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  • [VIDÉO] Sônge x Brussels

    She's 24, she's already released her first EP, and she sees colours when she hears music. Sônge is a beatmaker who knows what's up. We spoke to her about her favourite European city and, well, it ended up being the capital of the continent. 

  • Belarus' messed up punk scene

    By on June 19, 2017

    When speaking of Belarus, we don’t often address their punk rock scene. It’s a country that has been largely scrutinised across the continent, and sometimes even referred to as Europe’s last dictatorship. But the all-girl punk band Messed Up have been reshaping the country’s music scene since 2015.

  • No band is an island: a conversation with Ephemerals

    By on May 26, 2017

    Both as musicians and as people, Ephemerals defy convention. Their music is a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, a bit of soul, and they’re an eclectic mix of English, French and American. But they’re also, by their own admission, none of those things. Cafébabel caught up with them at the tail-end of their European tour.

  • Zbigniew Wodecki: Polish music icon dies at 67

    By on May 24, 2017

    Zbigniew Wodecki was many things: author of several hits in the 70's and 80's, but also famous amongst children for singing a popular cartoon theme song. His place in the history of music has been undisputed for years, but his recent encounters with the alternative scene make his loss even more depressing. 

  • Eurovision 2017: "It's always political"

    By on May 16, 2017

    Every year, Eurovision imports its share of colourful clothes and kitschy pop songs to each country in the Old Continent. This year, it's Ukraine’s turn to welcome the parade of flags and good feelings despite a complex political context. Welcome to Europe's fanzone!

  • Rock music reuniting Bosnia and Herzegovina

    By on May 15, 2017

    Mostar in Bosnia is known as a divided town. But contrary to the nationalist segregation that has defined the community since the war, The Mostar Rock School has been uniting its youth since 2012. The school has trained 500 people, producing some of the nation’s greatest talents and is bringing back more social cohesion than ever since the war. 

  • QUIZ: 80's song or Eurovision 2017 entry?

    By on May 12, 2017

    For many years, Eurovision served as a symbol for modernity; a hip and flashy Europe that knows no borders. While today it may be a stale memory for some, for others it is a moment to revive their long-lost patriotism. We analysed the songs and made a quiz for you... can you tell the difference between an 80's song and the entries?

  • Max Richter on words, vision and Virginia Woolf

    By on Feb. 22, 2017

    German-born Max Richter is a chameleon of post-minimal classic and electro music, and one of the most influential contemporary British composers. His work includes a re-interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; soundtracks for Martin Scorsese and Black Mirror; a reading of Kafka with Tilda Swinton and an eight-hour sleeping aid. In his current project he revisits three novels of Virginia Woolf.

  • Why are Britain's Eurovision entries always so awful?

    By on Jan. 25, 2017

    Despite being one of the five countries automatically allowed to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, the United Kingdom has failed to make the Top 10 for seven consecutive years. And if this year’s contenders are anything to go by, the UK isn’t getting rid of that reputation any time soon. [OPINION]

  • Olivia Ruiz: "I have a duty to remember"

    By on Jan. 16, 2017

    From La femme chocolat to her latest album, À nos Corps-Aimants, Olivia Ruiz has designed her own multifaceted silhoutte, capable of picking up and then discarding styles and entire genres at will. But there is one influence which does seem to stick around: her Spanish origins, and the story of her immigrant family.