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Liv Toerkell

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Radiate Like Warpaint: Theresa Wayman on Reconnecting and Motherhood

The four-piece Warpaint originated in Los Angeles almost two decades ago. Today, the warm Westcoast winds have dispersed the members across the globe. But that does not mean that the band lost any of their dream indie charm. Regardless of distance and pandemic, they kept recording and strengthening their relationship. We spoke to Theresa Wayman of the band about changes, motherhood, and their new record "Radiate Like This".
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“I Enclose Magic”: Ibeyi On Unity, Opposition, and Symbolism of “Spell 31”

Ibeyi, the twins. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, the sister duo that moves in between worlds physically and spiritually. Raised between Cuba and France, they draw from their Afro-Cuban roots and Yoruba traditions as well as from contemporary Afro-beat scene and Latin jazz. They just released their third LP "Spell 31", which pays tribute to the ancestry and the traditions present in the musicians' upbringing and bridges earthly explorations with celestial connectivity.
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Beyond What You Thought You Knew About Jazz: Introducing Allysha Joy

Melbourne-based artist Allysha Joy is a key player of the local contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop scene and records with the collective 30/70 as well as solo. This Friday, she releases her sophomore record "Torn: Tonic". In our interview, she tells us about her relationship to Jazz, personal growth, and facing the struggles of working in the male-dominated music industry.
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Tallinn Music Week 2022: A Festival Between Tomorrow’s Music and Tradition

The Tallinn Music Week is taking place for the 14th time from May 4th to 8th. But this year is different than before. In February, Estonia's neighbour Russia invaded Ukraine. In a gesture of resistance TMW 2022 splits its focus between Tallinn and the eastern city Narva. We spoke to the co-curator Ingrid Kohtla to learn more about the hopes and struggles of the festival.
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On the Cultural Front: Tember Blanche Living and Recording in Wartime

More than a month after the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine on February 24th, the strikes of the aggressor continue to devastate the country. To raise awareness and continue to support the country - financially and culturally - we update our "With Ukraine" playlist in collaboration with local artists. This time with folk duo Tember Blanche.
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The Earth I Walk On: Xavier Rudd On His Tenth Record “Jan Juc Moon”

The Australian troubadour Xavier Rudd has been in the business for decades releasing his tenth studio album this year. Known for his lyrics advocating peace and a spiritual connectedness with nature, the artist is closely in touch with the Aboriginal communities of the country. Between admiration for the culture, questioning of the own roots, and uplifting the culture, the artist formed is own musical style using the Didgeridoo alongside his other instruments.
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A Piece of My Earth: Track by Track Through Juanita Euka’s Debut “Mabanzo”

Juanita Euka is not a Latin-American singer, she is not a Congolese singer, she is not a Londoner - she is all of those things at the same time and unapologetically herself. On her debut she explores themes of identity, cultural trauma, and pains of colonialism, while also empowering and celebrating Black female identity. Between Congo, Cuba, London, Peru, and Argentina, Juanita Euka walked us through her creative process.
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“My Personal Genesis”: K.ZIA On Different Personalities And Family Ties

Genesis is the act of creation in religious writing. Berlin-based artist K.ZIA used her recently released debut record for the creation of her own universe. Embracing Congolese and Martinique-an roots, she moves between groovy AfroBeat and smooth RnB through the voice of two different personas on the album. NBHAP author Liv Toerkell caught up with the artist to find out more about her artistic expression.
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