The 19th edition of Skaņu Mežs festival for innovative music took place on October 9 and 10 at concert hall Hanzas Perons (16a Hanzas street) with a free-entry opening event on October 2 at event space Fantadroms (74a Gustava Zemgala street, building „Heinrihs”).
Skaņu Mežs’ activities, devoted to the project REMAIIN, took place on October 9 – Kenyan experimental music duo Duma were interviewed by renown Russian music journalist Artemy Troitsky, and played a live show at the same venue sevela hours later.
Link to photo report: https://www.remaiin.eu/2021/10/photo-report-remaiin-at-skanu-mezs2021/
Duma a.k.a. Martin Khanja (aka Lord Spike Heart) and Sam Karugu emerge from Nairobi’s flourishing underground metal scene as former members of the bands Lust of a Dying Breed and Seeds of Datura. Together in 2019 they formed Duma (Darkness in kikuyu) with Sam abandoning bass for production and guitars and Lord Spike Heart providing extreme vocals to the project.
Artemy Kivovich Troitsky is a Russian journalist, music critic, concert promoter, radio host, and academic who has lectured on music journalism at Moscow State University. He was born in Yaroslavl, then in the Soviet Union. In 1988, he was described in The New York Times as “the leading Soviet rock critic.”
In 1986, Troitsky was one of the organizers of the “Account No. 904” rock concert, modeled on Live Aid, to raise funds for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster, the first such concert in the Soviet Union.