Lidio

LIDIO is a record label dedicated to releasing music from artists, musicians and composers experiencing censorship, threats or persecution due to their musical activities.

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Lidio is the not so known middle name of Victor Jara (Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez), the iconic Chilean artist and activist who inspired the Chilean political upraise through the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement. He was arrested, tortured and killed shortly after the Chilean coup 11. September 1973. This label is a tribute to Victor Jara and all artistic freedom fighters. LIDIO is a sub label to Grappa Musikkforlag AS, the number one leading independent record company in Norway.

LIDIO will draw inspiration from and show respect to the great work of artists around the globe suffering from the lack of artistic freedom – and show the potential in the art of these artists.

Cris Gera - Music In Me

06/12/2019

December 6th 2019 Cris Gera teamed up with LIDIO to release his new album Nziyo Dziri Mandiri (Music In Me). This afro-pop delight continues to reveal Cris Gera’s passion for social justice & for questions that affects people’s daily life.

His music is reflective of his surroundings and everyday life in his home country of Zimbabwe. The album was recorded in South Africa in 2016. The same year Cris infuriated government supporters with the song Chema Zimbabwe - portraying some of the social and economic issues facing his country. Harassment and death threats forced Cris to take refuge in South Africa, later traveling as an ICORN musician to live and work as an artist in residence in Sweden.

Cris Gera brings up a lot of dark issues in his music, relevant, important ones. It makes you think, but through his vision and his sound, through the music in him, we move towards the light.
Gera never saw his song as political, but rather as a grieving of the current state of affairs in his country. He says that he is not a revolutionary, but writes music to the people and his children, about life in Zimbabwe.

Credits

Cris Gera: lead vocals
Admire Gatsi: keys and synthesizer
Justin Makweche: keys and synthesizer (Mangwanani, Believe)
Patrick Sita: guitar
Simon Dabi: guitar (Kundinunura)
Praise Nyandimu: backing vocals
Itumeleng Sekhoto: vocals (Mangwanani Sanibonani)
Engineer: Terence Morgan
Master: Audun Strype
Producer: Terence Morgan
Co – producer: Cris Gera

All songs composed and arranged by Cris Gera
Recorded at BlueBlack Productions, Kempton Park, South Africa

Cris Gera - Music In Me

06/12/2019

December 6th 2019 Cris Gera teamed up with LIDIO to release his new album Nziyo Dziri Mandiri (Music In Me). This afro-pop delight continues to reveal Cris Gera’s passion for social justice & for questions that affects people’s daily life.

His music is reflective of his surroundings and everyday life in his home country of Zimbabwe. The album was recorded in South Africa in 2016. The same year Cris infuriated government supporters with the song Chema Zimbabwe - portraying some of the social and economic issues facing his country. Harassment and death threats forced Cris to take refuge in South Africa, later traveling as an ICORN musician to live and work as an artist in residence in Sweden.

Cris Gera brings up a lot of dark issues in his music, relevant, important ones. It makes you think, but through his vision and his sound, through the music in him, we move towards the light.
Gera never saw his song as political, but rather as a grieving of the current state of affairs in his country. He says that he is not a revolutionary, but writes music to the people and his children, about life in Zimbabwe.

Credits

Cris Gera: lead vocals
Admire Gatsi: keys and synthesizer
Justin Makweche: keys and synthesizer (Mangwanani, Believe)
Patrick Sita: guitar
Simon Dabi: guitar (Kundinunura)
Praise Nyandimu: backing vocals
Itumeleng Sekhoto: vocals (Mangwanani Sanibonani)
Engineer: Terence Morgan
Master: Audun Strype
Producer: Terence Morgan
Co – producer: Cris Gera

All songs composed and arranged by Cris Gera
Recorded at BlueBlack Productions, Kempton Park, South Africa

Abazar Hamid - We Need Peace

01/02/2019

Sudanese artist Abazar Hamid teamed up with world-class guitarist Knut Reiersrud, who also produced the record and plays guitar on all five tracks. Abazar Hamid was the first safe haven guest artist in the city of Harstad, Norway. When he now releases a collection of songs about peace and freedom – it is the same songs that forced him to flee his country in the first place. Some of them written during his very last days in Sudan. He calls them "a last call for the Sudanese to reconsolidate and make peace instead of war in the country". The result is a unique, modern sounding Sudanese blues, driven by Hamids warm tone and Reiersruds exceptional guitar.

Credits

Abazar Hamid: vocal, guitar
Knut Reiersrud: guitars, dobro
Kenneth Hammer: keyboards
Åsmund Wilter Eriksson: bass
Geir Akselsen: drums

Abazar Hamid - We Need Peace

01/02/2019

Sudanese artist Abazar Hamid teamed up with world-class guitarist Knut Reiersrud, who also produced the record and plays guitar on all five tracks. Abazar Hamid was the first safe haven guest artist in the city of Harstad, Norway. When he now releases a collection of songs about peace and freedom – it is the same songs that forced him to flee his country in the first place. Some of them written during his very last days in Sudan. He calls them "a last call for the Sudanese to reconsolidate and make peace instead of war in the country". The result is a unique, modern sounding Sudanese blues, driven by Hamids warm tone and Reiersruds exceptional guitar.

Credits

Abazar Hamid: vocal, guitar
Knut Reiersrud: guitars, dobro
Kenneth Hammer: keyboards
Åsmund Wilter Eriksson: bass
Geir Akselsen: drums

Cris Gera - I Moved On (Single)

02/14/2020

Taking a step into the modern pop scene, Cris Gera follows up last year’s politically significant album "Music In Me" with the single "I Moved On". Cris continues to create uplifting melodies, while telling a hopeful story of love and what comes after.

Credits

Cris Gera: vocals and mbira
Johan Pettersson: drums
William Nordlund : guitar
Jesper Rangemo: bass
Viktor Fagerlund: keys
Engineer and producer: Viktor Fagerlund
Mixing and mastering: Gustav Afsahi

Music and lyrics: Cris Gera
Recorded at Dalbackavägen Musik & Produktion
Funded and supported by BD POP and LIDIO/Safemuse

Cris Gera - I Moved On (Single)

02/14/2020

Taking a step into the modern pop scene, Cris Gera follows up last year’s politically significant album "Music In Me" with the single "I Moved On". Cris continues to create uplifting melodies, while telling a hopeful story of love and what comes after.

Credits

Cris Gera: vocals and mbira
Johan Pettersson: drums
William Nordlund : guitar
Jesper Rangemo: bass
Viktor Fagerlund: keys
Engineer and producer: Viktor Fagerlund
Mixing and mastering: Gustav Afsahi

Music and lyrics: Cris Gera
Recorded at Dalbackavägen Musik & Produktion
Funded and supported by BD POP and LIDIO/Safemuse

Farzane Zamen - Z Bent

“This is an expression of my experience of years and years of discrimination against women, the humiliation, the abuse, the violence. All these women hidden under the darkness of holy black clothes are human beings but being used as symbols of religious ideology. We want to be free. We keep repeating: Freedom, Freedom, such a luxury word!” – Farzane Zamen

Z Bent, Farzane Zamen’s EP, incorporates elements of electronic music and Middle Eastern sounds - including Arabic strings, oud and darbuka. Farzane sings in English, while Habiba Makhlouf provides the Arabic and French lyrics. Farzane chose not to pen the songs in her native language of Farsi, explaining: “The concept is that women are suffering from the same problems in many Muslim communities, so I thought it’s better to be multilingual and understandable for more people”. With Z Bent, Farzane hopes to give voice to Middle Eastern women from diverse backgrounds and reveal paradoxes about perception and reality. Z Bent is created by Farzane in collaboration with Glasgow-based musician Gavin Thompson, sound engineer Sam Smith, and Egyptian performer and singer Habiba Makhlouf.

Credits:

Farzane Zamen

Farzane Zamen - Z Bent

“This is an expression of my experience of years and years of discrimination against women, the humiliation, the abuse, the violence. All these women hidden under the darkness of holy black clothes are human beings but being used as symbols of religious ideology. We want to be free. We keep repeating: Freedom, Freedom, such a luxury word!” – Farzane Zamen

Z Bent, Farzane Zamen’s EP, incorporates elements of electronic music and Middle Eastern sounds - including Arabic strings, oud and darbuka. Farzane sings in English, while Habiba Makhlouf provides the Arabic and French lyrics. Farzane chose not to pen the songs in her native language of Farsi, explaining: “The concept is that women are suffering from the same problems in many Muslim communities, so I thought it’s better to be multilingual and understandable for more people”. With Z Bent, Farzane hopes to give voice to Middle Eastern women from diverse backgrounds and reveal paradoxes about perception and reality. Z Bent is created by Farzane in collaboration with Glasgow-based musician Gavin Thompson, sound engineer Sam Smith, and Egyptian performer and singer Habiba Makhlouf.

Credits:

Farzane Zamen

Hamid Sakhizada - Dai Raft

11/01/2019

With life at stake, Afghan musician Hamid Sakhizada highlights his tradition - the unique Hazara music.
Hamid Sakhizada’s release Dai Raft tells the story of ancient instruments and of traditions about to be forgotten. It is songs about love, happiness, and sorrow – traditional melodies from different parts of the Hazara community, as well as Hamid’s own compositions. The highly regarded musician from Afghanistan has an all-consuming passion for Hazara traditional music and the two-stringed, long-necked lute known in Afghanistan as dambura. Joining him is an impressive group of musicians, each adding their own interpretation and tradition to the mix: Norwegian/Indian violinist and composer Harpreet Bansal, Norwegian percussionist Birger Mistereggen and Iranian percussionist Kaveh Mahmudiyan. For many years, the Hazara people saw their culture and art being mocked and suppressed, causing their music to slowly fade away. This album is an attempt to bring old traditions alive through new collaborations, interpretations and expressions With help from an all-star team of musicians, Afghan dambura virtuous Hamid Sakhizada brings the Hazara tradition into the 21st century.

About the album title

Dai refers to a social structure unit of Hazara people. Each Dai is a smaller unit of social structure and a subculture. A literal translation of Dai is to come together, and historically it originates from the era when residents of that specific region were transitioning from hunting and nomadism to the era of farming and community. Raft means forms or styles of singing Hazara music and was the expression the Dais used themselves. Together the two words describe the rich variety of styles that the Dai used to play.

Credits:

Hamid Sakhizada: vocals and dambura
Harpreet Bansal: violin
Birger Mistereggen: jew’s harp and rope tensioned drum, percussion
Kaveh Mahmudiyan: tombak, daf and bandir
Producer: Bjørn Andor Drage
Sound technician and mix: Fridtjof Lindeman
Mastering engineer: Audun Strype
Music and lyrics: Hamid Sakhizada/trad.
Recorded at Riksscenen - the Norwegian Hub for Traditional Music and Dance
Supported by Fond for utøvende kunstnere, the Norwegian Arts Council and CREO's Vederlagsfond
Special thanks to CREO and The Norwegian Society of Composers

Hamid Sakhizada - Dai Raft

11/01/2019

With life at stake, Afghan musician Hamid Sakhizada highlights his tradition - the unique Hazara music.
Hamid Sakhizada’s release Dai Raft tells the story of ancient instruments and of traditions about to be forgotten. It is songs about love, happiness, and sorrow – traditional melodies from different parts of the Hazara community, as well as Hamid’s own compositions. The highly regarded musician from Afghanistan has an all-consuming passion for Hazara traditional music and the two-stringed, long-necked lute known in Afghanistan as dambura. Joining him is an impressive group of musicians, each adding their own interpretation and tradition to the mix: Norwegian/Indian violinist and composer Harpreet Bansal, Norwegian percussionist Birger Mistereggen and Iranian percussionist Kaveh Mahmudiyan. For many years, the Hazara people saw their culture and art being mocked and suppressed, causing their music to slowly fade away. This album is an attempt to bring old traditions alive through new collaborations, interpretations and expressions With help from an all-star team of musicians, Afghan dambura virtuous Hamid Sakhizada brings the Hazara tradition into the 21st century.

About the album title

Dai refers to a social structure unit of Hazara people. Each Dai is a smaller unit of social structure and a subculture. A literal translation of Dai is to come together, and historically it originates from the era when residents of that specific region were transitioning from hunting and nomadism to the era of farming and community. Raft means forms or styles of singing Hazara music and was the expression the Dais used themselves. Together the two words describe the rich variety of styles that the Dai used to play.

Credits:

Hamid Sakhizada: vocals and dambura
Harpreet Bansal: violin
Birger Mistereggen: jew’s harp and rope tensioned drum, percussion
Kaveh Mahmudiyan: tombak, daf and bandir
Producer: Bjørn Andor Drage
Sound technician and mix: Fridtjof Lindeman
Mastering engineer: Audun Strype
Music and lyrics: Hamid Sakhizada/trad.
Recorded at Riksscenen - the Norwegian Hub for Traditional Music and Dance
Supported by Fond for utøvende kunstnere, the Norwegian Arts Council and CREO's Vederlagsfond
Special thanks to CREO and The Norwegian Society of Composers

Mai Khôi - Dissent (Live at Phù sa Lab)

03/03/2018

“This album was recorded live between 2016 and 2017 during secret performances at Phusa Lab. The resulting work bears the euphoria, courage, failures and threats which characterized this time. As such, it forms the soundtrack to an awakening, replete with heroes, villains, reversals and uneasy resolutions. And it is this awakening, now, that we continue to awaken from." - Mai Khoi, 10 February 2018, Hanoi

Credits:

Mai Khoi: singer, guitar, goong
Quyen Thien Dac: saxophones
Nguyen Duc Minh: traditonal flute, percussion

Mai Khôi - Dissent (Live at Phù sa Lab)

03/03/2018

“This album was recorded live between 2016 and 2017 during secret performances at Phusa Lab. The resulting work bears the euphoria, courage, failures and threats which characterized this time. As such, it forms the soundtrack to an awakening, replete with heroes, villains, reversals and uneasy resolutions. And it is this awakening, now, that we continue to awaken from." - Mai Khoi, 10 February 2018, Hanoi

Credits:

Mai Khoi: singer, guitar, goong
Quyen Thien Dac: saxophones
Nguyen Duc Minh: traditonal flute, percussion