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Cancelled/Postponed: KPARR DIRÈ

22 Mar 2020 - 17:00

Due to the public health and security situation, this event is cancelled. If possible, we will postpone it to a later date. We will publish updated information on our website as soon as we know more. Until further notice, this applies to all upcoming events at ausland.
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ausland, March 14th 2020
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Wegen der aktuellen Lage hinsichtlich der öffentlichen Gesundheit und Sicherheit findet diese Veranstaltung nicht statt bzw. wird, wenn möglich, auf einen späteren Termin verschoben. Aktuelle Informationen veröffentlichen wir auf unserer Webseite, sobald wir mehr wissen. Dies betrifft, bis auf weiteres, den gesamten Veranstaltungsbetrieb im ausland.
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KPARR DIRÈ: "Balafon Music from Lobi Country“ 

- LP+DVD Release Party -


KPARR DIRÈ: "Balafon Music from Lobi Country“ (edit) - A Film By Arved Schultze
Schneider TM + Sarata Diallo Koné + Tomoko Nakasato + Maurice de Martin:
"Cultural Fiction Improvisation" (balafon, electronics, percussion & dance)
+ party with selected music by
Phonosphere (Werner Durand & Jens Strüver)

17:00h - doors

18:00h - 1. performance 
18:30h - film
19:30h - talk / Q&A 
20:00h - 2. performance 


20:30h - party

ausland is happy to present the release party for KPARR DIRÈ: "Balafon Music from Lobi Country“ (LP+DVD / Edition Telemark) featuring special performances and a screening of the movie about balafon music of the Lobi people, filmed & recorded in and around Gaoua, Burkina Faso, on a two-week journey in June 2014 by Dirk Dresselhaus (alias Schneider TM), Julian Kamphausen and Arved Schultze. The LP includes music by Martin Kensiè (Da Toh Alain) + ensemble and Palé Goukoun. Their fathers - Kambiré Tiaporté and Palé Tioionté, respectively - had been recorded in the 1990s for the Ocora CDs "Pays Lobi, Xylophone de funérailles" and "Pays Lobi, Xylophones du Buur" that served as the startinpoint for this journey.

The Lobi are an ethnic group of about 180,000 people living in southern Burkina
Faso and bordering regions. The primary instrument of their traditional music
is the balafon, played solo or in a duet, usually accompanied by
percussionists. Lobi balafon music serves as a complex language for
communication with the audience but also with ancestors and spirits. Different
kinds of music are used for different purposes and social atmospheres (birth,
death, joy, hunting, war, etc.)

At it's core, this music is hundreds of years old and knowledge of its mastery
is passed on from generation to generation, with different styles emerging in
different regions and outside influences picked up on the way. The first
well-known recordings of Lobi balafon music were made in 1961 and published on
the Ocora LP "Musiques du pays Lobi". While the tunes heard there clearly show
their ancient roots, the music on this release is not isolated from current
influences and carries traces of modern African electronic pop music and
Contemporary R&B that is widespread in the region. This has led to a new
minimalist, poly-rhythmic and breakbeat-laden style prominent in Gaoua, to our
knowledge recorded here for the first time. Yet the pieces are the same
traditionals, played differently from generation to generation and from day to

door income goes to the involved musicians in Burkina Faso !