Mediterraneo Blues by Iain Chambers was published by Tamu Edizioni in December 2020. It’s a book about “music, postcolonial melancholy and maritime thoughts”.
The Mediterranean blues is rap, electronic, raï, rebetiko and trap, and is the soundtrack in the metropolis of the south of the world, from Cairo to Nairobi passing through Naples, where there is no distinction between authentic music and imported music.
The sounds do not respect national borders and carry with them the traces of the destruction and at the same time of the survival of European colonialism, because that history is inscribed in the languages and rhythms of today.
The cover, with an illustration by Giulia Rizzi, pairs Program (Emigre, 2013) by Zuzana Licko with Aja, drawn in the early 1980s by Gustav Jäger and published by Berthold.