Intervista con F.U.L.A./ Dal Senegal un esempio di resilienza che ci insegna il valore del multiculturalismo

Classe 1993, F.U.L.A., al secolo Oumar Sall, è un italo-senegalese, ultimo di 12 figli. Arriva in Italia a sette mesi con la madre, fuggendo dalla propria patria. Cresce in Calabria, diviso tra la famiglia affidataria e la madre biologica Fatima. Multiformità e Multiculturalismo rappresentano i concetti integranti della sua evoluzione umana e musicale: dalle radici della musica africana agli intenti dei vari cultori Blues, Soul, Reggae, Rap, Jazz, Pop e Rock.“La mia Africa richiama gli aspetti rudimentali della vita, i sentimenti primi e immutabili dell’essere umano, come la gioia e la nostalgia”, dichiara.

Oumar racconta il suo vissuto traducendolo in tematiche oggettive nelle quali ognuno possa riconoscersi e rispecchiarsi. “Nelle mie canzoni si ritrovano spensieratezza consapevole e voglia di rivalsa perenne”, ci spiega.
F.u.l.a. può essere collocato in un ampio movimento culturale ed artistico come quello dell’Afro-Punk. Fra le varie esperienze, ha partecipato all’attivismo nelle università italiane con il “Festival delle Generazioni” ed al programma TV “Siamo Noi” su TV 200 per lo “Ius Soli” nel 2019. Nel 2020 Oumar firma un contratto discografico con l’indie label “La Pop”. Inoltre, prende parte al progetto di crew “Equipe 54” collaborando con alcuni artisti come Tommy Kuti, Yank Real e Slim Gong. 3 mesi fa è uscito il suo singolo ufficiale “Maldafrica”, che ha riscosso un ottimo feedback online.

Lo abbiamo intervistato per voi…

 

Come è stato il tuo approccio con l’Italia e l’integrazione in questa Nazione?
Non è stato traumatico. Sono cresciuto in provincia in un paesino di pochi abitanti in cui eravamo gli unici neri. La gente del paese ormai mi vuole bene, anche se ho dovuto lottare contro alcune menti becere ed un po’ di discriminazione subdola. Ad ogni modo sono sempre riuscito a farmi rispettare.
Hai origini africane. Quanto le tue radici hanno influito anche sul tuo stile musicale e sulla realizzazione della tua carriera?
L’Africa influenza ogni singolo artista o genere musicale. Quando si parla di musica moderna, spesso, tralasciamo che le origini della stessa provengono dall’Africa. Nel mio caso è ancora più evidente.
Quando hai capito che volessi fare musica in maniera professionale come lavoro e non solo come passione?
In realtà è stato da sempre il mio obiettivo. Da piccolino guardavo Michael Jackson in Tv e ripetevo a mia madre che un giorno sarei diventato come lui. (Ride)
Progetti futuri dopo gli ultimi singoli che hai lanciato online? Hai in cantiere anche un album?
Il mio progetto futuro è riuscire a far musica ogni giorno con costanza e dedizione. Solo dopo potrò pensare ad un disco e ad altri progetti. Nel mentre, però, credo che faremo uscire qualche Ep e parallelamente sto lavorando con il mio collettivo Equipe 54 a molte canzoni.
Quali sono le tematiche più presenti nei testi delle tue canzoni?
Mi piace variare con i topics perché racconto sempre la mia vita. Non ci sono tematiche specifiche nelle mie canzoni: dipende dalle mie esperienze e da cosa vuole comunicare la mia anima in un determinato momento.
Sei stato definito un esempio di resilienza. Potresti spiegare a tutti il perché?
Probabilmente perché non mi sono mai tirato indietro nella vita, anche quando tutto va male  non perdo mai la voglia di sorridere e di mettermi in gioco. Non mi piace vivere per nulla. La resilienza è uno status mentale, difficile da attuare ma soddisfacente.
Sogno più grande che hai per il futuro?
Vedere l’Africa davvero decolonizzata.
Eugenia Conti

Interview with Walshy Fire: “Whatever platform I’m getting, I try my best to bring my Jamaican culture along with me”.

We interviewed Leighton Paul Walsh, better known by his stage name Walshy Fire via Skype. Grammy Award Winning Jamaican American DJ, MC and producer, Walshy Fire had so many memories to share with us. His musical journey is very long and full of accomplishments. He started with his first sound called Change Disco when he was 18, then he continued to play with CoppershotBlack Chiney and 9 years ago he started his prolific union with the brand Major Lazer. This collaboration made him travel all over the World smashing up every single place. He used a mainstream formula to promote jamaican sonorities and that’s the key of his huge success. Walshy Fire would like to see a different highlight for Jamaican artists internationally like it’s happening right now with his ward Koffee. Not by chance, he got the Grammy to produce her major hit “Toast”.

Walshy Fire with Koffee in Usa (contributed)

 

Walshy produced a whole lot of music and riddims in his career featuring Artists such us Chronixx, Kabaka PyramidCocoa Tea and many more. Right now, he is focused on the online business due the Covid-19 emergency advertising his format “Quarantine Clash”, together with Warrior Sound, to teach more about the soundclash culture in a streaming way on Youtube, Facebook and Twitch. The Quarantine Clash grand finale was on May 31st and the popular jury established as winner of the 2020 Editition Chiquidubs from Panama.

 

Interviewer: Eugenia Conti 

Songs (Promotional use only)

Watch out for this – Major Lazer

Que Calor – Major Lazer

Video directed by Drummstudio Salento

Gege Vibes interviews Sevana / From Jamaica to the main stage of Rototom Sunsplash 2019

Gege Vibes team met Sevana during Rototom Sunsplash 2019 after her show on the main stage of the Festival. Sevana has grown a lot in the last year recording some hits like “Nobody’s man”, sharing the stage with some great singers like Protoje, Chronixx and Romain Virgo, traveling all over the world. “It’s a blessing”, she said about her career and she kept repeating it during our interview. Sevana, alongside with Koffee and Lila Ike, is certainly the new wave of this young women’s movement from Jamaica. She also explained how important it is for females in the same business to support each other and not fight each other.

Interviewer: Eugenia Conti Shooting: Andrew Lives Editing: Drummstudio Audio e video owned by: Gege Vibes Magazine Special thanks to: Rototom Radio

AFRICAN SECTION / Interview with Maxi Preacher from Gambia for Gege Vibes Magazine (2019)

Positivity is the main message of Maxi Preacher’s music, new artist from Gambia based in Stockholm (Sweden) but actually living in Napoli (Italy). In the nice locations of La Gaiola Island and Parco Virgiliano, both in Napoli, we interviewed this versatile reggae, dancehall and afro-pop singer deepening in his history from Africa to Europe.

Interviewer Eugenia Conti Shooting Andrew Nah Slave Editing P. Raw

Romain Virgo’s LoveSick Album and European Tour 2018 Reviewed by Gege Vibes

“LoveSick” is the new Romain Virgo’s album, released last March 30 2018 and mainly produced by his manager Niko Browne of LifeLine Music. We already knew that Romain was a talent, but it seems that this time he has improved his artistic skills more. The album, composed of 16 tracks, is a nice tribute to the strongest feeling on Earth : the love. The artist from Saint Ann, Jamaica, talks once again about the sentiment that has the strength to move the World. A lot of important jamaican names gave their credits on this project as Donovan Germain of Vp Records, Dean Fraser, Sting International and more.The LoveSick’s track that really makes me crazy is “Still” onSkyscraper Riddim by Richie Stephens. In “Still” the artist asks her partner if she is still in love with him. The meaning of the song is very beautiful because it shows a Romain Virgo able to express the most sensitive part of himself without filters.

TRACKS

  1. Face To Face
  2. Lovesick
  3. Cruise
  4. In This Together
  5. Day In Day Out
  6. Cannot Close My Eyes
  7. Sweet Liar
  8. Unbreakable
  9. Trouble
  10. Hold On
  11. Will You Be There
  12. Now
  13. Still
  14. Heartbeat
  15. Stay With Me
  16. Caress Me

We followed as Gege Vibes Magazine two shows of the European tour of Romain Virgo: on April 1st in Amsterdam during the event Reggaeville Easter Special and on April 8th in East London at Scala. If the album enchanted us, the live concerts were even better. On the stages the sound was a sweet reggae, contaminated with pop and soul. The melodic voice of Romain was accompanied by his very good band. The audience was involved and passionated in a no-stop show of almost two hours. We also really appreciated the voice of the young female artist in open act Sevana, from Kingston.

At the end of the days, what struck me in a positive way are especially the contents of the album’s themes. Romain addresses the “subject” of the love to the fullest singing about the lost and found ones. This topic may seem something obvious and too used in the songs, but I think that in today’s society is a rarity that young artists still compose lyrics like those. Today it seems that everything is about the money, the success based on the fake appearances and the mere fun. Romain, with LoveSick Album, teaches or reminds people that only when we are in love we could see the things with different eyes transforming the everyday routine into something of unique and unrepeatable.

Eugenia Conti

Brand New Valentine’s Day Video / Looking for Love – Tres (02/14/2018)

There is a congolese proverb that says :

“No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come”. This proverbs embodies the journey of Tres. Born and raised as an orphan in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tres had a nomadic life; moving from the couch of hostels to the harsh reality of the streets. While many of his counterparts fell to the same demise; Tres wanted to be different. Having observed the pain of the people and the violence that ever so plagued his area, he wanted to help. He acknowledged that he could make a change and figured the only solution would be to share a different message, one that would seep through their present pain. He wanted to bring some joy in a place where such a thing was foreign. Overall he wanted to make a difference!

At the age of nine, self discovery brought a solution to Tres and he realized that when he would sing, he would capture the attention of the people in his village. In this time, this became a boy’s dream and Tres concluded that this will be his life pursuit. Such dreams however couldn’t be actualized in his present environment. With ongoing political violence in his area, Tres made the bold decision to leave DR Congo at the age of 16, to pursue his dream and begin his musical journey.

In 2009, in an unexpected move, Tres performed for Prince William at Centerpoint Hostel. It was a half done performance which was enough to impress Prince William who later invited him to perform again at Clarence House. This was a breakthrough for Tres. This opportunity into the spotlight, landed appearances on the Nelson’s show, Sky News and This Morning followed.

Shortly after, he signed his first record deal with Roundhouse Records in 2010. Since then, he has supported The Black Keys while earning the nomination for Best Male UK based Afro/Caribbean Act of 2010 at the BEFFTA Awards.

In recent times, Tres musical ambitions continue to grow working with world renowned writers affiliated with the likes of Adele, Florence and the Machine, Santigold, Rihanna, Mikky Ekko, Alex Clare, Tom Odell, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini to name a few. This expansion in this new territory has been lifted under new management. With new releases scheduled for 2017 , Tres is currently working on his new album under the direction of Plum Music. ‘Looking for love’ is the first official Videoclip of Tres released today on YouTube. The location of the video is in the cosmopolitan East London. The shootings were directed in coloured and artistic areas like Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Hackney Wick. A real hantem in favor of the love without prejudices and any form of racism.

In his own words Tres said : “For me, it was never about the popularity , it was about the music. My joy is that I get to share it”

Henry Seven