Ara-u started making music in the late 90s, a key figure in bringing rave culture to Venezuela. He has since been based in the UK for over two decades.
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As well as uniting exiled artists, the aim of ‘The Exiled’ is to raise money for their local community in Venezuela. All proceeds from the release will be donated to Santa Cruz De Mara, which supports the elderly community living in poverty by providing accommodation and food.
Speaking on the release, Ara-u says, “I’ve seen all of these kids growing up ever since they used to come to our raves and they all started making electronic music. When I say kids, I mean they are my little brother’s age, Dagga, apart from Elektor, who used to DJ a lot at our parties. They all started to do really well, I’m really proud of all of them as they have developed musically in foreign countries in different music scenes after leaving Venezuela caused by economical and political reasons. We were all born in my city Maracaibo.”
Preorder ‘The Exiled’ here, and listen to Manao and Elektor’s track ‘Not Afraid’ below.
Jemima Skala is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor. Follow her on Twitter
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