artwork by Andrei Bucureci
“Cyprus meets Romania mixed from a dub cave in Transylvania.”Haji Mike
“Dub Poetry has always been my first love and I have massive respect for the acoustic poetry/ spoken word of Haji Mike the Cypriot Gil Scott-Heron meets Mutabaruka 1 love messenger!”Obeah
Haji Mike aka Mike Hajimichael
Dub Poet – Radio Presenter – DJ – Writer – Doctor of Philosophy
Born in Marathovouno, Cyprus, and rasied in London, England, Haji Mike is one of the most well known artist in the far eastern Mediterannean island. He’s been on the BBC (Rhythms Of The World TV Programme, and Andy Kershaw live radio sessions) and has graced many radio stations. Lyrically he has appeared on many artists creations not only on dub, but hip hop, acid funk, dance and world music. He’s toured extensively throughout the world in South Africa, Japan, UK, Jamaica, Greece, USA, Ireland, France, Portugal and his homeland, Cyprus. Currently he DJ’s on 3 stations weekly including Nice Up Radio, Riddim 1 Radio & Feel It Radio.
Haji Mike is also an Associate Professor Head of The Department of Communications at The University of Nicosia, and has lectured at conferences throughout the world. He recently completed the book ‘Bob Marley and Media Representation and Audiences’ (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023) and presented it in Jamaica at the University of West Indies. One of the latest music collaboration projects featuring Haji Mike is called ‘Sharka’ by Chaka Chouka, an online collaboration with Simon Webster, Bernard O’neill, and Mouna Eddrou, a scintillating mix of reggae, Moroccan music and funk. Sharka has lyrics in four different languages and Haji’s socially engaged dub poetry lyrics are complimented perfectly by Mouna’s Sufi inspired singing. Morocco is a cultural crossroads where North African Berber culture meets the Middle East, the Sahara, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Chaka Chouka’s music is a reflection of this and also links seamlessly with the African roots, traditional “mento” music and jazz/ R n B influences of reggae.
„My music is about taking the time to look ourselves in the face…in the mirror. African riddims are part of my compositions and blood. Everything in the sound of THE MIRROR is funk fusion born from moving basslines, tense like rubber chords and from the disco-dub atmosphere of the Nigerian rhythm sections like Africa 70. Several years ago, a friend came to record with Tony Allen. He regularly passed by my place in Paris and with time I understood what makes his drumming so natural, that it supports the whole song with its systematic bass drum and very dub grooves. This is something I tried to introduce in THE MIRROR compositions, but also remixes like Negru Voda from Lil Obeah & Marius Costache.”THE MIRROR
„Big respect to THE MIRROR who took the Negru Voda darkness industrial dub into afrobeat well deserved territory! Peace and blessings from Transylvania to Vilnius!”Obeah
The MIRROR aka Boris K is a composer, director, producer, bass player & music lover. He is constantly working with artists within the European sound system world, whether with the Reunionese Nathalie Natiembé or the Englishwoman of Indian origin Susheela Raman, but also with Yann Clery, Victor Diawara part of Afrodelic, Emel Mathlouthi or Sam Karpienia. THE MIRROR is an invitation for all to travel through music.
With music always in motion, The MIRROR propels us towards the future in a whirlwind of emotions, a music without borders nourished by Electro, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Jazz; a music
enriched by encounters with eclectic artists. The MIRROR project questions identity or rather identities as Boris is the French son of an immigrant, steeped in multiple cultures, part of all the foods and contradictions. THE MIRROR music is a painting of time passing, which reinforces the artists humanity. THE MIRROR collaborates with the Amsterdam-based poet BLESZ and different other artists and confronts his memory of sounds with their universe of words as a face to face interaction with unique results.
For many years, Boris was with Sir Jean and drummer Germain Samba, the linchpin of the Lyonnais Afrobeat group Meï Teï Shô, a group that over the course of four albums travelled all around the planet, from Brazil to Egypt touring.
Marius Costache is a music artist, studio engineer and Bucharest-based music producer. His passion regarding sound transcends the modern thin line of musical genre and steps into the world where sonic laws are meant to be just an example, not a path.
He is Discordless, performs with Environments and Febra and from his Studio148 has produced, mixed and mastered ambient music, electronic, hip-hop, post-rock, noise, folk, classical, jazz, post-hardcore and Balinese sounds for bands like Goran Bregovic, Mytrip aka Angel Simitchiev, Valerinne, Cyberian, White Walls, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, EMIL, COMA and labels like his own 148, dunk!records and our Bulgarian neighbors AMEK.
„Bauhaus with Bela Lugosi’s Dead have started properly the fusion of postpunk and dub. I can’t shake it out of my mind how raw and energetic they looked and sounded in the film The Hunger! They are gods here in Transylvania and we took it seriously with producer Petru Birladeanu when creating the version as the PostPunk Dubby Party theme song!”Obeah
Petru Bîrlădeanu aka Peter Zaad is a sound engineer/composer/producer/ based in Bucharest, Romania with his studio/label NineBarz Music. His portfolio includes film music and sound design for Investitorii, Faci sau taci, Legatii, LoveSorry, Egregora, Odata pentru totdeauna, but also productions for artists like Ateliere & OBC, Omu Gnom, Gilbert, Damian Drăghici, Cliff Kido, Celălalt, Kazi Ploaie, Theo Rose, Doddy.
XQUI is an anonymous outsider electronic musician from Manchester, releasing music on the Wormhole World label. The artist first appeared in April 2018 with his Britannia EP, which was swiftly followed by the Dragon album in May. Using field recordings which he manipulated via mobile phone and laptop, he created incredible soundscapes and was quickly compared to Brian Eno, William Basinski and Clint Mansell.
Appearing in several Albums of the Year lists over the last three years, he has also remixed and worked with numerous artists the likes of Mark Stewart, Vince Clarke, Blancmage and Neil Arthur. XQUI is a sonic time traveler and on the Twenties album he went back one hundred years, navigating a twisted channel to the roaring Twenties. The album was labeled uncompromisingly immersive; startling; melancholic; confusing; beautiful – the rebirth of a fading spirit song of ages. XQUI and Lil Obeah are labelmates on Wormhole World and often collaborate and soundclash to creative results.
An archly fearless live performer, Extra Kool challenges his audiences with an unwavering stare and a direct and hauntingly intense vocal delivery. Part modern-day Dadaist, part hip-hop art terrorist, Extra Kool is the essence of truth in advertising. (Tom Murphy)
Time was deemed the future of independent hip-hop by VICE and URB Mag. He has been called the Radiohead of rap and the love child of Neil Young and Andre 3000. He was named one of URB’s next 100 artists in alongside Drake, Kid Cudi, and U-N-I. He has done songs with Kool Keith, Sole, and Onry Ozzborn and engineering work for Common.
Obeah is a musical disruptor who has been featured in IRIE Mag from San Francisco, Songlines magazine from London, had his singles featured on the BBC by Gideon Coe, Steve Barker and Don Letts, was played by legendary producer Dennis Bovell on Soho Radio and remixed Dubokaj & Lee Scratch Perry, Dubmatix, Dub Pistols, Algiers & Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against The Machine, Prince Fatty, Ghetto Priest, Transglobal Underground, Denise Sherwood and Yann Tiersen of Mute Records.
He collaborates with UK label Wormhole World and Texas anarchist label eMERGENCY heARTS and is inspired by the strangest Romanian sounds, ranging from weird experimental authentic local dub to traditional reggae-dub with ska and folk-rock influences, music, and records released near the Black Sea from the 1960s to present days. Obeah’s music was played all over the world on: BBC 6 Music, BBC Lancashire, Soho Radio, ResonanceFM, The Music Galaxy Radio, Radio Buena Vida, Australia’s National Roots’n’Reggae Show, Culture Dub from Poitiers, Berlin’s Zonic Radio, Poland’s Czwórka, Belgium’s Dub Front, KBOO Community Radio and Widgeon Future Dub Sessions.
Obeah Bucureci also produces a show for dublab Los Angeles, The Mark Stewart show and hosts his podcast show on Louder Than War Radio in Manchester, PostPunk Dubby Party.