Sat: Savane / Sun: Rename

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 5.06.57 PMJoin us for ECK IM SAVANE at Promenaden Eck on Saturday night for a special night of Cosmik Grooves from the Motherland and beyond. The collectiv Tropical Timewarpwith BestMate? and Bela Patrutzi will heat things up with their impressiv vinyl collection and will give service with an Afro beat – Afro funk mix then Léon Leon from FINOW ZOO and dj zhao will take us deep into the night with their multi-dimensional drum science.

8:00pm – 5:00am
Promenadeneck Schillerpromenade 11, 12049 Berlin, Germany

Mstr.RenameAnd on Sunday, we come together for Umbenennungsfestival (renaming festival),on the block where the infamous Berlin Conference of 1884 took place, to enjoy the afternoon and agitate for refugee rights, against Pegida, and the changing of the historic “Mohrenstr.” (N***er Street) to “Nelson Mandela Strasse”. There will be many speakers and artists, and like last time i will contribute with a dj set and a talk on Culture as a Global Process and Dismantling Eurocentricity.

2:00pm – 8:00pm
mohrenstr, berlin 10117 Berlin, Germany

First meme ever / Autumn in Uganda


So that’s the first meme i’ve ever made, hope it goes “viral” :)  What do you think?  GF thinks it’s too “polarizing”, but i think it’s kind of a necessary illustration of the false dichotomy.

Also, for the entirety of the month of October I will be touring in East Africa:  mostly Kampala and Nairobi, playing at festivals and clubs, and working with local musicians. Super excited!!!


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Expanding the boundaries of club music, CLUBLAB explores borderless poly-rhythms and infinite bass, and investigates the fragmented soul of the polymorphous planetary underground.

in the Function-One equipped cave of our favorite Kreuz-Koln dive we swim in the most crucial vibes of today and tomorrow: Chicago, London, Joburg, Jersey, Luanda, Berlin.

Bass, Juke, Club, Jungle, Acid, House, Kuduro, Dub.


Words (Futurisms, Berlin)
dj zhao (NgomaSound, BeiJing)
Special Guests (Surprise)

Friday // July 24 // 11:00pm
Normal Bar // Forsterstrasse 46, 10999 Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

FREE before midnight

Working Links / Afro House Xperience / Fusion Photos

Big thanks to all who have generously donated toward getting the Soundcloud back up, but i will need a bit more time…  Soon hopefully!  In the mean time, I’ve updated all the posts with working Mixcloud streaming and download links.  Let me know if i missed any!

This Friday is the AFRO HOUSE XPERIENCE! we will bring the freshest, funkiest electronic music from the Motherland! (I don’t even like calling it “house” because in terms of form most of it doesn’t actually have much to do with Chicago at all — much more polyrhythmic and groovetastische)AfroHaus

And Fusion was as epic freaky fun as ever!  (but this year seemed to feature even more music from the global south).  P1040959 1658263_10153027829528546_3259819137898563999_oP1040962P1040979R P1040994Q P1040972

Acid Machine Temple


I’ve always loved Acid. Not only due to the squelchy palette of the misused TB303 being, for reasons i can not articulate (related to liking the smell of petroleum??), so endlessly delicious, sexy, and addictive, but also because Acid House and Acid Techno, ever since the beginning, have always been more overtly and unabashedly polyrhythmic than their bigger stylistic cousins.

Acid Machine Temple by Djzhao on Mixcloud


The 303 lines often hit the spot in the 4/4 rhythmic pattern left missing in most other House and Techno, but which is a focus point in African House: the 3.5 or thereabouts. Add to that the basslines often emphatically replicating the Clave pattern (signature of Afro-Cuban music) and hyperkinetic snares flying everywhere, we have probably the most percussively rich genre of “Western” contemporary electronic music.

African music lovers, if you doubt what i am saying, just jump to minute 22:00 mark, and if in the next 15 minutes you are not convinced, all money back guaranteed.

Techno heads, let this mix remind you that techno and house are indirect but unquestionably descendants of ancient rhythmic traditions, drawing from the bottomless well of African sciences of the drums.

01 Etcher – Pelican Nebula (Afro Augmentation)
02 Kenneth Kirschner – 070798
03 Nax Acid – Flying Higher
04 Underground Resistance – Electronic Warfare (Oz Speaks)
05 Luigi Acid Machine – Improbable Concept
06 Versatile – Before The Interrogation
07 Photodementia – Synovium
08 Emmanuel Top – Foreigner
09 Redshape – Goom (Bonus Beats)
10 Emmanuel Top – The End
11 Innume – Right Down
12 Snuff Crew – Joy of Jealousy
13 Basic Soul Unit – Rhythm No.1 (Justin Longs Acid Peel Version)
14 Jack Murphy – 4MT
15 Willis Anne – The C Track
16 Matrixxman – Stop It
17 Levon Vincent – Love Technique
18 Sendex – Just Dance
19 Mantra – What Do You Call It
20 Hieroglyphic Being – Inconsistent Measure
21 Jared Wilson – Detroit Tracks 7.5 (Polykicks Edit)
22 Close – Beam Me Up (feat. Charlene Soraia) (Scuba Hercules and Love Affair Remix)
23 Syntheme – XWC
24 Snuff Crew – Control
25 Jerome Hill – Dustbin Acid
26 Swere – Swere
27 Cassegrain – Task (TM404 Remix)
28 Alien Rain – Alienated
29 Function – Psychic Warfare
30 Donato Dozzy & Say Dj – Titto Positivo
31 Function – Variance (Ch-Signal Laboratories Edit)
32 Eomac – Yóu Hún Ye Gui

NGOMA 21: دبكة — Syria For Ever


In Gaziantep, an old Turkish city on the Eastern and Southern Most part of the country, bordering Syria, i had the fortune of meeting 2 Syrian young men who were involved in the initial student and popular uprising, part of the so-called “Arab Spring”.  They were among the most charming, intelligent, funny and friendly guys i’ve ever met, and had become wanted men and refugees, one of them with a price on his head, hiding out in Turkey.  They told inspiring and harrowing stories of the spontaneous peaceful demonstrations against the oppressive Assad regime, how it kept going in the face of brutal repression by police and military.  And of how the government, in 2011, released thousands of jihadists from prison, while the revolutionary political prisoners stayed in captivity and continued to be tortured, in order to dilute the rebellion, to brand the opposition as extremists, and create a false choice for the population, of either government or fundamentalism.  Shortly after that, the US backed jihadist group known as ISIS or ISIL infiltrated, and the country has been steadily torn apart by violence, its infrastructure crippled, its glorious ancient cities destroyed, creating multiple and massive humanitarian nightmares.

In addition to first hand accounts of these events, one of these guys also gave me a collection of amazing contemporary Syrian Debkah, a modern dance music with ancient roots, very popular in many parts of the Middle East.


In these extremely trying times, and when news media coverage of the country is filled with nothing but tragedy, let us never forget the incredible cultural wealth of Syria, and the powerful, beautiful majesty of Syrian music.


The only exposure to Dabkah in the West in recent years has been Omar Suleyman, whose popularity might be due to the rough and simplistic aspects of his music being appealing to “alternative” music fans, or maybe it’s just luck.  In Syria he is considered an unimportant and low level musician, something like an ignorant redneck.  But he not only makes sub-standard Dabke (I’ve realized after listening to the music on this mix), but has also dedicated one of his songs to the Assad regime, and never once spoke or sang about the struggles of the Syrian people, living a wealthy life in Turkey.  Even though one of his tunes appeared in NGOMA 04, I will likely not be playing much of his music in the future.

Paris and Toulouse

Friday, June 12at 11:00pm – 6:00am
Le Malibv — 44 rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France

UMOJA (INI Movement / Piri Piri Music ; Amsterdam)

Around The World (Paris)

dj zhao ( NGOMA SOUND Berlin / Berlin)


June 14 – June 15 Jun 14 at 12:00pm to Jun 15 at 12:00am

Jardin Monplaisir 1 Bd Monplaisir, 31400 Toulouse, France
☀ Dimanche 14 juin – Midi-Minuit – Jardin Monplaisir (centre ville) ☀

ZHAO – [ALL / Berlin] – (Ngoma Sound)
RAFAEL ARAGON – [FRA / Paris] – (Caballito / Latino Resiste)
DJ NO BREAKFAST – [FRA / Tlse] – (Guachafita)
YEAHMAN! – [FRA / Tlse] – (Ghetto Sonido – Muundial Mix)

par le Collectif Volubile ( Ambre Caziers / Loren Coquillat / Pauline Lavergne / Cassandre

► FRESQUE ◄ / Agathe Thevenot & guests)

Bayreuth (DE) Sat. 30.05.2015

Mashup, an exhibition of artworks by contem- porary artists from Africa generated during the research and exhibition project Mashup the Archive at Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth, Germany.

It’s nice to get booked for the core of what i do. Will be playing alongside many very talented artists such as Miss Eve, Otieno Gomba, Délio Jasse, Raphael Kariuki, Nita., Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Simon Rittmeier, Kevo Stero, Pamela Sunstrum, and Uche Uzorka.

and last weekend Karnival was fun…



DeathcloudAs I’m sure many of you have noticed, 99% of my uploads on SoundCloud have been hidden.  This is because the price of an “unlimited account” has gone back up to 89 Euros a year, and i just can’t afford it at the moment.

It is bad timing as i have many finished mashups and edits i’ve been wanting to upload for quite some time, and was about to sit down and make time to do it. There are also several big big mixes coming soon, including Syrian Debkah, Classic Colombia, Acid Techno, and a beautiful Fusion 8.

If you would like access to all the older sounds again, and hear the new ones on SoundCloud which makes download possible, feel free to make a donation via the paypal button on the home page (top right), or just click HERE.

As soon as there is enough funds i will renew the subscription.  Thanks.

Aztek Digital


Pre-Hispanic indigenous rhythm roots, influence from African sciences of the drum, Shamanic sounds from atop the Peruvian mountains and deep in the Amazonian jungle… These describe parts of this new electronic music known loosely as Tribal Guarachero. This mix comprises of mostly music from Mexico, where the original sound was born, with some tracks from Central, South, and North America, and Europe.

01 David Amram & Friends – Andes Breeze
02 Malandro – Chmuk Aak’ab
03 Elias Deepman – Vabu the Cat (Alejandro Villanueva Remix)
04 Rafael Aragon – Selvadelica (Bounce)
05 Mexicans With Guns – Cool Arrow
06 Farrapo & Yanez ft. Botecoeletro- Oliveto (Thykier Remix)
07 French Fries – Laquisha Dub
08 Antae – Alma (Freddy Da Stupid Jungle Mix)
09 Mexico Caliente – Bloodshake
10 Systema Solar – Oye
11 Joe Arroyo – La Tortuga (Jose Marquez Edit)
12 Santos – San Cristóbal
13 The Peronists – Nazca Lines (final mix)
14 Stereo Revuelta – Organ of Love (Stereo Revuelta Refix)
15 Dj Javier Estrada – Afrimaye Kuduro
16 Estrellas Del Caribe – El Yoyo X Offshore – Mintla
17 Petrona Martinez – El Critica (Maga Bo Remix)
18 Lechuga Zafiro – Isla de Flores (Rafael Aragon Remix)
19 TrikoO Dj – Danza De Los Aztecas (Prehispanic Drums)
20 Bongo Laser – Ovniton
21 Goia Tterkreis & Steve Kasper – Pull Kali (Rooted Dub)
22 Nguzunguzu – El Bebe Ambiente
23 Dj Rogelio Huerta – Espiritu Mohana (Prehipanic Rescuers)
24 Dj Rogelio Huerta – Moctezuma Xocoyotzin
25 Mixer Javier Bernal – Ezpektro
26 Javier Estrada – Prehispanic Future
27 Javier Estrada -Samba Mi Negra
28 Alan Rosales – Arremangala
29 Sharps – Lagrimas y Historias
30 Dj Javier Estrada – I Want You
31 Dj Rescate – Relax Tranquilidad


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All over the Middle East rises new musical movements channelling the future into the roots of Arabic music. New genres emerge as electronic sounds meet distorted Arabic percussion, uplifting bass mix with hypnotic Debka synthesizers, hard hip hop confronts chopped belly dance samples, high pitched Mawal vocals over rough drum loops.

These movements live in the deep dark basements of Beirut and Ramallah, Rabat and Istanbul, and in the Arab diaspora all around Europe, with musicians discovering their homeland culture. A way to (re)discover cultural identity and create new identities, these movements also reflect social change, and the wish of young Arabs to integrate into western traditions and still keep the their unique culture, taking pride in their heritage but also pushing it beyond, into the future.

Arabic music is descent of distinct tribal cultures, from the Dvol drums of Kurdistan to the Berber music of Morocco, these forms travel through time and space, into oscillators and drums machines, creating bold new forms today – MIDEAST FUTURISM.

Presenting Sufi-Bass, Bedouin Noise, Berber-Tech, Electro-Chaabi, and Dabke-Club, MID EAST FUTURISM blurs the lines between East and West, acoustic and digital, tradition and innovation, weaving a hypnotic and hallucinatory tapestry of sound and rhythm.

This edition celebrates the first release of Rocky B’s project “The Tropikal Camel” on Folcore Recordings: “in Die Hafla”.

Friday 06 March 9:00pm – 5:00am
ACUD MACHT NEU — Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin, Germany

NGOMA in Switzerland

With Dj Marcelle zurich


Date: 19.02.2015
Location: Cafete (Reitschule Bern), Neubrückstrasse 8, 3012 Bern
Time: 22.30 Uhr

Afro-Tech, Future-Bass, Juke-Jungle, Tarraxinha, Zouk-Bass

Zum Chinesischen Neujahrsfest des Jahres der Ziege kommt DJ Zhao aus Berlin zu Besuch. Geboren in Beijing, heute zuhause in Berlin spielt er eine eklektrische Mischung aus polyrhythmischen Leckerbissen von jedem Kontinent. Time Tarracho sind die Schweizer Leader im frei interpretierten Zouk-Bass.

NG◎M▲ //// Y▲▲M

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Saturday, February 28 //// 11:00pm – 8:00am
YAAM //// An der Schillingbrücke/ Stralauer Platz, 10243 Berlin, Germany
facebook // residentadvisor

NG◎M▲ is a new poly-rhythmic consciousness connecting the underground: Luanda, New Jersey, Jo’burg, London, Nairobi, Chicago, Kinshasa, Paris, and Berlin.

Isigubhu, Jersey Club, Kuduro, Juke, Grime, Hiphop and Techno, NG◎M▲ brings the most innovative sounds and illest vibes: African Roots, Future Sound.

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Rushmore [ Trax Couture / London ]

Rushmore has been guarding the frontline of London’s underground club scene with proven success since 2011 through his club nights Rhythm Talk and House Of Trax with co boss Fools, and heading up his label, Trax Couture.  He has a strict penchant for no-frills heavy percussive workouts and US ghetto club music, which comes across firmly in his dj sets and own production. His stripped back, effective approach to club music sees him give a different point of view on the dance floor by experimenting with merging styles covering ballroom, grime, footwork, ghetto house and techno.

D.R.E.E.A. [ NYC / Berlin ]

German DJ, artist and writer D.R.E.E.A. established herself as one of the few credible female selectors in Berlin’s night life. Original head who started paying her dues writing for – Germany’s online hip hop Source. After making moves in New York’s musical and artistic underground scene, she settled back in Berlin. Her selection of adventurous and rugged styles of music has garnished her a cult following across Europe.

Qumasiquamé [ Through My Speakers // Berlin ]

Growing up as a big fan of golden-era rap, while at the same time slowly experiencing electronic music mainly from the UK, Qumasiquamé continually discovers his love for several sounds with roots from the motherland. His sets are driven by the ambition to reflect the musical phases and experiences he made in the last two decades and to combine them with the energy of the environment that surrounds him at present.

Dj Zhao [ Ngoma Sound // Berlin ]

With a background in sound art and experimental techno, DJ Zhao brings the best contemporary and classic dance music together from wildly different times and places, with focus on Africa. Informed of up-to-the-minute global styles, Dj Zhao fuses ancestral rhythms and urban bass pressure, connecting “East” and “West”, acoustic and electronic, traditional and modern. Constructing a sound without borders, Dj Zhao’s sets of innovative club, bass, and electronic music as well as classic grooves are always guided by a polyrhythmic understanding of energy in motion.

MC Zoum [ Springstoff / Ngoma Sound // Berlin ]

A versatile Congolese/French MC flowing in Kikongo, Lingala, French, English, and German, MC Carmel Zoum is a fiery force of nature on the mic, bringing groovey and beautiful Congolese melodies and hardcore Afro-Dancehall vibes to thrill dance floors world wide.