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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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Berlin based Diamond Version is the collaborative project between two of the most groundbreaking, experimental and forward thinking creators in modern music, Byetone (Olaf Bender) and Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai, musician and founder of Raster Noton). With their solo projects, they have been releasing work that spectacularly blurs the lines between the visceral and the conceptual, bridging the gap between gallery and dancefloor. “Diamond Version is a project born out of a live situation. We occasionally performed encores together after our solo sets. These spontaneous and improvised tracks always had a kind of ‘special energy’ which we missed in our solo works.”

Diamond Version - EP1 (Mute, 2012)
Diamond Version - EP2 (Mute, 2012)
Diamond Version - EP3 (Mute, 2013)
Diamond Version - EP4 (Mute, 2013)
Diamond Version - EP5 (Mute, 2013)

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Diamond Version & TEN CITIES
The fifth TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration took the renowned German producers Alva Noto and Byetone from Berlin to Cairo in May 2013, where they produced tracks together with Bikya and Wetrobots among others. The exchange for Cairo was curated and facilitated by Bikya's Mahmoud Refat together with Berlin based Gerriet Schultz (Adaptr.org).

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