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Dissidenten - Pioneers of Global Sound

Since 1981, the Berlin trio has explored sounds between Berlin and Tangier, Barcelona and Winnipeg, Altai and Bangalore, as one of the first groups ever to have opened Western pop culture to global influences.
Through decades of musical collaborations between Global Beat and Krautrock, new Classical and Trance, Metal and Electronics, the band has won a wonderfully eclectic audience on all continents. More than a thousand concerts and festival appearances have taken them around the entire planet. Selection of international festivals: See below
The Music Express ranked the Dissidenten album “Sahara Elektrik” among the 100 most important German records of all time. The album sold several million copies worldwide. The title track “Fata Morgana” was a hit from Toronto to Cairo and Rio. “This album,” wrote the Spanish journalist Jose Miguel Lopez, “is the Bible and the Koran of world music and marked the birth of a genre.”
Other Dissidenten projects had a seminal influence as well:
In Bollywood, Dissidenten produced “The Jungle Book”, a trailblazing concept album which reflects their years of experience with South Indian music.
Remixes of their album “Instinctive Traveler” featuring DJs Sven Väth and Shantel were internationally acclaimed and inspired the live CD series “Dissidenten remix.ed”.
In cooperation with several European orchestras and choirs Dissidenten developed the documentary opera “The Memory of the Waters “which is performed internationally since 2000.
Today, Dissidenten’s global pop sounds are particularly relevant. During the festival tour 2017, the group presented their latest album “We Don’t Shoot!” live in front of more than 350,000 listeners in Western Europe, Russia, Asia and Arabia. With biting sound and timely political commentary they show that even after three decades, they are still the pioneers of the genre. Together with groups like Kraftwerk or Einstürzende Neubauten, Dissidenten continue to spearhead the German avant-garde.

To name a few: Dissidenten Selection of past international festival appearances

Austria: Brucknerfest, Linz, Afrika Festival Vienna
Belgium: Sfinx Festival
Canada: Festival d’Èté de Quebec, Toronto Harbour Front, Ottawa Festival
Denmark: Alborg Festival, Roskylde,
Go Global
England: Glastonbury, Womad
France: Le Printemps de Bourges, SOS Racisme, Nancy Jazz Festival
Finland: World Village Helsinki
Germany: EXPO 2000, Fusion Festival, Leverkusener Jazztage, Ruhrfestspiele, Rockpalast, Rudolstadt, Tollwood, Donaufest Ulm, Open Ohr, Masala, Stimmen Festival, Loreley Summer Jam, Sun Splash
Hungary: Sziget Festival
India: Jazzfest Calkutta, Jazz India Bombay, Goa Festival
Italy: Festival di Siracusa, Festa dell ́Unita, Taneto di Gattatico, Teatro Tenda Festival Napoli
Morocco: Mawazine Rabat, L’Boulevard Casablanca
Netherlands: Womex Rotterdam, Amsterdam Roots Festival
Russia: The Kazan Creation of Peace Festival, Perm Festival, Sayan Ring Festival
Spain: Etnimalaga, Bilbao Festival, Biennale Mediterraneo Barcelona, Festivales de la Navarra, Jazz Murcia, La Mercé Barcelona, Fiesta San Isidro, Los Pirineos Sur
Switzerland: Montreux, Paleo Festival,
Turkey: East West University Festival, Ankara
USA: Central Park Festival, New Music Seminar, Palladium, New York, La Fayette Festival, Louisiana

International press:
NY Times, USA: „...the adventuros group from Berlin...the world beat movement, led by groups like Dissidenten....“ Stern Magazin, Germany: „...prophets from Krautrockland....“
El Pais, Spain: „...El Grupo mas multiétnico del planeta....“
LA Weekly, USA: „...Paul Bowles would have been amazed and Marshall McLuhan would have nodded sagely.... vital, intriguing, passionate and impressionistic – all of which Dissidenten is....“
Spirale, Spain: „...Dissidenten es uno de los grupos seminales en el mundo de los ritmós étnicos....“
Die Zeit, Germany: „...eine Musik, die in ihren Anfängen die Blumenkinder faszinierte, erreicht auf ihre alten Tage selbst die Techno Kids. Daheim treten sie kaum auf, dafür vor Zehntausenden in Marokko, Indien, Brasilien....“ Christian Science Monitor, USA: „...The burgeoning interest in musical hybrids from around the world has cata- pulted Dissidenten to great popularity in parts of Europe and North Africa.. in the United States, too....“
Actuel, Canada: ”...alors Dissidenten a inventé le funk de la zone moderne, l’electro-pop sur les melodies de cas- bah. Dissidenten dé ent à nouveau les codes anglo-saxons....“
Cosmopolitan, USA: „...establishing Dissidenten as the only true heirs to Talkin Heads` „Remain in Light“ fusion....“ Diario de Leon, Spain: „...Dissidenten, uno de los maximos exponentes de la fusión étnica o „World Music“....“ Times Magazine, USA: „...pop takes a global outpouring of bizarre hybrids: German rockers Dissidenten....“ Times of India: „...the right choice of chakras keeps the music lean and airborne. I knew I was in for a good ride the rst of many times I asked myself, „What the hell is going on?....“
Maroc Soir, Morocco: „...irrésistible Dissidenten....a son troisième passage à Rabat, Dissidenten a encore une fois soulevè sa foule, environ 50 000 spectateurs heueux sous le beau temps retrouvé. Rabat devient plus jamais la terre d’attache de Dissidenten en Maroc, sa ville fétiche....“
Smash Magazine, Canada: „...the transcendent, irresistible sound of Dissidenten will take you away to paradise. They have a magical, other worldly appeal....“
Journal de Quèbec, Canada: „...Irrémédiablement indispensable....“
Ritmos Etnicos, Spain: „...Their music presents the Bible or the Koran of Ethno-Beat or World Music, the one that marks the birth of the genre....“

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article submitted by:Uve Müllrich, Dissidenten / Exil Musik GmbH