More extensive posts about East Africa will follow. For now, just a few photos.
More extensive posts about East Africa will follow. For now, just a few photos.
Apologies that i failed to post about this earlier… been a hectic few weeks to say the least!
info and RSVP here.
See you tonight Madrid!
Toulouse again this weekend 4 Laid Back Open Air. Lets all pray to rain gods to chill!
On 24th of September going on a month+ tour in East Africa, Nairobi, Kampala, etc.! Hanging with the Boutique Electronique crew, collaborating with East African artists, and playing at festivals and clubs such as this one with an awesome lineup:
Join 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
And 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
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
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)
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…
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
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▲ 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.
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 RAP.de – 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.
From Luanda to New Jersey, from Johannesburg to London, from Kingston to Berlin: indigenous drums and high tech sound fuse in the club. Ancestral beats and diasporic voices thrive on inner city streets. Meta-rhythms and mega-bass erasing borders, connecting dots, and making your booty work overtime.
NGOMA SOUND SYSTEM (Ngoma Sound // Berlin)
A hybrid musical entity made of dj and live instrumentation consisting of 2, 3, 4, or 5 members, fusing ancestral rhythms, acoustic textures, and urban bass pressure. Drawing from both the wealth of African sonic traditions as well as up-to-the-minute street sounds worldwide, NGOMA Soundsystem exists in the tension between electronic composition and live improvisation.
To warm up the night, we have a very special light/dance/music live performance by a very cool artist, starting at 10pm sharp: SILVER
INFINITE LIVEZ (Ninja Tune / Exotic Pylon // London / Berlin)
Is a former FKO Raw freestyle battle champ. Released his first album (Bushmeat) in 2004 on Big Dada records, second album in 2007 as a collaborative project with the Swiss electro jazz outfit Stade (Art Brut Fe De Yoot). Has worked with producers such as Blufoot, M3 and Part 2. Puts out his own improvised noise CDs. Has reoccurring dreams of the end of the world.
MARCEL (TropicFusion // Berlin)
Diligently studying the art of percussion in many African and Afro-diasporic traditions such as Brazillian, Latin, and Middle Eastern since an early age, Germany born Marcel has over the years combined various bodies of knowledge into a dexterous and multi-faceted live drumming style rich with invention and nuance. Guided by a passion for and knowledge of both Afro-Caribbean and Electronic music history, Marcel is the resident percussionist of NGOMA Soundsystem.
DJ ZHAO (Ngoma // Beijing / Los Angeles)
An amateur musicologist and professional booty shaker, Dj Zhao brings a poly-cultural understanding of rhythm to his deeply percussive sets. Wildly disparate timess, place, and styles are often connected by an artful sense of composition and mixing technique. Revealing the ancient rhythm roots of the latest and sickest electronic and bass sounds, as well as showcasing the sweetest and heaviest dance music from all over the globe, Dj Zhao creates unique and exhilarating dance floor experiences at once mind expanding and dance-floor exploding.
FUTURISMO (Futurisms / Cheap Acid // Berlin)
A dimension-hopping traveler, circumventing cosmic turbunlances, collecting audio frequencies and rhythms funky on an intergalactic scale. Futurismo is a DJ, in every sense of the word, bringing things along the mutant techno, juke-jungle, UK Bass and acid lines, scornfully jumping across genre borders.
30/AUG Urban Spree, Berlin
03/SEP Tausend, Berlin
04/SEP Tausend, Berlin
12/SEP Heimathafen, Neukölln
19/SEP Panke, Berlin
27/SEP Schleuse 5, DE
02/OCT Bar Eleven, Nottingham
04/OCT Africa Centre, Glasgow
07/OCT Rich Mix, London
10/OCT Take Five, Bristol
11/OCT Magic Gardens, London
STILL OPEN: Glasgow: Sun 05 / London: Wed 08, Thu 09
18/OCT Sondeka, Nairobi
19/OCT Sondeka, Nairobi
25/OCT Urban Spree, Berlin
31/OCT Panke, Berlin
01/NOV Pankgraefin, Berlin
and this photo… just because :)