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 :)
Industrial nightmares and Shamanic visions collide in the club. Ancestral voices bleed through grids of the city. Diasporic sounds and mutant rhythms transformed by migrant movement, shaped by history. Fragmented Psychotropic Bass pulsating through the deepest valleys and highest crests of your mind, in the kaleidoscopic center of the omni-verse. RSVP on fb
22 – 00: MUTANT CONFERENCE
Like the panel last time with Dj Ripley and dj zhao, this time we are excited to bring you Stef Meaow, an anthropologist who has done extensive field work in Angola and Portugal, on the music we love to death called Kuduro. Also, Roi Rocky the Tropikal Camel will be addresing many strands of middle eastern music and culture and their socio-political meaning, from Israel to Palestine to Turkey to Kurdistan to Morrocco. Dj Zhao will be moderating and give some additional fun facts about the central cultural heritage of our species, rhythm, and how they can make the world a better place.
00 – END: MUSIC
INTI CHE LIVE (Konn Recordings / Buenos Aires)
Intiche is well known by his Electro-Nativo music style, a fusion of electronic sounds: Tribal, Trance, Electro, Nu-Cumbia, Dub, and Native, taking you into the jungles, mountains and seas of sounds from south, central and north america.
TROPIKAL KAMEL LIVE (Future Roots / Jeruselem)
Middle Eastern and North African roots fused with 21st century Basstronics, creating a mixture between hypnotic rhythms, Arabic samples, and deep tribal atmosphere.
Mutoid mysticism, psychedelic ambiant, and anxious landscapes. Heat wave, half coma, intensity, and distant roots. Dusty landscape on the Terminal beach, shadows of dancers on the wall, snake charming computers, the Fata morgana become oil wells on fire.
DJ ZHAO (Ngoma / Beijing)
Born in Beijing and based in Berlin with a background in Sound Art and Avant Techno, Dj Zhao is an amateur musicologist and professional booty shaker, bringing the best contemporary and classic dance music together from wildly different times and places, focusing on Africa.
some girl met tonight was rolling her eyes and was like “it’s just a name ffs” and i had to dish out the “WE don’t get to decide what is hurtful, the victims of oppression do” line of reasoning… not sure if it got through at all…
From 4 corners of the world come 4 mutants that have evolved in different ways but on the same path of poly-rhythmic bass, meeting on this night in Berlin to examine various MUTANT sonics, and create oceans deep, tornados strong vibes without borders that will rearrange the DNA of human kind for ever.
Why do various modern beats sound the way they do? How are they still unmistakably connected to ancient rhythmic roots? How did we get from slave songs to “untz untz” club music? In what ways have identities and cultures been forever changed with various waves of globalization? These are a few of the many questions surrounding MUTANT musical culture the first part of the evening will address.
From Tribal Guarachero to Techno, from Juke/Footwork to Kuduro, from Dancehall to Jungle — during the second part of the night 4 MUTANT Djs will sonically demonstrate deep genetic axis of rhythm which connects various bodies of music, while rocking the dance floor with some of the most advanced and innovative dance music in 2014.
21h – 00h talks by Dj Ripley and Dj Zhao
Dj Ripley – “From Jamaica to di World! Musical Identity in a Globally Networked Context”
Dj Zhao – “Rhythmic Mutation and the Evolution of Contemporary Dance and Pop Music”
Panel Discussion / conversations.
00h – MUSIC
Dj Ripley (Dutty Arts / NYC)
mixes music to highlight difference rather than seamlessness. Pulling out familiar songs and sounds from people’s childhood or community, layering them with foreign, distant sounds to make the familiar strange and the strange familiar. Music exists because it crosses borders, literally and figuratively. Physical borders: eardrums, walls, and legal borders: nations, zones. Her main goal is challenge the assumption that difference breeds division and distrust – instead, difference, rupture, foreign-ness is a site of conscious, open-eyed and physical pleasure.
Rafael Aragon (Latino Resiste/Paris)
Rafael Aragón is a latin/arabic rooted musician / dj / composer / producer making mainly club oriented, heavy bass music, yet delicate, maximalist and highly psychedelic. Sweaty dancefloor killers and soulful, enlightened anthems to cheer up and enjoy the beauty of life. With a very special, magic touch inspired by the ancient traditions of shamanism from all around the world. Mystic chimes, ritual drums and witchcraft incantations meet club kicks, filthy basslines and electronic batucada to provide a rich, dancy and psychedelic music for hips and ears!
!! NEW ALBUM dropping on Latino Resiste on july 2nd!! feat. Zee Reach, Ckrono & Slesh, El Malito, Kosta Kostov & many more…
dj zhao (Ngoma Sound / Beijing / Berlin)
brings the best contemporary and classic dance music together from wildly different times and places. Informed of up-to-the-minute global styles from Angolan House to Chicago Juke, and with a deep sense of musical history, Dj Zhao infuses his sets with a deep sense of polyrhythms, whether playing techno at Berghain or Afro-Bass at a tropical event. Fusing ancestral rhythms and urban electronics, Dj Zhao is a poly-cultural ambassador of boom connecting “East” and “West”, acoustic and electronic, traditional and modern.
Futurismo (Futurisms / Jerusalem / Berlin)
is a dreamer. Born and raised in the city of god (Jerusalem) he moved to the city of godlessness (Berlin) while floating on weird sound frequencies. He fuses together electronic sounds – Acid / Bass / Techno / DnB / UK Garage being just a few of the genres he drops into meshes of rhythms and basslines. He’s been running the Futurisms and Cheap Acid nights in the heart of Berlin’s Neukölln district. Futurismo has no soul, but he can dance. Ask him nicely and he will show you how.
From Chicago to Berlin, from Luanda to London, JUJUJUKE 3 brings you up to the minute meta rhythms and mega bass.
DJ and producer Nangdo is channeling the soul of South Side Chicago and making some of the most true-school juke and footwork in Berlin. A true music addict: he has been dj’ing and collecting hundreds and hundreds of records for over ten years now. Also, he created tons of beats in the past eight years. For Nangdo, his productions are all about chopping up sounds of seventies soul, break beats, hip hop ‘or whatever stuff.’
Luc Masera (Antibling/Kick Snare)
With versatile sets Luc has played in nearly every Club of Berlin. His first London Trip inspired him so much, that he changed from Minimal-Techno to all kinds of UK Bass. In 2011 he and four other guys from Berlin Massive started the monthly Antibling : Promassive Party which is today Berlins Filthiest Dubstep Party. Antibling brought Luc Masera to Paris, Switzerland, Bombay, Sao Paulo and to a lot of German Citys and everwhere he plays, he is looking for new inspirations for his DJ Sets.
This time, for the first hour of the night, from 12 – 1am, there will be a very special program of improvised and live sound and video art collaboration between artists in Buenos Aires and Berlin. Dj Zhao will be in a duo with Hidhawk, weaving a strange and transporting tapestry of tape loops, voices from the ether, and ghosts in machines, in real time:
this coming weekend the lovely hills of the White Carpathians will get a heavy dose of psychedelic NGOMA rhythm and bass!
Last weekend in Amsterdam and Utrecht was wicked. Great vibes at the Underground warehouse party i played right after the NL football win, er, i mean SLAUGHTER, agains Spain (sweet revenge for these drunk Dutch people), and lecture and set at Festival Debestuiving.
This how we voodoo, this how we juju:
From Chicago to East London, from Jersey to Berlin, Juju-Juke brings true school rhythm and bass.
Joining us for the first time: Cool Hand Luke straight from Brooklyn will bring true underground club sounds from New Jersey, in addition to the Chicago Tek Life vibes; Congolese/French MC Carmel Zoum will deliver fiery verses on the mic; and Berlin’s own NGHT DRPS wil drp crucial new school bass and footwork.
NGOMA Sound feat. MC Carmel Zoum
NGHT DRPS (Through My Speakers – Berlin)
Cool Hand Luke (Hot Crew 57 – NYC/Chicago)
Dj Zhao (Ngoma Sound – Beijing/Berlin)
at the quality Panke club: http://www.pankeculture.com/
8pm till late / friday night party style
Urban Spree – Revaler Str. 99 (corner Warschauer Str. x Revaler Str.), 10245 Berlin
Nozinja is the South African artist, producer and DJ who has masterminded a 21st century reboot of indigenous folk tradition, Tsonga disco, kwaito and house to create the Afro-futurist dance music dubbed ‘Shangaan Electro’. It’s a sound that has spread way beyond the famous street parties he organises to inspire dancefloors worldwide with its rapid fire rhythms, soulful vocal edits and infectious swing. Fresh off the back of recent touring with Shangaan Electro, now is the moment for the man behind it all to enter the spotlight with his debut album on a Western label plus a brand new Nozinja live show forthcoming.
Nozinja has toured extensively with Shangaan Electro, performing scene-stealing turns at Sonar, Roskilde and Sydney festivals alongside club sessions at the Berghain. Most recently he has curated a festival line up at Paris’s La Gaite Lyrique, devised special dance workshops for all ages and launched his own Nozinja Lodge club night in Dalston.
It was not a BAD party… :)
Out in the streets Out in the streets Out in the streets Out in the streets…
From South Chicago to East London, from Detroit to Berlin, Dj Zhao and friends bring Polyrhythmic Bass Pressure connecting Footwork, Jungle, GhettoTech, and Drum’n’Bass.
Fuck the future, this shit is NOW.
Friday, April 25, 11:00pm
FRIDAY: Panke Gerichtstraße 23, 13347 Berlin, Germany // RSVP HERE
Kepler (Sick Girls, Berlin)
A much revered staple as part of Berlin’s rebel bass crew Sick Girls, Kepler has been defying convention, shaking clubbers out of comfort zones, and kicking major booty since you was in kindergarten. Footwork, Grime, Bass, combined with Gangsta Rap, D’n’B and Digi-Dancehall, Kepler drops all varieties of bass heavy musics with a signature sound: sick style!
Kid Kameleon (Surya Dub, Thump, San Francisco/Berlin)
a Berlin-based performer pushing an eclectic mix of genre-defying bass music, his signature sound is filled with wild and complex drum patterns, head-nodding beats that range from smooth to stuttering, heavy bass and full spectrum synths that tug at your heartstrings.
Dj Zhao (NgomaSound, Beijing/Berlin)
Ancient Futurist Rhythm Ambassador Dj Zhao approaches 21st century urban sonics with a timeless sense of Afro-centric polyrhythms. Connecting diasporic bass and motherland juju, Dj Zhao’s selections and edits fuse wildly different times/places as they murder the dance floor.
Ghettozoid (One4Ho, Houndstooth, UK/Berlin)
Wild style shape shifting feral child of the streets, Ghettozoid switches between London and Berlin, freaks the sub woofers like it ain’t no thang, and drops ill beats as she makes yo mama’s butt work overtime.
SATURDAY: I will rock this real Berlin underground party in a secret location :)
Der Frühling ist da , der Aufstand kommt und wir bewaffnen uns wieder und laden euch ein, mit uns Spatzen nach den Kanonen zu werfen und einen Tanz um den Aprilbaum zu machen. Die ehrlichste Sonne scheint nachts und den freundlichsten Hormonrausch kriegt man mit scharfen Waffen. Also betreten Sie mit uns den Garten der Unsinne, wo die Neurosen zertreten und der Rasen ruiniert wird. Denn Tanzen ist, wenn beide Füße vom Boden kommen ! Garantiert verantwortungslos und genehmigungsfrei. Freshes Frühlingsgeklopfe aus der Schiessbudegärtnerei. Dieses fachkundige Gartenbaupersonal bringt Sie in den Mutterboden:
DJ Zhao ::::::::: Orchideenorchester & Rosenmusik
2kn ::::::::::::::::: Tiefdrucktulpen & Tiefdruckdreck
Mari Mar ::::::: Hartlaubwalzer & Palmenbeat
Mätjes ::::::::::: Stachelbeerentechno
Jony Pony ::::: Frühlingszwiebelsingsang & Krokus-Hop
Damit der Spass auch Ernst macht, gibt es wieder den “Shoot Your Own”-Schiesstand, betreut vom Drunken-Minors-Antikonfliktteam. Drücken Sie ihre Gefühle aus und drücken Sie mal ab. Wer nicht wackelt, gewinnt und die Underdogs dürfen auch zweimal.
location will be released to our mailing system shortly before the event. Register here.
Psssscht! Nicht weitersagen.
Artistic exchange with South African Artists on gender and tradition
Curated by Constanza Macras and Tamara Saphir.
OPENING 28.02.2014 at 19h30 / Full Program
22h00 – Opening Party with DJ Zhao/ Ngoma Soundsystem and DJ Dorfdisco – FREE
CTM Festival & Berghain präsentieren
POLYMORPHISM #11 / 07.03.2014
Untold w/ CURRENT CURRENT (live)
DJ ZHAO (dj)