All posts tagged: culture

Cover Story X – The Leaf Label

The Leaf Label was established in late 1994, with the sole intention of releasing music by Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis. That first Boymerang 12″ sold out in a matter of weeks, so it seemed like a good idea to carry on… In late 1996 label founder Tony Morley took the plunge and left his day job at the influential 4AD label, making Leaf a full-time priority. They’ve had our ups and downs, but in an increasingly squeezed music industry, they’re stronger now than they’ve ever been. In 2004 they opened an office in New York, and the UK office relocated to its spiritual home in Yorkshire in 2006. “Our passion hasn’t really changed in all that time – we want to bring the music we love from the fringes to as many people as possible. Every artist is treated as individual, with careful attention to detail and presentation, and we try not repeat ourselves, so the label keeps evolving. Our outlook has always been very international, and in artists like A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Colleen, …

Click That Dial. FNND’s Internet Radio Selection

Thanks to Mark at Red Light Radio, we’ve got some more stations to add to the list: NTS, London – At 9am on the morning of Monday the 4th of April NTS streamed live for the first official time…  Born from the nutstosoup.com blog, NTS aims to fill a void in the community of musically minded progressive thinking people in London.  An idea bigger than just another online community radio station – NTS is a unique platform for inspired people to present their findings, passions and obsessions. East Village Radio – Located in the heart of New York City’s famed East Village, EVR.com carries the neighbourhood’s tradition of producing and nurturing vital music and culture. EVR.com’s original programming streams live from a storefront studio, providing a tangible look into the legendary history of downtown NYC for worldwide listeners. EVR.com streams two-hour live shows covering all genres of music, talk, variety and comedy including in-studio interviews and performances conducted by an eclectic group of presenters, producers, tastemakers and personalities. EVR.com produces and co-produces many special programmes and exclusively …

Art Dubai Commissions – Part 1 – Doa Aly

For the last seven years, Art Dubai has developed a series of non-profit, commissioned works to exhibit alongside the fair. They present an opportunity for visitors to engage with artists often informed by or from the region, who create new works and performances intended to question the fabric of an art fair. In the next three pieces, FNND asks three of the project artists some questions: Doa Aly, Sreshta Rit Premnath and art collective Nile Sunset Annex. For 2016, independent curator and writer Yasmina Reggad, who was tapped to lead the projects and commissions, invited Doa Aly, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Massinissa Selmani, Lydia Ourahmane and Areej Kaoud, Moza Almatrooshi, and Jumairy, as well as the art collective Nile Sunset Annex. Reggad, whose research area is currently focused on the politics of futurity, has aptly titled the series of commissions Into the Unknown, meant as a catalyst to bring forth questions underlying the “mechanism[s] of the production of our fantasies, expectations and projections triggered by this young, 44-year-old federal state [of the United Arab Emirates]”. Commenting on the …

The Other Side – live music, done right

When you step inside this intimate, rustic, industrial space you are instantly transported to the live music venues found in cities with histories steeped in live performance, pulsating with energy, and anticipation for what is to follow. Suddenly, the feeling that you are part of a living, breathing and relevant music scene is palpable in Dubai. Look for the stage and you will quickly realize there is none – with nothing separating the musicians from the crowd, and band members rubbing shoulders with their audience. Come performance time, the bands take to the floor; simply rocking up and starting to perform without introduction, dimming of lights or other gimmicks. It’s a music experience in its most simple, yet most effective form; an honest and refreshingly down to earth approach to live performance. The Other Side is a new music concept in and for Dubai, and has modeled itself after underground music scenes of established arts districts around the world. The experience is further heightened by the irony of the venue being located in the swanky Address hotel …

In conversation: FNND with Paula Naughton and Clement Siatous | Part 1

Clement Siatous was born in 1947 on the Chagos Islands, a small isolated archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. He spent most of his childhood on the island of Diego Garcia until he and his family were forcibly evicted. The entire population of the islands was expelled by the British Government to make way for a US naval base in 1973. The base on Diego Garcia, also known as Camp Justice or Footprint of Freedom has become one of the most strategic, integral bases for the US global War on Terror and known as a transit site for CIA rendition exercises. 

The UK Government has been accused of creating the fiction that a permanent population never existed on the Chagos Islands. This claim was made easier to uphold due to sparse photographic documentation that until recently mainly existed in dispersed military and government archives. As with many evicted Chagossians, compelled to leave their belongings behind, Siatous had no documentation of his heritage. In direct response to the continued political denial, he began to …