MUSIC THAT HISTORICALLY NEVER HAD A GENRE
The exhibition is taking place at East-Wing, Dubai Design District & is free to enter
East Wing is proud to present this first exhibition showcasing Habibi Funk, a record label dedicated to re-releasing the evolution of a musical style that historically never had its own particular genre. The label, headed by Berlin-based DJ Jannis Stuertz is dedicated to describing a particular fusion of sounds and catalog of artists formed in cities geographically distant from one another in the Arab world and, although produced under very different circumstances, the artists are connected by a distinct musical compositions, which mixes local and regional influences with other inspirations from outside their region. Jannis finds many of Habibi Funk artists through continuous travels to the region – spending hours combing through crates of vinyl records, cassette tapes or long forgotten studio reels left in dusty backrooms, the overloaded storage areas of obscure independent music shops or in private collections.
Once found, his international team of friends and colleagues in Casablanca, Cairo, Paris and Khartoum share their research to uncover as much background context as possible for each release, including making every effort to contact the original artists or families
of these musicians.
Habibi Funk encompasses more than pure funk, often the influences are inspired by Western popular music such as soul, pop, rock and more. Some of the releases can be described as Arabic zouk (a genre originating from the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe), Algerian coladera (a popular musical style from the Cape Verdean islands), Lebanese AOR or old-school hip-hop. These works go beyond Western musical influence as a blueprint and translating it with a local accent. Habibi Funk bridges this gap, making accessible these obscure and sometimes forgotten musicians to a wider audience, connecting younger generations to their eclectic musical history. Habibi Funk provides insight into the vibrant music scene this very diverse region was and still is.
Their choices are a personal curation and not a strict representation of Arabic musical history of the 1970s and 1980s. The label focuses more on obscure and forgotten artists rather than recognized musical stars of the region. The label’s future aim is to create a public archive where this music can be enjoyed and studied by all. Through a series of future exhibitions and events, East Wing aims to help Habibi Funk attain this goal.
Saturday – Thursday 10am – 7pm
Admission is Free
Dubai Design District d3
Building 2, first floor #07
PO Box 506810
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