Bio Inspired by his father, an accomplished percussionist, performer and teacher, Idd Aziz’s passion for music begun at the early age of 13. Everyday after school, he would join his father and other performers on stage at the Bomas of Kenya to entertain guests from all over the world.
By the age of 15 Idd Aziz was already touring world performing and discovering his voice, before settling in Trondheim, Norway. While in Norway, Idd Aziz grew his musical experiences through collaborations with renowned musicians of varying styles and genres including Heing Siumaro , the Trondheim Orchestra as well as African greats like Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Alpha Blondy and Youssou N’Dour.
In 2014, Idd Aziz relocated back to Kenya and was immediately immersed in performances, collaborations and being one of the most sought after studio session and backing percussion players. He released his hit single ‘Come Dada’ featuring Kenyan hip hop artist Kaligraph Jones and was of the Kenyan delegation of musicians who performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC.
Since his return, Idd Aziz has maintained a busy schedule of performances at various events and festivals including the Lamu Art Festival, Wilder Festival, Pawa 254 Fest among others. He was also a member of the Coke Studio Africa house band in 2017. He has recorded and released radio hit singles including the acclaimed ‘Kiswahili’ in praise the Swahili language that is common in the East African region.
Over the years Idd Aziz has been exploring all aspects of his music, in an effort to use it as a tool in different ways including healing. He is passionate about ethnic and cultural music and its place in African society and is a proud representative of his Mijikenda culture.
Other than being one of the most distinctive vocalists in the region, Idd Aziz is also an accomplished and dynamic percussionist having learned from his father. He also plays the guitar and flute and is not shy to experiment with a variety of percussions from all across the African continent. https://www.musicinafrica.net/directory/idd-aziz
Mukuka recently joined forces with Gallo Record Company to release his latest track ‘Colder’ and now brings the Cuebur and Sebastien Dutch remixes to the South African dance floors.
“Both Cuebur & Sebastien Dutch have remixed several of my songs over the years and I have a lot of respect for both producers. Cuebur always manages to deliver an organic sounding, warm, Afro-house rendition of my tracks whilst Sebastien Dutch brings out the darker side of every track and offers a solid Afro-tech twist that works perfectly on the dance floor,” and the remixes will have many feet moving across the dance floors this summer.
Exploring what creating ‘Colder’ entailed, Mukuka explains, saying “Colder is one of those songs that in a way wrote itself. It’s so personal and straight forward that all I really had to do was allow the words and music to flow out of me uninterruptedly. Something really unique about this song is that I both wrote and sang it, which is something I rarely do. Initially, during the writing process, my vocal takes were only meant to serve as guiding vocals for whoever was eventually going to sing the song. Over time however, my vocals stuck because I later realized just how much the song needed vocals that were rustic, emotive and full of expression.”
El Mukuka is an unusual story. Born in Lusaka, Zambia to a Greek mother and Zambian father, his appreciation and love for his two diverse cultures not only enriched his identity but also inspired him deeply. The rising African star is regarded as Zambia’s top DJ/Producer and is best known for fusing African music with European deep/melodic house. The young DJ has performed at some of the biggest festivals in sub-Saharan Africa alongside A-List African acts such as Black Coffee, Mi Casa, Goldfish and DJ Maphorisa. Mukuka’s 2016 release “Bottle of Loneliness” earned him a place in the international house scene with various iTunes, Spotify and terrestrial radio chart rankings in Spain, Argentina, Estonia, Russia and Zambia as well as millions of streams worldwide. The song later caught the attention of the European smash hit DJ duo Filatov & Karas who remixed it in 2017 driving the song’s success even further. Since then El Mukuka has had releases on some of the biggest labels in the dance music scene and has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Budweiser Zambia. http://africori.to/colderremixes
DJ Fudge and Kiko Navarro are both veteran dance producers with many memorable releases between them over the years. They formed this collaboration after Fudge invited Kiko to play with him in Hong Kong where Fudge resides. Kiko had visited Singapore en route and had attended a Steve Reich concert which in his words “blew my mind’. As they commenced a recording session recounting his experience, he tried to explain what he felt and that resulted in all the piano parts on’ Omau Baba’.
The track was initially called ‘crazy piano’ and was a demo written a few years ago that got recently finished off after the pair played a gig together. It is a fantastically playful jam thanks to the mad piano, and is driven by great percussion, pumping bass and the part sung, part chanted vocals that make this track a real AfroTech dance floor special. This is another tasteful outing for the Connected label.
Amadori was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started listening to electronic sounds at an early age in bands like Chemicals Brothers, Moby, Morcheeba, Tricky, Massive attack, Portishead, Prodigy, Faithless, etc. This search and discovery of electronic music was accompanied by the desire to manipulate and mix music. That is why he started taking classes with Juan Pryor, renowned Underground DJ from 90s, who taught him the concepts of the mixing, and then he had his first contact with DJ system, mixers, wires and CDJ’s. https://www.facebook.com/akaAmadori/
Sparrow & Barbossa is the collective of the Uruguayan artist Uru Haberli and the Swiss Bryan Coletta.
Sparrow & Barbossa is a DJ and producer duo formed by the Swiss Bryan Coletta and the Uruguayan Emiliano Haberli.
Bryan is a pianist and comes from a musical family, his father is the legendary guitarist Francis Coletta who worked with artists like Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, and Frank Sinatra among others.
Emiliano was born and raised in a region of Uruguay dominated by African colonials and got widely influenced by what’s called “The Culture Of Candombe”, pure African tribal rhythm coming from the colonialism.
Since a very young age, Bryan has been influenced by soul, jazz, and funk, which he uses now in his creations with his strong capacity of improvisation and versatility. Emiliano moved to Europe 15 years ago where he connected with the music, starting to form his style in the electronic music world, making music together with Chus & Ceballos and Joesky (USA).
Together, Bryan and Emiliano form Sparrow & Barbossa, creating a fusion between organic and electronic progressive sounds. Their age difference has a positive influence on both their releases and performance. While Bryan brings the freshness of modern sounds and melodies, Emiliano fine-tunes the rhythmic part and brings his knowledge built up throughout the years. Globe-trotters, they’re true lovers of ethnic and lost cultures, devoted to transmit this legacy through electronic music.
Sparrow & Barbossa are most known for their track Yeke that charted number 1 on Beatport afro house together with Enzo Siffredi’s remix. Recently they’ve also released Shakara on Radiant which is has been charted by numerous top-notch afro-house players. https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/sparrowbarbossa/biography
Super Flu wants to make you sweat: Their new track Really Really is an intense fusion of glistening chords, catchy ethno vocal samples and an organically sparkling groove born in the depth of night. A heavy arpeggio, smooth textures, and stimulating highlights tickle the senses and mercilessly push the heart rate to new heights. Next up, Pantura feat She-Ra dances euphorically all while standing knee-deep in pure melody. At the same time, a voluminous synth embraces hypnotic sounds from East Asia, its way to the climax trimmed with delightful breaks.
Sparrow & Barbossa is a dj and producer duo formed by the Swiss Bryan Coletta and the Uruguayan Emiliano Haberli.
Bryan is a pianist and comes from a musical family, his father is the legendary guitarist Francis Coletta who worked with artists like Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones or Frank Sinatra among others. Since very young he’s been influenced by soul, jazz and funk until he took it to the plates with remixes like Fictionalise from Cubicolor with his strong capacity of improvisation and versatility.
Emiliano was born and raised in a region of Uruguay dominated by African colonials and got widely influenced by what’s called “The Culture Of Candombe”, pure african tribal rhythm coming from the colonialism. Very young he moved to Europe where he connected with the music there, starting to give a form to his style in the electronic music world with Chus & Ceballos and Joesky (USA).
Together they form Sparrow & Barbossa, producing a fusion between organic and more electronic progressive sounds. The age difference between the two make their sets and productions sound unique. While Bryan brings the freshness of modern sounds and melodies, Emiliano fine tunes the rhythmic part. Globe-trotters, they’re true lovers of ethnies and lost cultures, devoted to transmit this legacy through electronic music.
Sparrow & Barbossa are most known for their track Yeke that charted number 1 on beatport afro house together with Enzo Siffredi’s remix. Recently they’ve also released Shakara on Radiant which is has been charted by numerous top notch afro-house players.