Ya Tosiba Asphalt Tango
Released: 9th June 2017
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Ya Tosiba are a young electronic music duo - Norwegian-Azerbaijani singer/programmer Zuzu Zakaria and Finnish skweee pioneer Tatu Metsätähti aka Mesak - that mix old street poetry traditions from Azerbaijan with underground electronic beats. Their sound is inspired by classical Arabic and Persian music, Scandinavian electronic traditions and hip hop - a raw blend of analogue synthesizers, DIY elements and unpolished sounds, heavy electronic beats mixed with traditional instruments and rounded off by Zuzu’s hypnotic vocals.
Their first album ‘Love Party’ is, in part, an audio documentation of historical conditions and marginalized people. It lends a voice to voiceless civilians from the street corners of suburban Baku in Azerbaijan. The language they use is a hybrid of Russian, modern Turkish and strong Baku dialects.