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About Akuphone :
Akuphone follows in the wake of such collections as Ocora, Le Chant du Monde, Lyrichord and Folkways Records, although contrary to these, it does not aim at the “purity” or “authenticity” of these cultural forms of expression, so dear to the conservative approach of ethnomusicology. Rather on the other way, Akuphone’s productions attempt at decentring one’s point of view, one’s way to look at and listen to things through musical styles which have been shaped by the flow of intercultural exchanges – emphasized by globalization – and their various fusions. Akuphone ambitions to promote “hyphenated music” and its diversity without emphasizing such ambiguous notions as intermixing and hybridity, which can be considered as commonly accepted stances tinted with eurocentrism.
Akuphone’s Releasing Programme divides into Four Areas
Its first and main line focuses on rare global Pop & Folk Music – popular and folklore music – generally from Southern territories and also called “global sound” or “World Music”.
Its second line consists of ritual and ceremonial music: compiled according to the various types of rites (daily rites, spiritual or ceremonial rites), these field recordings originate from all parts of the globe.
Its third line concerns what can be called « propaganda music ». This collection includes a selection of original compilations that aims at rendering political and historical contexts through struggle hymns and revolutionary tunes.
Its fourth and last line is composed of works by current artists representative of the « hyphenated music ».