Dwarfs Of East Agouza is a trio from Cairo formed in 2012 by Maurice Louca (keyboards/electronics), Sam Shalabi (electric guitar/synth), and Alan Bishop (guitar/saxophone/vocals) of Sublime Frequencies & Sun City Girls fame.The group utilizes improvisation to propel their unique and hypnotic musical vision. In 2016 debut album Bes was released on Nawa Recordings followed by a EU Tour including performances at CTM Festival, Clandestino Festival, Jazz Jantar Festival, Le Guess Who? and Unsound Festival amongst others.
Brazil's DEAFKIDS are one of those bands buoyed by a mystic kind of momentum, a ceaselessness whose source lies in some vital, but unknown spring. Their music is a glorious cacophony, a mixture of pummelling Gnod-esque cataclysms and the traditional sounds of their native Brazil and Latin America; it's a brutal blend of hardcore punk, metal, experimental noise, and a pumping rhythmic vein with its roots in African and Indian polyrhythm.
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City Scene, Zhao Liang, 23min, 2004
Zhao Liang went out with his handheld camera to capture life in Beijing. He found a city in a state of confusion, one which pays a high price for the fast economic developments in China. The scenes he collected in the course of a few years especially reveal the raw side of life in Beijing. We see two well dressed men pelt each other with stones in the street - they must be drunk, just like the man that keeps falling off his bicycle. But not everyone is desperate. Some people make the best of things, and this makes for some bizarre situations: people collectively practising tai chi on an overpass, a sheepdog trying to show his passion for a Pekingese, and tennis players squaring off on the highway.
Mobile Men, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 3.15mm, 2008
However much he might be revered for his pantheist lyricism and formal gamesmanship, politics is rarely far from the surface in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s body of work. Perhaps it is no surprise that a filmmaker who has seen so many of his works censored by his own government would be such a keen thorn in their side. A consistent concern for Apichatpong has been the shameful treatment of many of the migrant workers arriving in Thailand from Burma, Laos and other neighbouring states. The period since the 2006 military coup has seen a steady deterioration in the rights of these migrant workers who power Thailand’s economy. A number of governmental decrees in Ranong, Rayong, and Pang Nga provinces have made it unlawful for migrants to go out at night, carry mobile phones, and ride motorbikes.