Magazine article New Internationalist

Radio International

Magazine article New Internationalist

Radio International

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Radio International by Kefaya (Radio International Records RIR01, CD + digital)

'The chains of nationalism seek to restrain us within borders and boundaries,' reads a statement from the British-based Kefaya, an international musical collective organized around Giuliano Modarelli and Al MacSween. Their stance, and that of their collaborators, is based in the very word, 'kefaya': in Egyptian Arabic it means 'enough' and it was a word much in evidence during that country's Arab Spring protests.

Kefaya's internationalism manifests itself in its range of musical influences, many roughly within the vicinity of the Mediterranean but also tapping into Indian classical song, courtesy of Deborshee Bhattercharjee. The concept of music as a radio station that transmits its message across boundaries is not new; for Kefaya, the process of recording and broadcasting is a political act. …

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