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Liv Toerkell

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Bending and Breaking Time: Sinead O’Brien On Language and Her Debut LP

There is a certain aura of mystery surrounding Sinead O’Brien. The Irish singer and writer might best be described as an artist. She is not just a singer but a poet, not just a poet but a designer, not just a designer but a musician. O'Brien's debut "Time Bend and Break the Bower" veils itself in the cloak of her multi-layered artistry. We caught up with the artist to see what's underneath.
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At Cultural Crossroads: Marina Satti On Her Debut Record “YENNA”

The Greek-Sudanese artist Marina Satti is driven to explores cultures and ways of exchange through her language: music. On her debut record "YENNA" she merges traditional Greek polyphony with influences from Turkey, the Balkans, and many more. We spoke to the artist to understand the deep tradition behind her songs and she updated our "Beyond Borders" playlist with her favorite songs from her home country. Listen to it on Spotify.
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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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