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PLAYLIST: Mosaïques Festival
The Quietus , September 27th, 2016 12:28

Mosaïques Festival presents Acid Arab and more in London next month

Mosaïques is a yearly event launched by the London Institut Français in 2000 to celebrate musical and cultural diversity by showcasing musical talent which sometimes will be slightly off music fans' radars.

Since 2014, the “Festival of World Culture” has been organised by the London office of the Bureau Export in close cooperation with the French cultural embassy at the Rich Mix venue. This year, it hosts a number of events spanning the whole weekend, with a free daytime programme on Saturday, running from October 14-16.

Performing at the events are Parisian duo Acid Arab, who will present their ingenious mix of western electronic dance music with middle eastern musical influences in preparation of the release of their debut album Musique de France this October via Crammed Discs. Furthermore, the El Mordjane duo featuring Tim Whelan and Sofiane Saidi will play a set. A music video accompanying the latter's 'Gasbah Ya Moul Taxi' shows a Parisian take on The Prodigy's legendary 'Smack My Bitch Up', which you can watch here.

Also playing are Vaudou Game, celebrating the release of their new album of feverish Togo funk, KIDAYÚ. Supporting them is the eclectic collective Kefaya who take musical syncretism to a new level with a rather unique combination of Indian and Middle Eastern folk and pop forms with the sounds of contemporary jazz and electronica.

For the Saturday daytime session, the festival has further invited French songwriter Laura Cahen to play her stunning chanson-influenced indie pop suites. You can watch a video for Cahen's 'Réverbère' here. You can find out more information here and enjoy a playlist featuring music from the artists at the festival above.

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