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Hidden Riddims part 1

Hidden Riddims digs into the musical rhythms and sounds usually heard behind the closed doors of Voodoo, Candomblé or Winti ceremonies. Beats and sounds in search of a higher state, the divine and the supernatural. This evening zooms in on the sacral properties of sound and rhythm with a focus on the occult and exorcist nature of the music.

Screening: Maya Deren – “Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti”
A black and white documentary about the search of film maker Maya Deren after voodoo dances and rhythms in Haiti of the 1950s. The documentary was released after the film maker’s death.

Stuart Baker/Soul Jazz Records (UK)
Presentation/performance
Stuart Baker is the man behind the selection of dozens of genre defining compilations of the leading British Soul Jazz Records label which has been active since the 90s. Expressly for Impakt, he delves into the backgrounds and sounds of specific Caribbean and African traditions using music to approximate the divine.

Demdike Stare – audiovisual set (UK)
This project is a collaboration between Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. These obsessive record collectors from Manchester mix sonic elements from a colonial past with drones and fragmented dub sounds. With ghost-like samples and intense visuals, the sum of all parts is woven into a rhythmic audiovisual dream.


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