Khalab & M’berra Ensemble

Italian electronic artist and producer Raffaele Constantino a.k.a. Khalab has developed an international reputation for his original fusion of traditional African sounds, deep bass work, jazz, and heavily layered & dense electronic textures.

As a passionate researcher and advocate, Khalab has been promoting African music throughout his DJ career on the Italian club and festival scene, as a broadcaster on national Italian network Rai Radio 2, and as a music consultant, author, and event organiser. He has collaborated with the likes of Malian percussionist Baba Sissoko, and emerging icons of the new jazz scene such as Shabaka Hutchings and Moses Boyd. Most recently he experimented with field recordings from the archives of the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Bruxelles on his 2018 album Black Noise 2084. His wide-reaching musical tastes can be heard regularly on his monthly Worldwide FM show, Love from Rome, on which he takes a round trip journey between ancestral rituals and psych, deserts and spaceships.

 

M’berra Ensemble

M’berra Ensemble refers to a community of musicians living in the M’berra refugee camp — some who perform as individuals, others who are a part of other bands. They took part in this musical collaboration as a way of restoring their dignity and identity as musicians, and to support and raise awareness for INTERSOS humanitarian projects in the Sahel region of West Africa.

M’berra Ensemble are: Amano Ag Issa, Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar, Ahmadou Ag Mohamed, Tinalbaraka Walet Alhassane, Alhassane Ag Abdorahmane, Taya Walet Mohamed, Aliou Ould Mohamed, Attaher Ag Mohamed, Attaye Ag Mohamed, Elhaj Ag Mohamed, Enaderfé Ag Khamma, Hamma Ag Awaissoune, Mohamed Alwafi Ag Mohamed, Khantara Ould Mohamed, Adriano Viterbini, Tommaso Cappellato, Davide Paulis, and DJ Knuf.

Further reading

WOMAD at Home presents two new online performances mixed in 360° immersive audio

These sessions follow a successful 8-part series which was broadcast in Autumn 2020.

Announcing M’berra: the forthcoming album by Khalab & M’berra Ensemble

M'berra is out on Real World Records on 23 April 2021.

‘4 August 2020’ — a short story by Jerker Virdborg

Written by Swedish writer Jerker Virdborg, it's inspired by Loney dear's album A Lantern and a Bell.

A Code of Signals: Exploring the symbolism of Loney dear’s album art

Each flag on the cover art of Loney dear's new album and singles means something different.