Day 14: Ariwo – Abakua

Day 14 of our 2018 charity Advent Calendar, in aid of Julie’s BicycleListen to all this year’s donations.

Ariwo – yoruba for “noise” – are a quartet made up of Iranian producer Pouya Ehsaei, Cuban percussionists Oreste Noda and Hammadi Valdes, and saxophonist Binker Golding who has recently replaced trumpeter Yelfris Valdes as the instrumental mouthpiece for the group. Cuban rumba collides with electronic soundscapes, to create deep rhythms with a rousing energy.

This February, they follow up a formidable debut album with a second on Manana//Records, titled Pyramid, from which ‘Abakua’ is taken. It takes its name from the secret mens’ society in Cuba with its own language and music, and whose rhythms form an integral part of Cuban rumba. Inspired by this cultural order, Pouya contrasts electronic, polyrhythmic arrangements akin to Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, against Binker Golding’s thunderous solo. He’s one of many London jazz artists to feature on the forthcoming album, including Joe-Armon Jones, Shirley Tetteh and Tommy Lowre.

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Puoyo and Manana have just launched a new weekly series in London called Parasang, which explores how live electronic music is performed around the world with different guests each week. Ariwo’s next London show is at Oval Space (23rd March).

Our 2018 Advent Calendar is in aid of Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit that supports the creative industry to take action on climate change. All money raised through Bandcamp sales goes directly to Green Riders, a new campaign that will help will create more sustainable collective practices in the music industry.  If you’re a DJ, artist, venue, promoter or just curious, join the Green Riders campaign here.

More info about Green Riders

The Green Riders campaign will provide tools, resources, and a community for artists and their teams to exchange advice, ideas and experiences, working alongside venues, festivals, labels and promoters to take action on climate change. It will launch in full in 2019, Sign-up on the website to join the campaign and get more information from Julie’s Bicycle.

More info about Julie’s Bicycle

Julie’s Bicycle is a London-based not for profit that supports the global creative community to take action on climate change and the environment. We believe that the creative community is uniquely placed to drive positive change that can transform our world. Founded in 2007 from within the UK music industry, Julie’s Bicycle has established itself as an internationally trusted source of guidance supporting creative businesses to embed environmental sustainability into their work.

Artwork throughout the series is made by Emily Evans.

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