Habibi Funk - A spotlight on Arab grooves - An exhibition
Summary: We are a music label from Berlin called Habibi Funk. We work on re-releasing old music from the Arab world. Now we wanna work on spreading the heritage of these artists and scenes thru a series of exhibitions. We already financed a large part ourselves but we need help with the costs for printing, professional framing and transport.
يهدف مشروع حبيبي فنك إعادة إطلاق موسيقى قديمة من الوطن العربي.كما يهدف نشر ميراث وتراث الفنانين والمساحات الموسيقية وذلك عن طريق معارض وفعاليات تضم مواد بصرية من ارشيفاتهم الخاصة. و في إطار إطلاق أول معرض بصري منظم من قبل حبيبي فنك ندعو أصدقاء ومحبي المشروع بدعم المعرض عن طريق مساهمات مالية لسداد تكاليف الطباعة والانتقالات وصناعة اطارات الصور المحترفة. للمزيد من المعلومات توصلوا معنا عبر صفحتنا.
What are we going to do: We are a music label from Berlin called Habibi funk. We are dedicated to re-releasing music from the Arab world (You can find more infos about the label below). Just like it is important for us to make music accessible, we also wanna tell the story connected to the music, interview the people behind the music, give an idea of the context and micro cosmos in which the music was created. Therefore we spend a lot of time creating extensive booklets for our vinyl and CD releases. From the beginning we had a deep affection to the stories old musicians would tell us, old dusty photo prints they would show me, or old newspaper clippings about a concerts they did in the 1970s.
We feel it is great to tell the story of the music and musicians we adore by re-releasing music but fairly instantly I also thought about other ways to share these stories and moments inherently connected to the music. I started collecting material around 2 years ago, be it old prints, scans of old photos I made, concert flyers and much more material. Earlier this year the East Wing gallery in Dubai reached out to us about creating something in their space. We felt that they are a great partner to kick it off. Their gallery is located at the heart of d3 design district and fairly big. We went back and forth and came up with a concept highlighting a number of individual artist like Fadoul, Ahmed Malek, Al Massrieen as well as spotlights on certain scenes we love such as the Sudanese jazz scene. We will exhibit a wide mixture of material ranging from vintage prints to reproductions from scans we have collected, old composition sheets, newspaper clippings and a lot more. At the same time we wanna make the artists themselves heard so we conducted interviews in Cairo and Casablanca with Hany Shenoda of Al Massrieen and Faraj Allah of Attarazat Addahabia. Both will be shown on screens alongside concert footage from Ahmed Malek or the Scorpions from Sudan. Faraj Allah of Attarazat Addahabia used to be a painter and artist so we also have him involved in creating some new works mixing calligraphy and photography. Moreover, we will have an interactive section with turntables where people can listen to the music themselves on vinyl.
The idea of showing exhibitions is something that we feel is an essential tool to have people connect with the rich musical heritage from the Arab world and the musicians we love. As a conclusion we intent to do way more then just a one-off exhibition. We are already in talks to do an exhibition in Algeria just dedicated to one of the artists from our roster in late 2018. It's particularly important for us to show the material in the region itself and with East Wing we have a great partner in helping us to bring the exhibition to various places everywhere.
What do we need?
As you might imagine all of this is connected with costs. The first exhibition we have already confirmed does not generate any profits, the gallery will not charge an entry, we do not sell artworks. Both we as well as East Wing gallery are happy to invest some money ourselves which we already did but we need help for 3 key costs:
- Producing large scale prints, as well as medium sized reproductions of photos.
- Framing reproductions as well as original prints, press clippings, hand written composition sheets as well as buying the screens for showing the interview and live footage.
- Transport costs for getting the material to the places of the exhibition.
If we manage to raise more money than needed for the first exhibition, we will use it for the transport costs for the next exhibitions we are working on. We are also constantly working on adding more material to our archive and cover more bands and regions.
More infos about us: Habibi Funk is a record label dedicated to re-releasing the evolution of a musical style that historically never had its own particular genre. The label, headed by Berlin based DJ, Jannis Stuertz & Malte Kraus is dedicated to describing a particular fusion of sounds and a catalog of artists that were created in cities geographically distant from one another in the Arab world. Although produced under very different circumstances, the artists are connected by their distinct musical compositions, which mix local and regional influences with other inspirations from outside their region. Jannis finds many of Habibi Funk artists through continuous travels to the region – spending hours combing through crates of vinyl records, cassette tapes or long forgotten studio reels left in dusty backrooms, the overloaded storage areas of obscure independent music shops or private collections. Once found, his international team of friends and colleagues in Casablanca, Cairo, Paris and Khartoum share their research to uncover as much background context as possible for each release, including making every effort to contact the original artists, or families of these musicians.
“When we start working on re-releasing music on the Habibi Funk label, we license all tracks directly from the musicians or, in the case of artists who are sadly no longer alive, from their family. As a European label dealing with non-western artists we are keenly aware of our responsibilities to the makers. We split all profits from our releases equally with the artists. Our license deals are limited; after a period of time all rights fall back to the artist or the families. This is vitally important to us in today's reissue market, where too many shady business transactions happen, we need to be fully transparent about our licensing policies”.
Habibi Funk encompasses more than pure funk, often the influences are inspired from Western popular music such as soul, pop and rock, but it’s more than that. Some of the releases can be described as Arabic zouk (a genre originating from the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe), Algerian coladera (a popular musical style from the Cape Verdean islands), Lebanese AOR or old school hip hop. All of the styles go beyond just taking Western music as a blueprint and translating it with a local accent. Habibi Funk aims to bridge this gap, making accessible these obscure and sometimes forgotten musicians to a wider audience, connecting younger generations to their eclectic musical history. Habibi Funk provides insight to the larger puzzle of how musically vibrant this very diverse region was and still is. Their choices are a personal curation of what they love most and not a strict representation of Arabic musical history of the 1970s and 1980s. Their focus is more on the obscure and forgotten and less on recognized musical stars of the region.
Risks and challenges
The risks attached to this project are minimal as the first exhibition in Dubai is already confirmed. It will happen either way, this Kickstarter is a tool for us to make sure we don't have to make any compromises with regards to the content.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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