Foot Village and Super Khoumeissa each appeared on one side of a Split Series 12", which was released in Autumn 2012.
Super Khoumeissa is a group of 6 musicians and 4 dancers from Gao, a city which is over 1,000 years old located on the banks of the Niger River in the North of Mali 320 km east of Timbuktu. The group are the best representatives of the musical style known as Takamba (which is actually both a musical structure and a dance), the most widespread style in Northern Mali. The group of musicians play traditional three stringed instruments known as the Tehardent or Ngoni, which are amplified to both augment and distort the sound, and the traditional gourd percussion instrument known as the Calabasse. This combination produces a dynamic sound that instantly captivates a crowd. The Takamba dance is includes graceful and subtle movements performed both seated and standing where the shoulders and arms sway with the flow of the songs.
The repetition and variation of the ngoni and the calabasse are layered to produce complex interactions and harmonics. The tunes and rhythmic structures of their music derive from traditional melodies whose lyrics recount tales of the heroic past, of love and of the life and history of the Sahara. In Northern Mali this folk-based music is hugely popular and its rhythms have transferred into much of their contemporary music. It can be heard in the music of such groups and artists as Tinariwen, Khaira Arby, Tartit, Tamikrest and many more. Takamba is also one of the only musical styles which has crossed the cultural borders between the nomadic and sedentary people of the Sahara and the Sahel. Super Khoumeissa present a musical repertoire of songs of the Touareg and Songhoi in their dynamic and very graceful performances.
Based in Los Angeles, Foot Village are the quartet of Grace Lee, Brian Miller, Dan Rowan, and Josh Taylor. Active since 2007, and featuring members of Gang Wizard, Friends Forever, Rose For Bodhan, and the infamous International Voice of Reason, they’ve described themselves as the “loudest Acoustic Rock Band Ever”. Heavily concept-based, their foundation-myth depicts Foot Village being the first nation built after the foreseeable apocalypse, erecting civilization anew with drums and voices alone - no guitars, no electronics, no amplification (other than via megaphone). Key proponents of the Los Angeles DIY scene centred around The Smell, their brilliant live performances (with drums set up on the floor in the midst of the audience) are compelling spectacles of pure energy exchange. Their unplugged post-hardcore assault is anchored in the now of ecstatic energy, propelled by an inherent momentum and sudden dramatic shifts.
The band’s debut album ‘Fuck The Future’ was released on four separate labels in 2007, followed by the albums ‘Friendship Nation’ (2008), ‘Fuck The Future II’ (2009) and ‘Anti-Magic’ (2009).
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