This Machine Kills Portuguese Fascists: how Fado Bicha are rewriting the rules of musical tradition

João Caçador and Lila Fadista met in Lisbon through their mutual love of fado. Initially, the rigid conventions of the traditional music genre didn’t seem to match their queer identities, but, together, they found a way to make it theirs. Now, they discuss defying conservatism, representing a silent legacy and fighting back theresurgence of the extreme-right in a country on the eve of a presidential election.

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Ored Recordings is bringing traditional music from the Caucasus into the here and now

As a teenager, Bulat Khalilov had a strong dislike for the culture he grew up in. Now, his record label Ored Recordings is one the standard bearers of traditional folk music from the Caucasus. In recent years he’s visited ethnic groups across the region to make field recordings of their deep-rooted musical traditions. What started out as naive curiosity about “cool” folk music, has become an impassioned mission to breathe new life into the traditional music of the Caucasus.

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