Austin! Accra! Auckland! A SXSW Special
Welcome to Tonspur, the first truly global music blog. We’re launching today from Austin, Texas, during South by South West, the biggest music conference in the world.
We are four bloggers on four continents. We love, make, play, breathe, live off music. And we put our forces together to bring you the freshest stories from all corners of the world every week - combined with a unique playlist you won’t forget.
Today, you will find the first story by Allie Silver from Bogota, Colombia.
Meet the crew:
Currently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Allie Silver is the founder of Free Radical Productions – consulting, curating and reporting on the most exciting new sounds in international music.
For the past two years Allie Silver managed ZZK Records, a ground breaking label reviving Latin American folkloric traditions through an electronic pulse. Starting in radio in 2005 at WNUR FM in Chicago, she’s been on the air from Israel to Norway as an international music broadcaster and tastemaker. Allie has worked at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs producing Chicago SummerDance and World Music Festival:Chicago, in addition to hosting the festival’s live radio broadcast series for 4 years. As an invited speaker in Latin America and Europe, Allie is active in promoting female networking in the industry as co-founder of “Women of the World”, in addition to being a voice for the next generation of world music. In 2012 she was honored to be selected as a “Samurai” judge at WOMEX, the World Music Expo, joining an exclusive group of seven well-respected members of the industry who select the coveted showcase slots for WOMEX Greece 2012.
Since 2008, Paris-born Benjamin Lebrave runs Akwaaba, a digital record label that releases a huge amount of diverse African music from across the continent. He started the label in San Francisco, but, two years ago, decided to move permanently to Accra, Ghana. Since then he’s appeared on prime time Angolan TV and has record deals in place with some of the continent’s top artists. Before joining Tonspur, Benjamin already had a column at Fader magazine and contributed to This Is Africa.
One of New Zealand’s most well-travelled TV presenters, Nick Dwyer is the co-creator and host of the critically-acclaimed television series ‘Making Tracks,’ which has seen some of New Zealand’s best-loved songs transformed all over the globe, (it can now be viewed all over the world on the National Geographic and BBC Knowledge networks). Nick also has an extensive career in radio with over 17 years under his belt; he currently hosts the breakfast show on nationwide station George FM.
With nothing than a small camcorder, a foto camera, a field recorder and a notebook, Felix Zeltner took off in 2009 to produce Germany’s first blog that combined music and traveling, following his own passions of playing the trumpet and working in journalism. He named it Tonspur, after the German word for audio track. Tonspur was initially hosted by ARTE TV, Europe’s largest cultural TV network, its stories spread to national public radio ARD and in magazines like Der Spiegel. Tonspur was awarded with the Axel Springer Price for Young Journalists and got nominated for Germany’s most renowned media price, the Grimme Award. In November 2012, after moving to New York City, Felix started working on turning Tonspur into the first truly global music blog.
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