Multi-Grammyites, the Jamaican duo Sly & Robbie has reshaped the face of the Jamaican indigenous reggae and dub music several time over after their initial international breakthrough with Mighty Diamonds' 1976 debut album «Right Time». As pioneers in the use of computer assistance, they have developed an innovative new sound that exploits a variety of genres and sound styles, far beyond their genesis in the early reggae of Kingston, Jamaica. The duo has collaborated with internationally renowned artists as wide apart as Bob Dylan, Sting, Serge Gainsbourg, Gilberto Gil, and Madonna.
Trumpeter virtuoso Nils Petter Molvær emerged on the international jazz scene with the path-breaking ECM release «Khmer» recorded in 1996. Ten years earlier he established himself as a major new jazz trumpet talent in Scandinavia, as a member of the Norwegian supergroup Masqualero, under the leadership of world-leading bassist Arild Andersen. With «Khmer» and «Solid Ether», also on ECM, he was recognized as an important voice in the emerging genre that was dubbed nu jazz. With his bands, his concerts inspired enthusiasm all over the world and renewed the intensity of the house and techno genres, while at the same time retaining the music's strong jazz heritage.