Three Birthday Editions

Three Birthday Editions

To mark our 30th anniversary, as of autumn this year we will be issuing a series of special editions at attractive birthday-prices. Musicians from all over the world have showered us with gifts for 30 years, and so we would like to thank our faithful audience for their interest, and hopefully please a lot of new-comers to this exciting genre.

30 years: a whole Generation of Culture and Music

The Network Media Cooperative (Network Medien-Cooperative) was founded in October 1979 – by April 1990 we had already issued 19 titles, at the time as audio-cassettes with a comprehensive booklet in a small package that looked like a chocolate box. The covers and layouts were produced using Letraset on a light-table installed over a bath tub. Among those first records were the musical themes that were to preoccupy us for 30 years: an extensive document of the “Gypsies Music Festival”; meanwhile the music of the Roma has been documented on numerous Network CDs, including the anthology “Road of the Gypsies” (often copied but never achieving the same level). A double musíccasette packet was devoted to cult music from Haiti and the sounds and life philosophy of the Rastafarians in Jamaica. Recording trips were undertaken, among others, to Cuba, Trinidad, St. Lucia, and Curacao, but also to Latin America, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Belize. We also approached the music worlds of Africa in our portrait of the South African pianist and vocalist Dollar Brand (today Abdullah Ibrahim) and in the first studio recordings of Soukous music. These were followed by trips to Liberia, Senegal, Mali, Tanzania, Zanzibar. With the “Desert Blues” series w created a whole new genre; with the singer-songwriter Magou from Senegal we recently introduced a new talent to the international music scene. In these three decades, Christian Scholze, co-founder of Network and managing director to this very day, travelled to more than 80 countries.

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