raw music international

A collective of writers, filmmakers, artists and photographers documenting underground music around the world

Cyrus Moussavi

Cyrus grew up between Iowa and Iran and lived in many other places. He shoots, writes, and produces. His latest projects are a series of films with the great Lonnie Holley, an archival project of music from Burkina Faso, and a film about the blind traveling Kenyan guitarist Olima Anditi. 


jacob russell 

Jacob Russell is a photographer, videographer and writer based in Beirut. Having also lived in Iraqi Kurdistan, he has focused on the Middle East, but he has worked around the world covering stories as diverse as funerary rituals in Madagascar, Nazi trials in Germany and migration in Mongolia. Most recently he has been covering the ongoing conflict in Iraq and the operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State. His work has been published in major outlets in print, online and TV.


Brittany Nugent has produced a handful of independent documentaries on music and migration in Greece, Cambodia and Western Sahara. She holds a MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität Berlin, and is based in Chicago, IL.




D Gainz - Trinidad

D is a Chicago producer, musician, and music video director most famous for his work with Chief Keef and his own innovative production. He came and shot the Trinidad episode after we met in Chicago.


clara van miert - ukraine

Clara is an old friend from the Amsterdam days. She traveled to Ukraine to help with logistics, translation, and the massive cultural chasms that open when you drop a smiley American in war-fever Ukraine.


ozzy dan - kenya

Ozzy is a human of incredible talents -- dancer, singer, director, actor. He kept me alive in Kenya and taught me the ropes. He's out there somewhere, roaming and making dollars.


angela shoemaker - kenya

Angela is another friend from Amsterdam. An established international photographer, she was the first person crazy enough to agree to go on one of these trips with me. Here is her site: http://www.angelashoemaker.com/


Barry is a Chicago artist and poet. He serves as the Raw Music spirit guide, business guru, and unceasing fount of twisted inspiration.  His work can be found at www.barrylorberbaum.com