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Over recent years Adamantios Kafetzis has become an avid collector of African music, a passion which has ultimately led him to visit Senegal many times in the last 15 years, obsessively investigating the sound, searching out and collecting vinyl, and on the whole, educating himself in Senegalese/African music, both past and present.
After his many years of research, Adamantios has happened upon a wealth of un-edited reel tapes containing material from the 60’s up until the mid 80’s, a find that has prompted him to create a record label…
Great care is being taken to preserve the original quality of the recordings in order to maintain the live feel of the original source which was recorded live through 2 or 4 microphones directly to reel to reel.
Using his perspective as a (visual) artist Adamantios endeavors to provide high quality packaging alongside informative liner notes. From creating attractively constructed LP and CD housing to information on artists including histories, photographs and interview material.
Intending on working closely with the people involved in the music’s creation the label has been set up in, and shall be run from Senegal, a move that will not only allow Adamantios the ability to communicate face to face with artists/producers, but also permit him to continue the search for new musicians and new music.
Adamantios has keen interest in re-forming some of the groups that made music he has come across for live performance and recording. Although he is not only interested in music from the past but equally interested in presenting the Senegalese/African music of today… aiming to combine elements of the past with the present. He reformed the legendary band of SAHEL from the ‘70s and made a European Tour in 2012 were they played at WOMEX Festival. The latest project is the DIEUF-DIEUL de Thiès, a mythic group from the ‘80s, releasing two albums of them and setting up a European Tour for 2017. The last 2 years the interest of the label was expanded first to Ethiopia with the release of the YISHAK BANJAW album and recently to Greece with the release of the KYRIAKOS SFETSAS - Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol.1 album and the creation of the orchestra to perform live for their first time ever in front of the audience. This year the label will visit WOMEX with each group EVRITIKI ZYGIA, a powerful traditional band from Thrace, the land of Orpheus!
All these years he has been DJing in clubs and festivals in Athens, Thessaloniki, Bremen, Berlin, Paris, Reunion… Mixing all kind of African music, Greek, Progressive Jazz Fusion etc as it is the region were he has been active the last 15 years.
IDRISSA DIOP & CHEIKH TIDIANE TALL - Diamonoye Tiopité
GUELEWAR - Halleli Ndakarou
KARANTAMBA - Ndigal
ROYAL BAND de Thiès - Kadior Demb
DIEUF-DIEUL de Thiès - Aw Sa Yone Vol.1
MAR SECK - Vagabonde
DEXTER JOHNSON et le SUPER STAR de Dakar - Live à l’Étoile
DIEUF-DIEUL de Thiès - Aw Sa Yone Vol.2
YISHAK BANJAW - Love Songs Vol.2
KYRIAKOS SFETSAS - Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol.1