New release double-CD 'Danceables' coming up

The most danceable tracks by Michael Baird from 1987-2022

Release date May 1st! Zambia-born drummer/composer/producer Michael Baird was an ‘Afro-futurist’ way before the World-Music Scene and the Hipper than Hip ever came up with that name! This compilation of tracks from between 1987 and 2022 shows that beyond any doubt. But musically he always felt himself just a plain ‘Pan-Africanist’ – aside from his home country Zambia, we have here beats inspired by rhythms from Rwanda, Senegal, Congo, as well as influences from Jazz, Funk, Dance, Lounge. “You borrow”, he says, “you don’t copy, you borrow a certain aspect to create something new – hopefully with the blessing of the spirits.” From Kasaï trance to Fwanda dance, from ambient elektro to polymetric free-jazz, from Pygmy pipes to Maghreb yells – this selection is a true body of work, comprising the most danceable tracks from over the years, wonderfully remastered. Total time 108'30".

With guest appearances by David Tronzo (USA), Hans Hasebos (NL), Mark Lotz (D), Kofi Ayivor (GHA), Ousmane Seye (SEN), Russell 'Konkie' Halmeyer (CUR), Jeroen van Vliet (NL), Sophie de Vries (NL), Nusch Baird (NL), Yvonne 'Niobe' Cornelius (D), Michael Moore (USA), Vitold Rek (PL), Michel Massot (B), Arnold 'Broer' van den Bogaart (NL)