Kalibe, with its unique sound, breaks the mould in world music

Published: 19 November 2017 | by Janine Dube
Kalibe, with its unique sound, breaks the mould in world music
Kalibe
Globalisation has meant that the world is getting smaller and we are becoming more and more connected in various ways but primarily through music. Even though there is increasingly a lot of similarity in the mainstream music, there are musicians out there that are breaking the mould.

One of these unique voices is Kalibe, an exciting multicultural music group that has come together to merge cultural music styles, instruments and languages from a wide variety of exotic cultures.


Photo from Kalibemusic Facebook


Aided by the convenience of technology, Kalibe's music is created by skilled musicians from all over the world blending instruments and languages from across Africa, Persia and South America. The group's songs are mostly written through cooperation with the people participating in that specific recording

In an interview with OneVybe, Matteo Crugnola, who describes himself as 'the engine' of the group said: "The idea of this group came out almost by itself, from the experiences of these last years. The passion for the music, for traveling and the curiosity for other cultures naturally led to the idea of Kalibe.

"I've been living and studying music in different countries (UK, Spain, Brazil,..) and have met several great musicians who also became my friends. I've personally experienced the power of music to unite people of different countries and cultures, the will to share through music."
 
Matteo says that he loves writing and arranging music and during his travels, he brought with him some music instruments and started recording his friends. Through that, the concept of uniting people through diversity was born.
 
"The diversity of each of us is a key factor of our music. Differences can hide great opportunities. For example, I'm the main "engine" of Kalibe: I have an analytical mind, I studied music and composition (classical to jazz) and have skills to record, edit, mix music," he said.


Kalibe: Mae da Lua - Tudo gira


"Mae da Lua is almost the opposite, she's very spiritual and sensitive, has a great intuition and write beautiful lyrics; she has loved music since she was a kid and has investigated indigenous music, playing so many weird instruments.

"...but for her it can be hard to "structure" a musical idea to make it a full song. I try to make solid arrangement to allow people who collaborate to feel the freedom to improvise.

"Ermanno Panta has studied jazz for a long time and he's great at flying over those arrangements and making beautiful solos with a jazzy, ethnic mood."
 
"Blending together different elements is a matter of taste, same as cooking. I've been a fan of world music for many years so I guess that musical elements from different cultures became familiar to my ear, and sometimes it's just the curiosity of experimenting unusual sets and being surprised by the results."

For Kalibe, music is about creating a vehicle for different ideas, including being critical of society and inspiring change. People around the world have welcomed the positive message and the 'sensation of "lightness" that the music gives.'

For more information:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Jt6cYg3W1OX7iPNrwt7MG
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYAp6LQ0kJs0IDD9uGFaqEQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kalibemusic/
Website: https://www.kalibemusic.com/
- OneVybe

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