collages. A Waltraud Blischke DJ-set stands for radical and in-depth eclecticism.



    Christina Vantzou & Ensemble N.5, EC BAND

    EC BAND (live, 35’)
    The EC Band is a collaboration between Luke Calzonetti (USA) and Stijn Wybouw (BE), both at the same time artist and musician. The duo brings improvisations with transcendental aspirations, supported by vast layers of electric bass guitar, haunting synth notes and sniffling percussion. Their first album will be released this Autumn on Meakusma.
    Greek-American composer and filmmaker Christina Vantzou, who lives in Brussels, creates soft and highly refined music that floats between modern classical, ambient and sound art. Over the course of fifteen years she has built up her own audiovisual language and released four albums at Kranky (N°1 to N°4). Following recent releases like Multi Natural on Edições CN and Landscape Architecture with CV & JAB, Vantzou now announces her fifth album: N°5. Originating from a residency at STUK in February 2020, N°5 is based on recordings of no less than 17 musicians: from piano over winds and strings to synthetic music and field recordings. Vantzou interprets her role as composer as simply “one who joins things.” She describes how she, in close proximity to the Aegean Sea, worked mostly outside at a small patio table on the Cycladic island of Ano Koufonisi, to edit and mix the recordings. Between swimming sessions, something very intimate and autobiographical emerged, “almost like a first album”. The Aegean sea water regularly sloshes against the rocks of her compositions, flanked by glottal groaning, uneasy, lyrical movements, glittering eddies of modular synth and languorous silences. Live, Vantzou (electronics, piano) brings the compositions to life together with John Also Bennett (bass flute, piano, synthesizer), Lieselot De Wilde (voice) and Ben Bertrand (bass clarinet).
    Christina Vantzou: electronics, piano
    John Also Bennett: bass flute, piano, synthesizers
    Lieselot De Wilde: voice
    Ben Bertrand: bass clarinet
    N°5 will be out on Kranky on 11 November 2022




    Stuk-1   Flanders Province-de-Liege


    Nuits Sonores has invited Meakusma and the newly founded Matomah Agency to curate a night of concerts and wayward clubbing. On the bill are live performances by Norwegian-Mexican artist and producer Carmen Villain, Kassem Mosse’s alter ego DJ Residue, Polish-born audio visual artist Wojciech Rusin and more tba. DJing before, in-between and after by Meakusma and Matomah.
    Carmen Villain makes atmospheric music with field recordings, woodwinds, samples and synths, conjuring up her very own and very distinctive sound of the cosmos, integrating elements of fourth world, dub and ambient. She has released on labels such as Smalltown Supersound, Geographic North and Longford Editions. Her 2022 Only Love From Now On album was hailed as an unpredictable and extremely dynamic masterpiece, delivering on the promise her amazing catalogue always bore within.
    Born Ayman Rostom, The Maghreban is a house and techno producer from Guildford, UK. He also makes hip-hop as Dr. Zygote and is a member of hip-hop project Strange U. He runs his own Zoot Records label. Fusing hip-hop, house and downtempo patterns with African and Middle Eastern jazz modes as well as contemporary club rhythms, The Maghreban’s sound dwells on a lifetime spent making beats for the club and for home. It is a versatile mix of influences and moods and modes modern and emotive, at times thrusting, at times soothing.
    Kassem Mosse‘s DJ Residue project turns the warehouse perspective of techno music inside out, coming up with a stripped down version that integrates experiment, the 90s chill out room and intricate percussion patterns. Between introspective and far out, DJ Residue conjures up a tribute of sorts to the unorthodox end of club music.
    Both an album and single have been released in The Trilogy Tapes.
    Wojciech Rusin draws inspiration from alchemical and gnostic texts, early renaissance choral music and Eastern European mythologies. He has released on Café OTO’s Takuroku digital imprint and on Boomkat Editions/Documenting Sounds. His music has been featured on BBC Four and he has worked for The National Theatre, The Southbank Centre and National Theatre.
    This event is a collaborative effort between Meakusma and the new Matomah Agency, run by former Les Ateliers Claus booker Tommy Denys and Martin Vernier & Marija Kudabaité.


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