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 currently lives in Greece. He shoots, writes, and produces. His latest project is a series of three Kenyan guitar records and a film released in collaboration with Mississippi Records and Olvido Records. 

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.





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

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/