2005. On this page you will find my recommendations
on which artists definitely not to miss at the Roskilde Festival
2005. I am a "world music man", so most of the acts
I recommend take place at the Ballroom stage. After the festival
you will find interviews with selected artists.
2005 is a fantastic world music year at Roskilde, so
it has not been easy for me to choose the names to appear on
the list below.
In brief, 2005 is a good year for ska-freaks, since
three very interesting acts from different corners of the world
are going to skank up the Ballroom scene.
Furthermore the emphasis on Mali continues this year, since
both desert blues guitar legend Ali Farka Touré, kora
virtuoso Toumani Diabaté and the former freedom soldiers,
desert rockers Tinariwen are visiting the festival this year.
Least but not last latin superstar Juan Luis Guerra is coming,
plus plena powergroup Plena Libre and salsa singer Yuri Buenaventura...
Urban latin beats are delivered by
Spanish Macaco in the 'mestizo' genre and Spam
Allstars, a cool latin-funk setup from USA. Even
from Holland: New Cool Collective Big Band plays a very pro
and slick mixture of latin, funk and pop. It reminds me of something
like Brand New Heavies meets Bobby Valentin meets blaxploitation.
shot by Djembe Magazine's editor, Mik Aidt
Interviews RF '05 :
Ska Cubano. >
with Warsaw Village Band >
Desorden Publico as mp3
- 4.7 MB / 13:35 minutes.
with Plena Libre - watch the clip
of the band making party after the concert...
Recommended Artists RF '05:
Cubano. Cuba / England. [Thursday:Ballroom:20.15] Interesting
fusion by English and cuban musicians. Energetic live show with
an imagined old school latino ska style topped by a vocal that
reminds us of Beny Moré - the legendary Cuban vocalist.
Ska Paradise Orchestra. Japan. [Sunday:Arena:01.30
(monday morning)] The japanese never cease to surprise us musically.
Salsa? Klezmer? - they play it strong! This veteran ska band,
has released 20 albums and played over 1000 concerts. Skank
Publico. Venezuela. [saturday:Ballroom:19.15] The veterans
of the Venezuelan ska scene. A clever mix of ska, rock and salsa
- this is gonna be hot! website
Raï Banda. Romania. [Friday:Ballroom:12.30] A
blend of former military brass players and young roma lautari
from the poor ghetto of Bucharest. Cathcy melodies and funky
beats, prepare for gypsy party! more
Avitabile & Bottari. Italy. [Saturday:Ballroom:14.45]
Bottari: Ancient, demonic & funky rhythms beaten on large
wine barrels, vessels and sickels. The music is kind of a funky
pop/rock/world mix with a solid base from the bottari percussionists.
Village Band. Poland. [Friday:Ballroom:14.45] Power-folk
featuring longdistance calls, thundering drums and violins played
with the fingernails. Very glorious, yet hardcore folk music
by excellent young musicians. web
no. 1. Congo.
[Sunday:Ballroom:15.15] This is unique!
Congolose traditional music on thumb pianos and percussion
miked up by homemade microphones made from old car parts.
Sounds like modern electronic noise music. website
Mali. [Friday:Ballroom:19.15] They have been named
'the Rolling Stones of Sahara'. X-soldiers in the lines of Gadafi
this is desert rock at it's most groovy. Robert Plant said:
"this is the music I've been longing for all my life'...
Farka Touré. Mali. [Friday:Arena:16.00] The
guitar player that first became famous for the style that the
West called 'Desert Blues'. This is his last tour, he says,
so don't miss it! He performs with Toumani Diabaté...
Diabaté. Mali. [Saturday:Ballroom:12.30 + Friday:Arena:16.00]
Legendary player of the kora harp, and born into a family where
the father was a very famous kora player too. A virtuoso on
the instrument, he just recorded with guitarist Ali Farka Touré.
Libre. Puerto Rico. [Sunday:Ballroom:17.30]
Caribbean party music with a burning hot two-beat rhythm
and catchy melodies. website
Spam Allstars. USA. [Friday:Ballroom:02.00 (early saturday
morning)] Very funky and melodious latin beats, part samples
from DJ le Spam and part live stuff with slick horns and flute.
Load yourself with a couple of shots of rum and get loose on
the dance floor! web
Luis Guerra. The Dominican Republic. One of the very
biggest names on the latin scene, Guerra delivers a cooking
cocktail of modern merengue, bachata and salsa. website
Buenaventura. Colombia. [Saturday:Ballroom:23.45]
Classic modern salsa with brains.
Easy-flowing energetic dance music.
e Os Seletores de Frequencia. Brasil. [Saturday:Ballroom:02.00
(sunday morning)] Hardcore funky Brazilian rap. web