The Global Local - World of Voices
The Global Local was one of the many aliases of Henri van Zanten, an intriguing figure in the Dutch underground, whom I am glad to have met several times when he was still on this planet. This “omni-artist” (as he called himself) was all over the place, especially in Rotterdam, as actor, theater maker, publisher, musician, singer, rapper, performer, you name it. He was born in Rotterdam, but spent a large part of his youth in Canada and South Africa. He studied Slavic linguistics under professor Karel van het Reve. He died, in Berlin, in May 2020. His absurdist humour and originality is still alive in the records he released. Like this album with vocal improvisations, recorded in 1994.