The new three-day event explores the music of peripheral cultures.
The three-day event, an initiative organised by Attic Magazine, is running from July 1st to 3rd at Bucharest's Control Club and Uranus 144. The festival attempts to present a "contemporary perspective on the anthropology of Outernational music and to open the road to a wide-ranging society through the benefits of music." Outernational is a musicological term referring to musics operating outside of Western norms and media, particularly in regions like the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
As such, the programme draws largely from those areas. Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band from Burkina Faso, Konono Nº1 from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Okay Temiz from Turkey are all locked in, while Finders Keepers label head Andy Votel and Rabih Beaini are also booked. Various Romanian acts have been confirmed like Raze de Soare, Khidja and Dan Armeanca, a foundational influence on a traditional form of Roma music called manele. There will also be a selection of workshops, panels and films at the festival.