In this overview you can find detailed information about the artists at the World Beats Festival.
Nasiba Abdullaeva is currently the most popular Uzbek Ethno pop star with the award “People’s Artist of the Republic of Uzbekistan”. Like many artists from this region Nasiba studied at different Uzbek colleges of music. Beside the music studies Nasiba also made a music-pedagogic education and finished her degree at the Institute of Culture in Tashkent. As a singer Nasiba distinguished herself successfully with many competitions, TV gigs and concerts which they led her through many countries of Central Asia. In 1988 Nasiba was asked at invitation of the Indian president to present the music culture of Uzbekistan. The success did not keep waiting long and already she was invited to Israel, Turkey, Russia, Central Asian and Caucasian countries, Japan, the USA and Europe.
In 2009 Nasiba travelled for the first time through the USA and was distinguished in New York for the support of the music of the people of the world with “The Big Apple Music Award”. Nasiba is a frequent guest on the Turkish and Azerbaijani television. By many live concerts and interviews on the Turkish television she has attained since 2014 also big popularity in Turkey.
The special character in Nasiba’s art is the interpretation of the traditional music and the smooth, many-sided applicable voice as well as her multilingualism. She sings in Uzbek, Farsi (Iranian original language), Tadjik, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Russian, Arabic, Hindi and many more languages.
In 2001 Nasiba published her first, international album “Samarkand” which was produced by Blue Fleming Records.
Her current album “Majnun” ist standing for modern contemporary music culture of Central Asia. In spite of western influence the artist and her team from Uzbek top musicians, she keeps the tradition firmly in the field of vision. Traditional instruments like Tanbur, Doira, Saz, Sato, Rubab, Naqqara, Dutar, violin and Darbuka adapt themselves seemlessly in modern Grooves and keyboards.
With the mixture of happy and also melancholy songs, the clear sure voice of Nasiba and the international arrangements “Majnun” is an album which leads the listener on a small trip through the new Central Asian music culture.
Mory Kante an artist from Guinea in the Griot tradition. A Griot is in wide parts of West Africa a professional musician and writer who performs epic texts in certain form of the chant. He sings stories with historical, mythological or also satirical contents and teaches and entertains in equal measure. Thus Griots contribute to the fact that traditional knowledge is transmitted by verbal traditions. In addition the Griots play on instruments like the footbridge harp “kora”, the lute “ngoni”, the one-string fiddle “goge” or on the xylophone similar “balafon”. The Balafon was also the symbolic instrument of the Kante family which Mory already learnt in his younger days.
In 1971 Mory was discovered by the saxophonist and conductor of the „Rail Band“, Tidiane Kone, and was taken up as a guitarist and Balafonist in the band. After his time with the Rail Band in 1978 Mory Kante settled down in Abidjan, one of the biggest towns of the Ivory Coast. There Mory developed his own musical style which should become the base of his success. He investigated the sound of the traditional African instruments and included them strictly in his music. “I thought it was a shame to leave aside all these treasures.” With a small traditional ensemble Mory performed in the Climbier, at that time a famous club in Abidjan in which also well known stars like like Barry White or Johnny Pacheco gave concerts. Morys arrangements of international hits with traditional instruments inspired Gerard Chess, the boss of the label Ebony Records so much that he produced with Mory his first album “Courougnegne” which appeared in 1981. The popularity of Mory Kante grew in whole Africa and further increased when Mory led the show of the Mande ballet with 75 traditional and modern artists on the stage of the French cultural centre in 1982. A smaller version of this staging was afterwards a part of the legendary show of the French singer Jacque Higelin in autumn, 1985 in the Bercy stadium-concert hall in Paris.
Mory was one of 30 African musicians who took part in the charity event “Tam Tam Pour L’Ethiopie” organised by Manu Dibango. There Mory was discovered by the important talent scout Philippe Constantin and provided him a record contract with Barclay Production. By the American pianist Davis Sancious co-produced album “10 cokes Nuts” was celebrated by the critics and was nominated in 1986 for French “Victoires de la Musique”. Afterwards he toured through Europe, North Africa, Mali, Senegal and the USA. For short Mory knew brilliantly how to create own Worldbeats style which was also accepted by the western audience enthusiastically. When he landed on place 2 of the single charts in Germany and Switzerland and sole lead in „Paneuropean Charts“ of the American Billboard Magazine with the international hit „Ye Ke Ye Ke“, the Griot musician Mory Kante had succeeded in giving the international attention and popularity to the African music which it’s entitled to.
In 2000 Leonardo Di Caprio contacted Mory Kante and asked for the use of the hit “Ye ke ye ke” as a Remix in his film “The Beach”. In the same year Mory Kante was invited by Vatican to take part in the solemnity of the „big cheering year“ which pope Johannes Paul II celebrated. This was, not only for a Muslim, an extraordinary honour. On the occasion of the world hunger day on the 16th of October, 2001 Mory Kante was appointed to the ambassador of the United Nations to help in the worldwide fight against hunger and poverty.