We are proud to present our new EP, Swiss dub Vol. 1 .
This EP is a collection of some of the finest dub music composed by Master Margherita . A Reflection of his personality through dub vibes, with ethnic elements fused with electronic sounds and real instruments....
This release includes collaborations with some of the best underground artists in switzerland , like Nya( the respected vocalist of Erik Trufazz) and ZonaSun...the great reggae band from Ticino.
Master Margherita :
￼Moreno Antognini is a musician based in Switzerland. Since 1988, he has been very active in the european music scene where his first steps were as a bass player in various Rock’n’Roll bands. In 1994 he started composing tracks which mixed and matched live instruments with all sorts of electronic "devices". this experimentation saw a change of musical direction for him into the world of "ambient" soundscapes. since then his talent has been appreciated in many styles, from french text songs, to experimental techno, via ethnic grooves and reggae.
In 2003, with trance dj - Gaspard, musician - Ajja S.F.Leu and artist - Tanina Munchkina, he took part in the creation of PEAK records (the first Swiss psychedelic trance label). Peak records is now one of the top underground labels, with over 15 releases...
Master Margherita has collaborated in all sorts of artistic creations where music is involved, including music for theatres, documentaries, fiction movies, labels, and many multimedia performances.
www.myspace.com/mastermargheritamusic www.margherita.podomatic.com www.mx3.ch/artist/master_margherita
Born in Switzerland in 1970. Spent a couple of years in the States during the 70's and 80's.
Discovered Linton Kwesi Johnson and Benjamin Zepheniah around 1982. Fell in love with dub.
Discovered the old school hip hop artists, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Run DMC around 1983.
Got busy with a pad and pen. Made the Nazarite vow, let my locks and beard grow, became a vegetarian.
Moved to Lausanne in 1990. Studied political science.
Co-founded a hardcore funk rap combo called Real Audio Warfare in 1991. Co-founded Silent Majority with jazz pianist and sampling wizard Pierre Audétat and rapper Ndagijé (aka Dynamike). SM was joined by Marcello Giuliani on bass, Christophe Calpini on drums, DJ Goo and Erik Truffaz on trumpet. Put out 2 albums and an EP between 1993 and 1998. Played gigs in Europe and the States. Mc'd for the Galaktic Sound Lab once a month at legendary Blue Note club in London from 1997 to 1998.
Hooked up with Erik Truffaz to do a couple a tracks on his albums "The Dawn" in 1996 and "Bending New Corners" in 1998. Toured with Erik all over the world from 1996 to 2002. Worked with Patrick Muller Escape, Goo, Mobile In Motion and on music projects of movie maker Siegfried.
Started programming my own beats in 1999. First gig (with Pierre Audיtat) playing my own tracks in 2001. Playing on a more or less regular basis with Erik Truffaz and Brink Man Ship in 2006.
In 2003, beginning as a duo, starts the ZonaSun project. The lyrics, partially written in Italian and partially in English, go with reggae/ragga riddims created with samplers and sequencers. However, the final aim of the project has always been that of creating a tight-knit cheery band that could be musically complete and could give to the songs that certain vital energy that usually streams from live played instruments. That’s how, in 2004, ZonaSun becomes an effective reggae band, and today it is based on seven people. Lead voice, back vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, flute and electronic sound effects are the ingredients that contribute to create the typical sound of ZonaSun.
Drawing on the roots of the genre as well as on the surrounding atmosphere, ZonaSun plays a roots and, at the same time, modern kind of reggae, with a special care to melody and experimentation. The vibe is most of all sunny (which fully mirrors the name of the band) but also expressive and dragging.
In 2006 the group participated to the final round of the “European Raggae Contest” at Rototom Sun Splash festival and in 2008, the crowd and the professional jury of “Palco ai giovani” contest in Lugano have honoured ZonaSun with the first place.
In may 2008, ZonaSun also released his first album called “Subliminal Love” and Rete Tre (Swiss State Radio) is already broadcasting 2 of the 10 songs of the album: “Sail” and “Mr. President”. “Subliminal Love” marks an important step in the growth of ZonaSun that does not only conclude a period of intense production, but will rather cast the band into a hopefully bright future