Mix the City is an online platform that invites people all around the world to discover the sights and sounds of a different region and create their own mix. Users anywhere in the world can take part and you don’t need to be a musician yourself to use Mix The City – select the musicians you want to hear and watch your creation come to life, on mobile, tablet or computer.
Mix The City, Tel Aviv
Co-comissioned by the British Council and The Space, YouTube artist Kutiman launched the first Mix The City project in Tel Aviv in 2015, allowing users to create a mix from a set of 12 filmed tracks performed by musicians living in the city.
Mix The City, from Istanbul to Harare
Since the original Mix The City in Tel Aviv, the platform has moved on to new cities and, in 2016, two versions of Mix The Play were produced along similar lines, but this time inviting you to choose the actors, setting and music for virtual productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet.
Numerous UK musicians and composers have got involved with Mix The City and Mix The Play over the last few years (collaborations with UK artists shown below). Now you can get involved and create your own mix today!
- Mix The City, Istanbul
- Mix The City, The Balkans (Ghostpoet)
- Mix The City, Moscow (2 Bears)
- Mix The Play, A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Doyle, aka East India Youth)
- Mix The City, Manheim
- Mix The City, Hamburg
- Mix The Play, Romeo and Juliet (Simon Baker)
- Mix The City, Mumbai (Django Django)
- Mix The City, Delhi (Boxed In)
- Mix The City, Kolkata
- Mix The City, Harare (Boxed In)
"I realised that despite the language barrier ... we all think the same, we all want to make good music and be creative."
Mix the City, Harare
We’re delighted that UK music producer Oli Bayston, better known as Boxed In, has joined up with the British Council for Mix The City, Harare. Earlier in the year, he travelled to Zimbabwe to record 12 local musicians. Now you can meet them all, hear their music and create your own mix from their sounds. You’ll discover Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, legendary co-founder of the regional band ‘Mahube’ who is known by his many fans as Tuku; polyrhythmic percussionist Douglas Vambe, famous for the drum beat that has announced national news bulletins since 1962; dancehall artist Soul Jah Love; Afro-beat superstars Jah Prayzah and Ammara Brown; Josh Meck, one of Zimbabwe's most high profile Afro-jazz musicians; DJ Ray Dizz who has showcased his work at Ministry of Sound (London), Harare International Festival of the Arts and DJ Mag (Las Vegas); and Othnell ‘Mangoma’ Moyo, an ethnomusicologist and craftsman who builds the majority of the instruments he uses. Also featured are the ever energetic Blessing Chimanga, DJ Smyliy, the Prince Edward School and the renowned apostolic choral group Vabati va Jehova.
The musicians were recorded in iconic locations across the city including the Lion and Cheetah Park, the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare International Airport, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Joina City Mall – the biggest shopping mall in Zimbabwe – Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, JP Studios, Prince Edward School Chapel, the colourful Mbare Flats, Julius Nyerere Footbridge and the legendary Dr Oliver Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre.
Read the stories behind Mix The City
- Read our interview with William Doyle, composer for Mix The Play, A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Read about Selector PRO 2016 where 2 Bears launched Mix The City, Moscow