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30 seconds interview: Vodun

Original article from: http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/genres/rockindie/30-seconds-interview-vodun/

Ritualistic doom-metal merchants Vodun blend the mystique of West African indigenous faith with switched-on psych-rock.

The trio, comprised of formidable frontwoman Oya, plus cohorts Ogoun and The Marassa, have hit on an intoxicating sonic blend best experienced on their debut album Possession or better still, in the flesh.

With a deep affinity to planet earth, occultist trappings and bags of musical aggression, they’re redefining the notion of heavy for 2016.

We caught up with them ahead of their appearance at tomorrow’s (24 September) Afropunk Festival about Alexandra Palace, London, to lift the lid on their sound…

We first started making music because… 
It’s a compulsion and our passion.

We have been making music since…
As Vodun, we have been creating music since late 2012.

Our music is… 
Powerful. Rhythm laced with heart and soul.

You’ll like our music if you listen to…
Anything with an open mind.

Our favourite venue is…
The Lexington – it’s where we played our first ever sold out home town show in April!

Music is important because… 
Expression is important and community is important – music connects both of these.

Our biggest inspiration is…
A melting pot of genres and artists – it would be unfair to pick one. Animism and ancient religions with more respect for the Earth and its inhabitants feature highly too.

Our dream collaboration would be…
With a West African tribe conducting a drum circle.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Mawu.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Creating in some other way.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
Hopefully on a better planet.

http://www.vodunband.com/

Upcoming live dates:
September
24 – Afropunk Festival, London

December – Uncle Acid Tour
8 – The Rainbow, Birmingham
9 – The Brudenel Social, Leeds
10 – Arts Club, lLiverpool
11 – Arts Centre, Norwich
13 – The Haunt, Brighton
14 – Engine Rooms, Southampton
15 – The Globe, Cardiff
16 – The Bullingdon, Oxford

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