Interview with Habibi Funk in Tunis


[Music] [Applause] [Music] the idea behind the Habibi funk was kind of rooted in the fact that I came to Morocco I came to Tunisia with a lot of luck I found some records that I really liked and realized there’s a huge discrepancy between the interest music cost when when I did some mixes on Soundcloud and everything and on the other side the non availability the lack of information about the artists so the idea behind the label is largely just about putting out music that has been largely forgotten about or that maybe it’s not forgotten about but only known in one particular country everything else is much appreciated by product but the label itself did not start as a political statement I mean it has political implications I guess but that is essentially it’s a music table active [Music] just started doing these mixes I always felt like I and next mix is gonna be hard I’m running out of materials no there’s unlimited amounts of stuff especially once you start looking into cassette tapes the more artists you get to know like we just signed two records from a band from Morocco that we’re never released and they only kept the studio reels so the more artists you meet the more music you find no I don’t think it’s gonna come to an end anytime soon and we released music it’s not about just releasing music but it’s given it’s about giving like historical context having photo material so all of this work is so time intense that I don’t think we’ll ever managed to do more than four releases a year and at this point we already have I think ten more albums already signed so no no we’re definitely keep on going for a couple of years for us the motivation behind the project is not really making money to begin with I mean in the amount of time it takes us to do one have you found released we could do three albums on the other label I run that would most likely make more money so so as long as people are interested we will keep on releasing music and I’m not worried I’m out of here [Music] even in the smallest places where you come the closest to thinking are maybe I’ve I know about most of it do you realize [Music] all of the music we work with this kind of at least 2530 years old and even this music is very nice and does not reflect what was mainstream successful music victims are in to the biggest part so I had this conversation was foul see the the Benjy de from from Dada and I think like the soul brother track that I put on SoundCloud is that like maybe two hundred thousand clicks and he said there was the only song he ever sang on so he said if he would have known how popular is saying whatever become he would have kept on saying not yet I guess you didn’t anticipate that this would ever happen me neither the privileges of what we are doing is that the interest in the region the music is coming from is kind of big I mean I think that there’s obviously numerous racial labels that interested release interesting music but I think it’s very few times the case these labels have a listen description in Regent’s that the music is coming from you can see like someone like Padula from morocco the guy who did like heavily inspired by it by James Brown I’m pretty sure he’s more known in Morocco than he ever was while he was still alive so kind of often the reaction from people fairly similar it’s like yeah you hear like I didn’t know this music existed and I hear this from someone who’s from Casablanca [Music] [Music]