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Local music from all over the world

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Xango Magazine is a place for us to give you an idea of concerts given by artist who's albums we distribute, or to write down our thoughts, opinions and interesting news facts about local music from all over the world. Not only releases, but also ins and outs of the funny world called music business - anything that interests us!

Live concerts of artists who's albums are distributed in the Benelux by Xango Music:

Baba Zula
04/04/2018: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels (B)
19/04/2018: Korzo, The Hague (NL)
20/04/2018: Ekko, Utrecht (NL)
27/05/2018: Podium Grounds, Rotterdam (NL)

23/02/2018: Zuidplein Theater, Rotterdam (NL)

Che Sudaka
08/03/2018: Doornroosje, Nijmegen (NL)
09/03/2018: De Helling, Utrecht (NL)
10/03/2018: Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)
11/03/2018: Simplon, Groningen (NL)

23/02/2018: De Centrale, Ghent (B)
24/02/2018: Espace Senghor, Etterbeek (B)

Damir Imamovic
30/03/2018: Kolektivo, Tilburg (NL)
31/03/2018: Zonnehuis, Amsterdam (NL)

Dimitris Mystakidis
11/05/2018: Muziekpublique, Brussels (B)
12/05/2018: Podium Grounds, Rotterdam (NL)

Gaye Su Akyol
24/05/2018: Club AB, Brussels (B)

26/05/2018: Jazz Weekend, Brussels (B)

17/03/2018: Podium Grounds, Rotterdam (NL)

27/02/2018: Botanique, Brussels (B)

Joshua Abrams & National Information Society
30/03/2018: Cortisone Festival, Ghent (B)
04/04/2018: Bimhuis, Amsterdam (NL)
05/04/2018: AB salon, Brussels (B)
06/04/2018: Rewire Festival, The Hague (NL)

Lakha Khan
27/03/2018: Konrad Cafe, Luxembourg (L)
30/03/2018: Le Senghor, Brussels (B)

Marcel Khalife
24/02/2018: De Central, Ghent (B)
25/02/2018: Schouwburg, Rijwijk (NL)

Maria Farantouri
16/04/2018: De Meervaart, Amsterdam (NL)

Mydy Rabycad
29/03/2018: Luxor, Arnhem (NL)
30/03/2018: Simplon, Groningen (NL)
31/03/2018: TBA, Amsterdam (NL)

Namibian Tales
26/05/2018: Terug Naar Het Begin Festival, Groningen (NL)
01/02/2019: Cultuurcentrum, Leopoldsburg (B)

24/02/2018: Genietcafé, Zutphen (NL)
25/02/2018: Helende geluiden, Haarlem (NL)
13/04/2018: Paradiso. Amsterdam (NL)

Nilza Costa
20/04/2018: Amsterdam (NL)
26/04/2018: Maastricht (NL)
27/04/2018: Maastricht (NL)
28/04/2018: Utrecht (NL)

Refugees for Refugees
04/03/2018: Centre Culturel Regional de Centre, La Louvière (B)
17/03/2018: De Warande, Turnhout (B)
21/04/2018: Cultuurcentrum Het Perron, Ieper (B)

20/05/2018: Music Meeting Festival, Nijmegen (NL)

04/04/2018: Merleyn, Nijmegen (NL)
05/04/2018: AB Salon, Brussels (B)
06/04/2018: Rewire Festival, The Hague (NL)

Tamala (Mola Sylla, Wouter Vandenabeele & Bao Sissoko)
06/04/2018: Muziekpublique, Brussels (B)
21/04/2018: Bibliotheek Genk, Genk (B)

Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gultekin
24/03/2018: Erezée, Erezée (B)
06/04/2018: Muziekpublique, Brussels (B)

07/04/2018: Muziekpublique, Brussels (B)

08/03/2018: CC De Markten, Brussels (B)

Glitterbeat Records is starting a new label. It is called - tak:til
tak:til will be a Glitterbeat imprint that specializes in contemporary (mostly) instrumental music. Albums that loosely navigate Jon Hassell's idea of "Fourth World" musics, musics bravely and playfully blurring the divide between (so-called) futurists and (so-called) traditionalists. Glitterbeat Records itself specializes in vibrant global sounds from Africa and beyond. Glitterbeat’s artists are both culturally committed and resolutely contemporary. Glitterbeat Records is built upon sounds and artists that transcend cultural pre-conceptions and genre specificity. Music throughout the world is now part of a digitized and intersecting conversation that does not follow predictable and easily delineated paths. It is a conversation filled with hybrids and cross-talk. The label was created to release records that simultaneously embrace evolving global textures and localized traditions and roots. Glitterbeat Records was founded in 2012 by co-owners Chris Eckman and Peter Weber and the label’s first records were released in the spring of 2013. Peter Weber was the original manager of the band Tamikrest and is currently the owner of the well-established German independent label Glitterhouse records. Chris Eckman has a long history as both an artist (The Walkabouts, Dirtmusic) and as a producer (Tamikrest, Aziza Brahim, Bassekou Kouyaté, Ben Zabo). Glitterbeat Records is based in Germany and partners with Glitterhouse Records for some label services. Glitterbeat Records won the WOMEX award for the best label in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Check their the tak:til catalogue here
Check their the Glitterbeat Records catalogue here, March 10th, 2017

About Buda Musique.
With more then 400 albums and about 20 releases per year, in a quarter of a century Buda Musique has set up one of the most important catalogue of music from all over the world, both traditional and urban. It includes the series 'Musiques du Monde', 'Ethiopiques', 'Ethiosonic', 'Zanzibara', 'Tresors de la chanson Judeo-Arabe', 'Patrimoines Musicaux des Juifs de France'… and albums by such artists as Yom, Wang Li, Lo Cor de la Plana, Forabandit, 17 Hippies, Les Yeux Noirs, Yann Fañch Kemener, Jaojoby, Teta, Ray Lema, Henri Dikongue, and many more. Buda Musique is distributed in the Benelux by Xango Music.
Check their catalogue here, February 24th, 2017

Vinyl on track to becoming a billion dollar industry, 40 million records are expected to be sold this year.
"The renewed interest in vinyl is forecasted to continue this year, according to new research by Deloitte and reported by the Financial Times. It is expected that sales will record double-digit growth for the seventh consecutive year. The consultancy predicts around forty million records will be sold, which along with sales of new turntables and accessories, could help the industry break the $1 billion mark for the first time since the ’80s."
Taken from:, January 11th, 2017

An clear explanation of the controversial term 'world music':
"World Music by definition usually has a fairly traditional bias. Mosty music from other countries distinguishes itself in its essence from that of others, where modern pop music usually strives for global validity."
Eric van Domburg Scipio (Heaven Magazine)

An inspiring quote by Brian Eno talking about musical pieces of art:
“I talk to many painters, because I teach in art schools. I ask them: Why do you think that what you do ends at the edges of this canvas? Think of the frame. What frame are you working in? Not just that bit of wood ‘round the edge, but the room you’re in, the light you’re in, the time and place you’re in. How can you redesign it? I would say that to musicians too. I see them spending a lot of time working on the internal details of what they’re doing and far less time working on the ways of positioning it in the world. By ‘positioning it’ I don’t only mean thinking of where it could go, and where it fits in the cultural picture, but what else does it relate to?”