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    Hisham Mayet – Oulaya’s Wedding Screening + Talk

    May 23rd, 2019

    Bread & Salt
    San Diego, California
    February 3, 2019

    The crowd assembles for the screening of Oulaya’s Wedding.
    The crowd assembles for the screening of Oulaya’s Wedding.

    On February 3, 2019, Hisham Mayet from the international music label Sublime Frequencies graced So Cal with his presence once again for the first time in several years. On the program tonight was a screening of Oulaya’s Wedding, “an impressionistic account of love, family, gender roles and ecstatic music in the Sahara desert. It’s an intimate portrait of a family of wedding musicians, their court of extended friends and peripheral misfits, who are giving away their eldest daughter’s hand in marriage. The film portrays the emotional and logistical maelstrom of a Sahraoui wedding. Presented are candid and sincere accounts by the residents, hosts, guests and artists that make these weddings a foundation of Saharan culture in the city of Dakhla.

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    Sublime Frequencies at the Silent Movie Theatre

    May 16th, 2018

    Sublime Frequences at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 2013.
    Sublime Frequences at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 2013.

    Los Angeles, California
    August 6, 2013

    Sublime Frequencies is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations. Sublime Frequencies is focused on an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience inspired by music and culture, world travel, research, and the pioneering recording labels of the past including Ocora, Smithsonian Folkways, Ethnic Folkways, Lyrichord, Nonesuch Explorer, Musicaphone, Baronreiter, Unesco, Playasound, Musical Atlas, Chant Du Monde, B.A.M., Tangent and Topic.”

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    Sublime Frequencies Celebrates 100 Releases!

    October 31st, 2016

    Sublime Frequencies celebrates 100 releases.
    Sublime Frequencies celebrates 100 releases.

    Sublime Frequencies complete LP collection from SF 001 up to SF 102.
    Sublime Frequencies complete LP collection from SF 001 up to SF 102.

    Sometime back in the latter half of 2003, I was boning up on the latest weekly email list of new LP and CD releases from music distributor Forced Exposure, when I noticed that a new label called Sublime Frequencies was being launched by world travellers Alan Bishop and Sir Richard Bishop of my favorite ethno psych folk improv art damage spaghetti eastern throw-it-all-in-a-blender band of all time, the Sun City Girls. Along with label co-founder and fellow hardcore traveller Hisham Mayet, the Bishops began to disperse the massive amount of international music and video they had collected on their frequent trips around the world over the previous two decades. After reading the descriptions of the first batch of releases, I completely creamed my jeans! I had always wished I could dive into and look through / listen to the legendary and massive archives of other-continent goodness compiled by these guys, and finally the day had arrived. It was like a dream come true.

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