TAL is a new record label based in Düsseldorf, Germany. It was launched in early 2016 by electronic musician and producer Stefan Schneider. Right at the very beginning TAL will put its focus on productions of contemporary traditional folk music from Kenya. Since 2011 Stefan Schneider and fellow musican Sven Kacirek have made several visits to the east african country to record diverse styles of music in various parts of the country. Quite recently Schneider and Kacirek have returnd a number of times to the rural villages of Siaya County, near Lake Victoria, to record the musical manifestations of Luo communities. The second album of Luo singer Ogoya Nengo And The Dodo Womens Group (her debut album „Rang’ala“ Honest Jon’s 2014, was also produced by Schneider and Kacirek) will be the first release on TAL in june 2016.
Yet, the programme of TAL is not confined to music from certain geographical regions. TAL is looking forward to present a wide topography of unique music styles. Within the following two years there will be releases of electronic music from Japan, sinustone compositions from the 1960’s, reissues from the Post Punk years, or african music from Venzuela. It certainly it would be an achievement if in a few years the catalogue of TAL would sound as diverse, bright and enjoyable as a John Peel radio show. Beyond it’s international approach towards releasing music, TAL will also create spaces for collaborations with designers, artists, ethnologists or writers in order to patiently contribute to contemporary life.