Label boss Marc Teare (thanks Marc for all the background – Ed.) explains: “The Uncanny Times started as a response to the unfolding Corona Virus crisis. Seeing so many people around the world losing jobs over recent weeks, and generally being placed in extremely precarious financial situations, has been difficult and we thought it would be good to give some new music to the world and make it available to anyone regardless of their ability to pay.
The list of charities follows the artist information of those involved; there’s exclusive material from artists previously released on Hive Mind, as well as newcomers to the label.
“Born in 1951 in Essaouira, Mahmoud Gania came from one of the great Gnawa families. A respected singer and guimbri player, he was one of the most prolific recording musicians in Morocco. From the 1970s, until his death in 2015, he released many albums for a variety of Moroccan labels as well as recording with artists as diverse as Pharoah Sanders, Peter Brotzmann, James Holden and Floating Points. The track on this compilation is from the album Aicha which was recorded in Essaouira in the late ’90s and has never received a release outside of Morocco. We are incredibly proud to be reissuing the album later this year.”
“Afro-futurist kora player Jally Kebba Susso is expanding the boundaries of Gambian musical traditions while keeping its heart and soul intact. Seamlessly combining traditional West African sounds with hard funk, jazz and rock into a new psychedelic roots sound. The piece he contributed to this compilation, Kanakumbo, is a beautiful song backed only by the wonderful sound of his kora.” – jallykebbasusso.bandcamp.com
“Spiritczualic Enhancement Center is an outernational movement. A travelling nexus collecting dozens of participants to explore alchemical realms of sonic ritualism.
www.enhancement.center – check out their latest album on the awesome Akuphone label:”
“Md. After Hussain & Paq is a collaboration between young Bengali singer and musician Md. After Hussain, and Italian electronic artist, Andrea Rusconi. The resulting album is the meeting of two worlds, the one of Hussain singing the folk songs he knows by heart while playing a keyboard or a pakhawaj (drum), sharing the wisdom of the Baul tradition of his homeland, and the western side brought by Andrea working on the ambient part and the arrangements of the few instruments he added.
“While transcending religion the Baul compositions are very spiritual, celebrating celestial love through a declaration of love for a life mate (bosh-tomi). The Baul philosophy includes the key concept of “Deha tatta” (Truth in the body), epitomised by the aphorism “whatever is in the universe is in the receptacle (the body)”. Their quest for divinity resides in human beings and the mean to reach it is music. They seek spirituality in the music, they live for the music, wandering from village to village offering ecstatic sound waves in exchange for sustenance. After Hussain escaped from Bangladesh in 2015 and arrived in Italy in 2017 – after a long and dangerous trip through Middle East, Turkey and Libya – where he found more violence and escaped across the Mediterranean. In Italy, he found hospitality as an asylum seeker in Associazione Ardea, where Andrea is involved with Ardea Recordings a project aiming to create an archive of songs, stories and sounds by the some of the people who spent some time with the Refugee program. Hussain was invited to play freely and Andrea jumped into that mesmerising brew and provided a musical environment for that lonely singing. The resulting songs are hybrid, hypnotic, ritual poems cradled by Crumar synthetizers and Veena drones but, above all, these recordings are the journey of two people coming together in music. Hive Mind will be releasing the full album in the not too distant future.”
“The mysterious Syrian born, Sweden based, Khan El Rouh is a video and sound artist:”
Women’s Aid use your donations to help women escape abusive relationships, their work is particularly important during lockdown (Nev Clay):
Sunnybrook Foundation (Family Ravine):
Italian Red Cross (Nicolas Gaunin):
County Durham Food Bank (Bad Amputee):
The Ardea Association works with migrants from around the world in the city of Rimini. They run ahost of essential services for the migrant community, including the music project where Md. After Hussein and Paq were able to meet and work together (Paq):
Essaouira Community Food Drive (Maalem Mahmoud Gania):
There are instructions on how to donate in the article linked below – Care.org: providing emergency COVID-19 Hygeine kits to vulnerable families in 90 countries around the world, including Morocco. They will match your donation (Moulay Ahmed El Hassani):
Basmeh & Zeitooneh is an NGO working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey (Khan el Rouh):
Gambia National Fundraising For COVID 19 (Jally Kebba Susso):
Brighton Yoga Foundation provide yoga for mental health, for women recovering from abuse & trauma, for teenagers, yoga in schools, for the police and for NHS staff (f.ampism):
Brighton Unemployed Families Centre are doing amazing work in Brighton through this crisis. They continue to run socially isolated sessions at their allotment and are delivering food parcels to many vulnerable families throughout the city (Hive Mind Records):