The world is looking forward to the Soccer World Cup 2010 in South Africa, the major highlight of the year not only for sport aficinados but also for everyone who is in love with the diverse cultures of our planet. First time ever a Soccer World Cup is hosted by an African country, sad but on the same time groundbreaking fact!
Inspired by the idea of unity and sharing ideas and influences the Faluma label crew came up with an outstanding compilation celebrating the great spectrum of musical styles from the Caribbean, the US, Japan and Africa, as well as from various parts of Europe.
Think of kicking a ball from country to country and over the ocean to other continents, building musical bridges around the world and not only share the love for all kinds of music, especially from Africa and the Caribbean, but also create something entirely new – like the soccer magic a global Allstar Team would be able to create.
‘LADUMA’ is a popular cheer in South African soccer, meaning “he scores!” (literally “it thunders”) in Zulu. Perfect title for a compilation where every tune is a goal! Reaching from Uptempo Jump-Up Soca produced in Japan to Kwaito-Funky Hybrids, from Africa-rooted Trinidadian Reggae to Mashed up Bassline, from Latin-Caribbean Merengue to Brasilian Stadium Hymns the musical bandwidth reflects what soccer and music have in common: FUN, RHYTHM AND UNIVERSALITY!
Basically a label for Caribbean music, focusing strongly on Soca, Faluma has become something like a household name over the years for well done releases, supporting even artists from small islands not very well known outside the Caribbean.
Their newly founded sublabel Faluma Africa will not only dig deep on the musical map of Africa and serve as a perfect platform for productions blurring borders of style and nationality, but also made a perfect gateway to present an international Worldcup compilation with a special dedication to Africa!
The beautiful cover graphic was done by renowned illustrator and designer Susanne Paschke from Berlin.
The compilation is available here here, including a bonus track by Namibian Superstar Lady May, and on most major platforms (iTunes, juno, finetunes, musicload, HMVdigital). Time to get in the mood for Soccer World Cup 2010!!