Besides the (ugly) reality that for most days of summer, in Peja or Kosovo generally, the echo of commercial music is sent out in every corner; regardless the ability to entertain, this year AniBar invites you to escape by bringing to the runway of nightlife a fully magical line-up listing new names under the history of the festival.
Amidst other performers, opening night includes a ‘breakthrough act’ from Peja, Sapton, who indeed must be the ideal choice when it comes to starting with tech-house. Added to the line-up of the first night is also Jehona, a dancer and clubber since early age. She started as a journalist that later covered best electronic music events, stories about Spray Club, and interviewed legendary names of the field. Partner, promoter, artist from “Y Serious?” in Pristina. She is the fast lane to become a big DJ, and already one of the most upcoming in Kosovo and the region. Jehona already played in Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, and her performances have impressed many from the genre.
The following night AniBar will be presenting Angry Youth from Prishtina, a collective of artists limited in neither their vision nor disciplines. Spanning across a vast expanse of mediums within the audio/visual fields of animation, design, illustration, music, street art, fine arts and writing, Angry Youth aims to fill an aesthetic and cultural void they find themselves situated in. The twelve members bring diversity in their voices and experiences while still maintaining a point of convergence at which a coherent and common vision is shared: the creation of that which there is both a lack for and hunger of.
D’n’B and Dubstep might be expected by Elephant’s, remarkable people that will be performing with masks on.
Many are looking forward to Por-no, one of the first bands evolving after the war in Kosovo (early 2000s), who came due to a vast collective silence, and best represented a common voice of many others. Their first EP was released in 2001, and they works follow with great other releases in many forms. This band has played a significant role in the development of an “urban under-culture” in Kosovo. Another reason to be there is that the great Prishtina band EHO will join them.
In addition the best social reflection expressed in a very urban form of music and tunes, may be heard on the 3rd night when brought to the spotlight will be Labinot Sponca, already know for a lot of people. Among names he has collaborated with include Genc Salihu, Taste2, etc.
The man followed by thousands online, Martin Landsky, may be considered the promise of this edition for the audience. Landsky immersed himself in music from a young age; he grew up tinkering with cassette tape edits and breakdancing to funk and hip hop, and soon took up DJ-ing, flexing his budding talent at school parties and local youth clubs. His discovery of acid house drew him to Hamburg’s legendary Front Club, which will eternally hold a place in Landsky‘s musical heart, having provided him an early DJ residency, and brought him together with future Poker Flat boss Steve Bug. Last year he also put his special touch to John Tejada‘s well renowned hit ‘Sweat On The Walls‘ on Poker Flat. Outside of the studio, Martin regularly graces the DJ booths of world renowned clubs like Watergate and Fabric, with sets that nod to the legacy of Front Club, maintaining its deft balance of escapism and musical discovery.
6th night belongs to reggae J! Natty Fiyah was founded in 2009 by Rootsman I and Spincore. The main idea was to make a reggae sound system, but soon as shows started to come up, Natty Fiyah started including some other musical genres that were somehow connected to reggae, for example Jungle music and similar genres. During year 2009 the sound system rocked only on homestead locations throughout Macedonia, Tetovo, Skopje, Prilep, Bitola, Ohrid, Kumanovo, etc. In 2010 Natty Fiyah supported Conquering Lion on their tour, therefore put some shows throughout Romania, Croatia and Slovenia.
With this short musical summary of what to be expected, we shall say no more but invite you to be there, and enjoy a different dimension of Anibar this year!
By Art Haxhijalupi