Summer schedules are traditionally chock-a-block with weekends at the beach, DJ sessions and open-air cinema nights. Recently we have had to make room for a few music festivals and one of these will start on Tuesday – World Music Day – in Limassol and promises to start the season of musical festivals with a bang.
The eleventh open air Rialto World Music Festival celebrating international music and developing a culture of tolerance and acceptance in a multicultural world, is set to fill our summer nights with a variety of beats.
The festival will kick-off at Heroes Square with a performance by local band Monsieur Doumani and the teenage band Drumble Beats.
Monsieur Doumani was formed in 2011 in Nicosia by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments). Although each member of Monsieur Doumani comes from a different musical background all three are influenced by Cypriot folklore on various levels.
The boys have taken their show on the road, and have given live performances in festivals and venues across Europe, and are set to spread their wings once again this year to the UK, Spain, Poland and Germany.
Their very unique sound has been well-received by diverse audiences and their music has been presented on radio stations around the globe, such as BBC, NPR, Radio France, Sveriges Radio, and PBS FM Melbourne.
The band has released two albums, Grippy Grappa and Sikoses. Both albums portray the band members’ focus on rearranging Cypriot traditional songs while also adding their own particular twist. The second steps more outside the box to bring in influences from folk law from Italy, Norway and the Balkans. They also compose their own songs in the Cypriot dialect, which are inspired by contemporary Cypriot society.
Perhaps because of their inclusion of so many influences from different cultures, or because of their ability to marry their own national identity with so many others, the world music scene has taken notice of these three musicians as their first album was named Top of the World album in the British magazine Songlines and the band was also nominated for Best Newcomer in the Songlines Music Awards in 2014.
Joining the very successful band will be the teenage group Drumble Beats. The group came together in 2013 and has been led by the German drummer Roger Heinrich ever since.
They combine conventional drums and percussion with experimental instruments. Pots mix with drums, African djemble, typewritters, cans and electronic samples creating a unique musical blend performing rock covers of Latin influences, as well as their own.
They have performed in several concerts and festivals in Cyprus and Germany. They bring to the stage a blast of energy and a fresh sound that won’t have you sitting down for long.
The band members who will perform on the night are Odysseas Vlamis, Angelos Vlammis, Kassandra Hellicar and Yolanda Hellicar.
Monsieur Doumani and Drumble Beats
Live performance by the local bands for the opening of the Rialto World Music Festival. June 21. Heroes Square, Limassol. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 77-777745