Multidisciplinary artist Rabih Beaini talks to The Attic during CTM festival in Berlin.
Outernational is a relatively new term used in musicology and it refers to contemporary musical genres particular to peripheral cultures that do not identify with western norms. Outernational is situated at the opposite end of International; it works with its own unique ways of making itself popular, not through mass-media, like international music, but rather by being discovered and brought to light by passionate people. It is a global phenomenon, although it draws from cultural and geographical peripheries from Central Asia, East Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, including Romania.
The Outernational movement is characterized first and foremost by diversity, most of the bands drawing heavily from the traditional music and the cultural heritage of the area in which they activate. Outernational is not defined as a stand-alone genre but rather as a global trend to discover human values that are specific to some communities and that are meaningful to others as well. At the same time, Outernational is not stylistically defined: at the micro level, it could range from jazz to funk, to turbofolk, psychedelic progressive rock, to disco, to free-improv, electronica, so it has a potential to activate a wide audience with different taste in music, different social layers and different age.
Many musicians nowadays try to get back to the roots, to find the primary functions of music, to set it free from the dogma, to revive the feeling of belonging to an authentic culture, and to pin down cues in this quest. Music is a key element in finding these values.
3 days and nights of concerts, DJ sets, workshops, performances, panel discussions and lectures.
The first edition of Outernational Days aims at providing a fresh, contemporary perspective on the anthropology of Outernational music and to open the road to a wide-ranging society through the benefits of music. Outernational is an emergent cultural movement that gathers proportions on a global scale and in Europe respectively but alas is not widely known in Romania. The project was born out of a cultural need of exploring a very wide musical specter, to which the Romanian audience lacked access until now. Except for the Outernational concert series initiated in partnership with Control Club, and few punctual events, the artists have no means to reach the public otherwise.
Initially, The Attic editorial team proposed a list of approximately 15 bands and 10 musical curators, musicologists and documentarians. We attempted to choose musicians that come as close to the specific, authentic sound of the geographical space to which they belong, spaces which is other than an European one, as in Europe, the cultural globalization process works well enough for the audience to easily reach the already existing cultural products on the market. We chose geographical areas that represent Africa (Northern Africa, Congo and Burkina Faso), Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon) and Europe (Germany, UK, Belgium, Austria, France and Romania). Moreover, a significant part in composing the artistic program was the introduction of curatorial activities that will bring further information to the Outernational concept.