‘Pantropical x Arab Film Festival’ is an integral part of the annual Arab Film festival [ Oct 11 – Oct 15 ]. We proudly present a line up that is all-embracing and engaging, ranging from virtuoso oud playing, experimental electronica, to old and new Arab dance tunes and futurist Nubian beats. This event will take place at Roodkapje, literally a 3 min. walk from Rotterdam CS.
■ SUFYVN (sd)
Sufyvn is a Khartoum based Sudanese music producer who explores the diverse sounds of traditional Sudanese music. He uses vintage Sudanese instruments and merges them with modern textures and a strong rhythmic backbone similar to those found in electronic IDM and Hip-Hop contexts. Sufyvn’s signature sound is highlighted on the “Ascension EP” (2017), his most detailed work to date. This EP does not westernize Sudanese music, but instead takes it to new territories. “Ascension” is a visionary accomplishment that enabled Sufyvn to define his voice as a producer.
■ JAWA MANLA (sy)
Jawa Manla is a talented oud player from Syria who was born in Aleppo and grew up in Damascus. She started playing music at the age of eleven. Inspired by her father playing the oud, she decided to commit to the instrument. She went on to study music in Egypt in 2012 at the Beit El Oud institute under the supervision of the Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma. In 2014 she received lessons in Istanbul by the Turkish oud player Nacati Celik. Since June 2015 she is based in the Netherlands which enables her to perform with many international musicians, not in the last place because of her studies at Codarts in Rotterdam.
■ DIRAR KALASH (palestine)
Dirar Kalash is a sound artist whose uncompromising work spans a wide range of sonic practices. Dirar will perform with the oud combined with electronica, approaching the lute-type string instrument with different techniques in order to achieve a music that transcends the common notions of traditional oud playing. His approach repositions the oud within a context where it is considered not only as an instrument with a deep history, but also as a vehicle for further explorations of musical and sonic languages.
■ DUCKFOOD (nl | rebel up! / pantropical)
Duckfood’s massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre.
■ CHRISTIAN BAAS (nl | pantropical)
Rotterdam based DJ with a fine eclectic taste. He played pantropical sets at a diverse range of events; with Mdou Moctar, DJ Tetris, DJ Bebedera, Gaye Su Akyol, Altin Gün, etc.