22 October, 2002

Music from the rest of the world

Established in 1991, from an idea of Luciano Benetton and Oliviero Toscani, under the direction of Tibor Kalman, with the premise that diversity is positive but that all cultures have equal value, today COLORS is part of the publishing activity in Fabrica, Benetton's communication research centre. On sale in 40 countries, 3 editions, published in 4 languages, an Internet site that has won a record number of hits and critical acclaim: COLORS is a quarterly magazine that talks to young people all around the world.

Coming from the same background philosophy, COLORS MUSIC are a new series of musical compilations that works independently but with the same ultimate goal as the magazine: to present new contemporary realities.

Each issue of COLORS MUSIC will feature contemporary music from artists and labels that highly represent their own musical context.

COLORS MUSIC is not about folklore and tradition, it is rather aimed to capture contemporary productions around the world, beyond established musical genres.

COLORS MUSIC pretends to undergo new ways of compiling music, new themes and new critical paths that allow the listener to understand music through different channels.

COLORS MUSIC is produced in collaboration with international record label IRMA.


COLORS MUSIC #01 Nordic the first issue, focuses in the more sophisticated context of Scandinavia where jazz clubs and jazz music has a strong presence and where traditional music has given a new insight of atmospheres that recall Scandinavian traditions. The Nordic context is full of atmospheric melodies and new jazz structures. Featuring music from Blue Foundation, Royskopp, Xploding Plastix, Jimi Tenor, He Said Omala, Pan Sonic, Mind Over Midi, Motion Control, City of Women, Goran Kajfes, Nils Petter Molvar, Hilmar Orn Hilñarsson and Sigur Ros, Mum, Deathprod.

COLORS MUSIC #02 Cumbia, a newly refreshed vision on Latin American Cumbia, this compilation features the best of this new tropical phenomenon.
CUMBIA is the name given to a series of unfolding musical forms which originated on the Atlantic coast of Colombia as a hybrid of Amerindian instruments, African rhythms and European melodic structures. For centuries, the Atlantic coastal cities of Colombia–important trade points and ports for arriving immigrants–were exposed to musical forms from other parts of the Caribbean and Atlantic world, includingCuban rumbas, boleros, and Argentinean tangos. As Cumbia shifted and transformed itself to accommodate these new musical idioms, it never lost the irresistible back beat which distinguishes this coastal music from every other form of well-known Latin dance music. This is why Cumbia resembles the rock-steady forms from Jamaica far more than it does the fluid forms of salsa and Afro-Cuban music. Cumbia was never meant to be contained by national boundaries and it quickly filtered across Colombia’s borders. Today, modern Cumbia is rapidly spreading across the Americas, influencing and creating new musical genres.Mambotur, Celso Piña Y Su Ronda Bogotá, La Sonora Dinamita, King Changó, Grupo Fantasma, Los De Abajo, Rossy War, Chicos De Barrio, Sebastián Escofet, Gilda, Señor Coconut, Gonzalo Martínez, Los Diplomáticos, Yerba Brava, Juan Carlos Quintero.

COLORS MUSIC #03 Ottomanic, presenting music from an imaginary modern Ottoman Empire. The longest of the Middle Eastern empires lasting for more than five centuries and gathering the cultural richness of the Byzantine, Greek, Balkan, Persian and Arabic cultures, the Ottoman Empire became an example of cultural synthesis
and mix never seen before. During that long period, Music – and also architecture- managed to absorbed all these traditions and survive loosing part of its autochthonous richness. Reaching a synthetic form that arrived till today. This compilation pretends to retrace this spirit, taking as a musical epicenter Turkey, from where more electronic and jazz influenced western sounds are arriving, and traveling through Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Egypt. The track selection is varied keeping alive traditional structures and modes, while also trying to give space
to experimentation with other styles and forms. A true eclectic musical journey into Middle Eastern contemporary music. Featuring the music of Burhan Öçal Tracky All Stars, Mohammad Reza Shajarian & Kayhan Kalhor, Bustan Abraham, Amhed Mukhtar & Sattar Al-Saadi,Soliman Gamil, Kudsi Erguner, Yuval Ron feat. Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Baba Zula, Mercan Dede Secret Tribe, Fathy Salama, Sultana, Muslimgauze.

COLORS MUSIC #04 Rio Funk, Funk is probably the most original and interesting musical phenomenon to come out of Brazil in recent years It originates from Miami bass and booty bass music of the late 80´s hip-hop incarnations. The influence of this music on local DJs went on to produce a unique autochthonous movement that grew mainly in Rio which developed into today’s funk carioca style: a unique mix of big bass, raw explicit lyrics, ripped off pop samplers, and naïve electronics. Funk carioca is to today what samba was in the 70´s, music produced by the lower class that makes it to the mainstream of higher-class consumption. The flourishing of Funk is also associated with parties, or “bailes”, where DJs and MCs cheer masses of young dancers into sexual and synchronized choreographies. This compilation celebrates the creativity and spontaneity of this new musical generation. This compilation features the best of contemporary funk straight from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and will also feature an exclusive Bonus video track, shot in location in a street in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favela. The video was shot in March 2003 by Carlos Casas. The compilation will also include a 48 page photo booklet.

Next issue:
COLORS MUSIC #05 Inner Asian Pop (Spring 2006)
(Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan)