New Years Eve will be HOT HOT HOT

 

 

I will be manning the Afro house / Global Bass floor alongside Marflix.  Going to get KERRRRR-AZAAAAY!!!!!!1459705_446752322093670_1474632164_n

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkRHfU7SjCs

get tickets NOW as they’re going fast!

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and on the 3rd of January NGOMA SOUND SYSTEM will be delivering that sweet boogie live afro-electro sound:

Tropical Timewarp Ngoma

NGOMA 16 – Love and Rebellion

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The only reason that I have stayed away from Reggae so far is because it is one of, if not THE most represented of Afro-Diasporic musical traditions from the Southern Hemisphere (as determined by various historical factors). But time has come for NGOMA series to dive right into the beautiful and intense sounds of Jamaica, time tested and honed to perfection.

First up is a mix of the best One Drop riddims and Modern Roots from the past few years: soul and consciousness for rebels and lovers, upliftment for the people, truth in the form of vibration. With the immersive consistency and homogeneity of a single kind of rhythm for 80 minutes, what comes to the foreground are the voices: fiery and sweet, agile and refined, full of hope and sorrow. The music here is a continuation of the classic and true roots sound and spirit, but the subject matter is wholly contemporary: suffering and struggle in the neo-colonial age, the crisis situation of late capitalism. First part of this mix is all about various forms of rebellion in the grim realities of this unequal and unjust world; and the second part involves the hazardous search for love in these trying times. Mix includes a few all time favorite riddims, some heavy new killers, and i & i don’t give a flying fuck what you think, the reggae version of a great mainstream pop tune.

This one will be followed, in the days and months ahead, by a badman dancehall volume of pure gangsterism, and after that, a no-holds-barred wild and crazy bouncement and party set for you to wine the waistline in time for spring break.

01 Queen Ifrica – Peace
02 Sizzla Kalonji – Jah Jah Blessing
03 Prophecy – How Could I?
04 Asfa – Not the Life
05 High Grade – Milk & Honey
06 High Grade – Weed Flex
07 Ritchie Spice – Ghetto Girl
08 I Wayne – Rasta Tell Dem All De While
09 Capleton – The Day Will Come
10 Alborosie – Rastafari Anthem
11 Tarrus Riley & Captain Sinbad – World Wide Rebellion
12 Konshens – War Straight
13 Kibaki – Pagans
14 Star – Treat Me Right
15 Chino – A Nuh Nothing
16 Bobby Treasure – Everybody Is Important
17 Kiprich – Tell Me Jah
18 Fanton Mojah – Dem Can’t Stop the Time
19 Chiney K – Me God Mi King (Papa Levi Tribute)
20 Cutty Ranks – Blood Stain
21 Dr. Evil – Wine Up Your Body
22 Kenyatta – Clarks
23 Busy Signal – Hustle
24 Kiprich – Who Say
25 Conrad Crystal ft. Suga Roy – Beat Them Bad
26 Chronixx – Start a Fire
27 Cecile – Popular Girl
28 Rihanna – Diamonds (J Vibe Remix)
29 R.C. – Customized Lady
30 Tanya Stephens – If You Knew
31 Etana feat. Busy Signal – Love Love Love
32 Christopher Martin – Top a Top
33 Cecile – Who You Love
34 Zj Liquid – One A Way
35 Delly Ranx – Work Hard
36 City Streetz Semi-Instrumental outro

Ngoma over Dresden

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Looking forward to jam in this historical Dresden museum tonight!

NGOMA Sound System feat:
Carmel Zoum – MC
Philip Marcel – Percussion
Dj Zhao – Dj

Südafrika kommt nach Dresden – und wir begrüßen die extravagante Kunstausstellung mit Tanz und Kunst bis tief in die Nacht! Die Sonderausstellung in der Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau „My Joburg“, die gerade mit großem Erfolg in der Pariser Stiftung La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert präsentiert wurde, zeigt die äußerst
produktive Kunstszene in Johannesburg (Laufzeit: 26. Oktober 2013 bis 5. Januar 2014). Die JUNGEN FREUNDE der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen feiern diese spannende Ausstellung am Vorabend des Buß- und Bettages mit der Party LIPSIUS VIBES. Bis Mitternacht sind Live-Speaker in der Ausstellung, die mit Euch über „My Joburg“ ins Gespräch kommen wollen, dazu versprechen DJ und Liveact eine aufregende Nacht.

Anlässlich zu LIPSIUS VIBES erklingt im Untergeschoss der Sound der afrikanischen Musikszene, zu dem getanzt werden darf: Kwaito, Kuduro, Soukous. Dazu haben wir das NGOMA SOUNDSYSTEM eingeladen, eine musikalische Einheit, bestehend aus DJ,
Live Instrumenten und Vocals – mal zu zweit, zu dritt oder zu fünft. NGOMA SOUNDSYSTEM spielen traditionell afrikanische-weltliche Rhythmen, urbane Bassklänge und hypnotisch elektrische Töne. Der passende Sound zur Ausstellung, auf den man sich freuen kann.

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NGOMA Classic 2 – AfroBeat

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Since Fela’s voice is much cooler than mine, i have switched out my intro with his, and this mix originally made to promote BlackBox number 1 has grown into a proper NGOMA release – with a few changes and much new goodness including 2 wicked special edits – one of the Ethio classic by Mahmoud Ahmed (following a funktastic number by Berlin’s own Woima Collective), and another of a very unique cosmic disco track by the techno head Lego Welt’s Afrocentric alter ego Nacho Patrol. Old version of this mix can still be heard Rebootfm – 11-dj-zhao-blackbox-1-ngoma”>here.

Again, no time for purism: music both classic and new is represented, African Jazz, Rock, Soul, Disco, with a few electronic remix treatments – within the loose parameters of the various related styles comprising the “Afrobeat” constellation, the primary concern here is the dance floor.
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01 Fela Intro / Tony Allen – Push Your Mind (Break Beat Remix)
02 Kokolo – Late Night, Closed Eyes (White Mike Mix)
03 Umoja – Amou Baleke
04 Ogyatanaa Show Band – Disco Africa
05 Manu Dibango – Souk Fiesta
06 Ofege – Adieu
07 Oghene Kologbo – Na Yawa
08 Tony Allen – Get Together
09 Saravah – Soul Supersossego
10 Woima Collective – Marz
11 Mahmoud Ahmed – Bemen Sebeb Letlash (Ngoma Push Edit)
12 Soul Jazz Orchestra – Mugambi
13 Soul Jazz Orchestra – The Blind Leading the Blind
14 Ebo Taylor Jr. – Children Don’t Cry
15 Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly Rythmo – It’s A Vanity
16 Antoine Dougbé & Orchestre Poly Rythmo – Ya Mi Ton
17 L. Barrabas – Tabou For The People (Sofrito Edit)
18 Candido – Jingo
19 Nacho Patrol – Africa Space Program (Ngoma Hardhouse Edit)
20 Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu – Global Party
21 Soul Ascendants – Tribute
22 Cesaria Evora – Nho Antone Escade
23 Manu Dibango – Ceddo End Title
24 Fela Outro / Tony Allen – Push Your Mind (Break Beat Remix)
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MusikSalon 50 Years

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Musiksalon Berlin: 50 Jahre IITM / Projekt für transtraditionelle Musik
14. /15. November 2013 im Vortragssaal des Ethnologischen Museums

Thursday 14. November 2013
18:00 Strahlkraft – Erbe nach Schließung des IITM 1996
Transtraditionelle Musikszene: Aktuelle Situation – Politische und mediale Kulturarbeit

20:00 Nordindische Ragas im Dhrupad- und Khyal-Stil
Pt. Ashok Pathak, surbahar & sitar
Tabla: Sandip Bhattacharya
Tanpura: Shamika Pathak

Freitag, 15. November 2013
20:00 Hommage an Alain Daniélou: DIASPORAGAS
Amelia Cuni: Gesang, Tanpura, Mirliton
Werner Durand: selbstgebaute & adaptierte Blasinstrumente, Elektronika
Ray Kaczynski: Mridangam, Perkussion
Federico Sanesi: Tabla, Pakhawaj, Perkussion

21:30 Dj Zhao

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BlackBox

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While the brightly lit gallery spaces of SAVVY Contemporary above focuses on the visual, cerebral and Apollonian aspects of cultural enquiry, BLACKBOX below is a Dionysian shadow world of hallucinatory sound and rhythm, of ritual and technology, of bodies in fluid motion.

A direct extension of SAVVY’s global outlook of contemporary art and culture, BLACKBOX celebrates music of the subaltern, of groups who are socially, politically, and geographically outside of hegemonic power structure; focusing on modern electronic bass and club music and traditional rhythms of Africa, South America, and Asia; fragmenting and dispersing an outdated Eurocentric “cultural center” of the world to encompass the entire globe.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013 / 11:00pm / ENTREE: 5 EU
SAVVY:ETC – Richardstraße 20, 12043 Neukölln, Berlin
PARTY TIME: 11PM  // ENTRY:  5 EU

IBOGA & KAELA NKANZA__________Kinshasa/Paris
a soul stirring live band pieced together from seasoned Jazz, Electronic, and Reggae heavy hitters.

DJ SOULVENDOR__________________Tropical Timewarp/ Berlin
vintage tropical selecta par excellence, this dude always brings the serious grooves from Africa and the Caribbean.
@the-soulvendor

DJ ZHAO__________________________Ngoma/ BlackBox/ Beijing
rhythm ambassador from the distant planet Sirius B, Dj Zhao will be reaching deep into the cosmic crates.
@djzhao

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Infinite Rhythms

 Rocking with MC extraordinaire and Ninjatune recording artist Infinite Livez:   Friday 1st of November at Cosmic Kaspar:
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Infinite Livez (Ninjatune, Exotic Pylon / London/Berlin)
www.infinitelivez.com
Born in Bethnal Green. Trained at Chelsea Art College. Released his first album (Bushmeat) in 2004 on Big Dada records. Released his second album in 2007 with Big Dada 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. Enjoys making comic books, short films and soft toys. Puts out his own improvised noise CDs. Used to design Gameboy graphics. Is a former FKO Raw freestyle battle champ. Likes Sun Ra, Wesley Willis, David Bowie, Public Image, Willus Drummond, and Funkadelic. Has reoccurring dreams of the end of the world. Lost his prize Barry Convex puppet. Lives in Berlin.
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and on Saturday night:
INFINITE LIVEZ - live set/host/ Infinite Livez of Big Dada/ Exotic Pylon
will be performing his infamous solo set that he has been busy perfecting during his excursion in Berlin. Expect an mixture of experimental noise, stream of consciousness rapping and live beat making from the London born emcee who is normally known for his work with Electro Jazz pioneers Stade.   http://www.infinitelivez.com
Dj Zhao - dj set
Dj Zhao brings the best contemporary and classic dance music together from wildly different times and places, with focus on Africa. Expected a schooling in the latest of global sounds such as Afro-Electro, Angolan-House, Kuduro, Coupe Decale, Naija, Rai, and Cumbia. As he draws upon a wealth of sonic traditions worldwide to provide a blend of mind expanding and floor smashing musical collages.    www.ngomasound.com

NGOMA @ Club Nüba, Paris

zhao_paris_websorry for the last minute heads up, been too crazy.  But let your Parisian friends know, surely to be a night to remember:  the premiere of a new series from the basstastique Bazzerk crew, at what many say is the hottest joint in the city on a rooftop with amazing view.  Psyched to be playing also with the legendary ambassador of deep French Caribbean groove Hugo Mendez of Sofrito again.   Boom! paris01 paris02 paris_j+C+Z

The Space Between Us

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PARTY 
9 October, 10pm / open end
WAU, Wirtshaus am Ufer, Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin
DJ Zhao, Stefanie Alisch, Mma Tseleng, Bongani Madondo, Garnette Cadogan, Kimba Mutanda u.a. // Kwaito / SA-House / Kuduro / Juju / Shangaan

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CONVENTION 
7 – 9 October, daily from 4 to 9 pm / Täglich von 16 bis 21 Uhr in English
Picnicrecords: Stendaler Straße 4, 10559 Berlin/Moabit

Music is a companion in the trans-African movement display.
Stefanie Alisch, Rangoato Hlasane, Bongani Madondo, Kagiso Mnisi, Garnette Cadogan, Charles Mudede, Kimba Mutanda, Tanka Fonta, DJ Zhao, Alfred Mehnert and others will talk about, play music and touch on relations and shifts in the trans-African space.
Broadcasts and podcasts of the convention will be available on air on REBOOT FM

talks by the other guest speakers are here.

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PROGRAM:

Monday 07.10 – Echoes, back and forth
12:00 am Visit of the exhibition THE SPACE BETWEEN US at ifa-Gallery Berlin
04:00 pm Opening & welcome at Picnicrecords
04:30 – 05:30 pm Rangoato Hlasane & Kagiso Mnisi, Sekele – Bitsa Maphodisa: Street-bash as a marker of space for black youth in post-apartheid South Africa
06:00 – 06:30 pm Garnette Cadogan

Tuesday 08.10 – Writing: about / against /down /with
04:30 – 05:00 pm Charles Mudede, About Drumming
05:30 – 06:30 pm Dj Zhao (Ngoma Soundsystem, Berlin) The vitality of African musical
heritage and its deep connection to music today and tomorrow.
07:30 – 08:00 pm Bongani Madondo, Malombo & Ma-Mlambo
Healer’s Brew:Blues, African Healing Systems and the Punk in JAH’zz
– in discussion with Kagiso Mnisi and Alfred Mehnert, Percussion

Wednesday 9 October – Telling
04:30 – 05:00 pm Tanka Fonta, Being, Music, Confluences & the Evolution of Expressions
05:30 – 06:30 pm Stefanie Alisch, “The future’s what it’s all about” – Broken Beat London
07:00 – 07:30 pm Kimba Mutanda, The personal journey of a Hip Hop artist from Malawi,
told from the meeting point between traditional and modern times
10:00 pm – open end Party – with Rangoato Hlasane, Kagiso Mnisi, Garnette Cadogan, Dj Zhao, Stefanie Alisch, Kimba Mutanda

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Music Convention in collaboration with / in Kooperation mit
 Holger Zimmermann, Picnicrecords, Stendaler Straße 4, 10559 Berlin, www.picnicrecords.com
 | Diana McCarty, REBOOT FMhttp://reboot.fm | After Year Zero, Geographies of Collaboration since 1945, Haus der Kulturen der Weltwww.hkw.de/de/programm/2013/after_year_zero/

THE SPACE BETWEEN US, ifa-Galerie Berlin, 27.9.-22.12.2013 www.ifa.de  | | Funded by Auswärtiges Amt, Aktion Afrika |  Hauptstadtkulturfonds |  Goethe Institut Johannesburg

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PARTY-ARTY

PARTY ARTY vol.42
a night of vibes from different tribes fused and hosted by Yaneq
PartyArty
3.10.2013
Ritter Butzke, Lobeckstr. 30-35, Berlin-Kreuzberg
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21:00 Hof: BBQ und Livepainting
22:00 Black Floor: Spoken Word
23:00 Ölfasslager: Elektro
24:00 Hütte: Afro
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Musik:
MISSILL (Paris)
SICK GIRLS
FEMALE MACHO
DJ ZHAO (Ngoma Sound)
NOMAD ( Vulkandance / W.T. records )
MC CARMEL ZOUM
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Kunst:
ATEM aka IL-JIN CHOI / MISSILL / NOMAD / BOSSO FATAKA
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Spoken Word:
WOLF HOGEKAMP / FRANK KLÖTGEN / GAUNER / YANEQ
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COMING UP
03.10 – Ritter Butzke (Berlin) 
09.10 – WAU (Berlin) 
01.11 – Cosmik Kaspar (Berlin) 
02.11 – Eschloraque (Berlin) 
08.11 – TBA (LInz, Austria) 
15.11 – Ethnologische Museum (Berlin)
19.10 – Bohannon (Berlin)
19.11 – lipsiusbau (Dresden) 
30.11 – Engel & Weiss (Cologne) 
20.12 – Cosmik Kaspar (Berlin)

 

BEAT PASSAGE / Sat.28.09.2013

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Official “PERPETUAL TRAVELLERS” After Party @ Savvy

“Every point is a relay and exists only as a relay. A path is always between two points, but the in-between has taken on all the consistency and enjoys both an autonomy and a direction of its own. The life of the nomad is the intermezzo. Even the elements of his dwelling are conceived in terms of the trajectory that is forever mobilizing them.” – Deleuze & Guattari, Mille Plateux

A musical deterritorialization of consumerist club culture; a rhyzomatic Sonic War Machine destroying all borders and prejudice!!!

DJ Zhao [Ngoma/Berlin]
https://soundcloud.com/djzhao
https://www.facebook.com/zhao.ngoma
www.ngomasound.com

DJ Aleksey
https://soundcloud.com/the_real_aleksey
www.facebook.com/Funk.im.tank

SAVVY Contemporary has a new super cool basement space for music and dance, and this will be the first ever party in it :)

Cost: FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Mother Ship Landing // Coming up

SweetMother1 Ab dem 21.09 gibt es jeden ersten und dritten Samstag im Monat die heißesten Sounds vom afrikanischen Kontinent. Afrobeats, Azonto, Coupé Décalé, Ndombolo, Zouk und Kuduro sind nur einige der Musikarten welche es bei Sweet Mother zu hören gibt. In dem angenehmen Ambiente des Bohannon werden DJs aus ganz Europa Berlin zum Schmelztiegel der modernen afrikanischen Musikszene machen. Clubhits von Lagos bis Accra, von Yaoundé bis Kinshasa, von Nairobi bis Johannesburg werden ohne Verzögerung bei Sweet Mother zu hören sein.

Zur Eröffnungsparty wird mit DJ Zhao DER Experte für moderne afrikanische Musik an den Plattentellern stehen. Der gebürtige Chinese hat bereits in den weltweit besten Clubs die Tanzflächen zu den aktuellsten afrikanischen Hits zum kochen gebracht. Des weiteren wird DJ Zyto, die Berliner DJ Legende und Aushängeschild der lokalen Afro Szene, für beste Unterhaltung sorgen. Saturday 21/September // 11:00pm until 6:00am Bohannon Dircksenstr 40, 10178 Berlin, Germany  //// FACEBOOK

coming up:

21.09 – Bohannon (Berlin)
27.09 – Schlachthof Wiesbaden (Mainz)
03.10 – Ritter Butzke (Berlin)
09.10 – Lupita (Berlin)
19.10 – Bohannon (Berlin)
01.11 – Cosmik Kaspar (Berlin)
02.11 – Eschloraque (Berlin)
08.11 – TBA (LInz, Austria)
15.11 – Ethnologische Museum (Berlin)
19.11 – lipsiusbau (Dresden)
30.11 – Engel & Weiss (Cologne)
20.12 – Cosmik Kaspar (Berlin)

FUSION 7 – A.F.R.O.

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“The drum is closely linked in African philosophy with the word… The original utterance which created life of nothingness and chaos, and then established order in that creation. The drum is therefore a divine tool of the Supreme Being, a womb or beginning of created life.”  - Maureen Warner-Lewis

“The drum encloses a womb of space in which silence and identity will emerge out of the darkness and the void.” - Wilson Harris

“”God is dumb, until the drum speaks.” – Ancient African proverb

Drawing upon the vast rhythmic resources across the mother continent, from places like Botswana, Burundi, Uganda, Ghana, Congo, Morocco, and more, with a touch of Afro-Cuba and the Afro-Caribbean, as well as selection and sampling of some of the great electronic music of today, FUSION 7 builds a fortress to dance, a bridge between today’s electronic dance music and its roots on the Mother Continent.  Even more than the Afro-Asian House of FUSION 3 and Middle Eastern Bass of FUSION 4, this 7th volume of pure African Percussion and Techno/Bass is firmly situated on the dance floor.

As we take synthetic drugs in the context of today’s commercialized club culture, it is important to know that dance music is neither frivolous or inconsequential:  rhythm was important for the evolutionary process of our species in terms of motor functions and socialization, and dancing is a sacred activity which connects us both to each other, as well as to the vibrations of the heavenly spheres.

01 Heart Beat Intro / Tuareg Traditional X dima – monolog
02 Guem & Zaka – Printemps X Yonurican – Lucha Machete
03 El Hadj Ensemble – Wo Mawu X Fast Vision Soul – Babatunde
04 Soweto Ensemble – Nxal X Unknown
05 Bukky Leo & Black Egypt – Black Egypt
06 Gordeon Odametey – Okemi Ekpe X Queen Atom – Minsk
07 Kasai Allstars – Mukuba Special X Shakleton X Wiley – Where’s My Brother (Trebus    Funky Dub)
08 Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Pattern 3 X MicroTribe
09 Afronaut – Neuvo Rumbero X Echologist feat. The Space Ape – Mercy Beat (MRI vs Uess Nondub Remix)
10 Calypso Jazz Improvisation With Steel Drums X Caja De Ritmos – Drumstep X          Echologist feat. The Space Ape – Mercy Beat (MRI vs Uess Nondub Remix)
11 Shackleton – It’s Not Easy X Rhythmic Theory – Riveted
12 Percussion3 X Kamikaze Space Programme – Lawn (Dj Zhao Short Edit)
13 Guem & Zaka – Turon X Roska – Jackpot
14 Tambours Du Burundi – Uri Inyambo Burundi + LR Groove – Bush Man
15 Guem – Topil X Gender – Behind the Forest
16 Hammana Manden Kono A Nakan X Edu K – Avec Bon Bons
17 El Hadj Ensemble – Wo Mawu X Cabo Snoop – Windeck (Arih Gold & Gil Perez Remix)
18 Guem & Zaka – Liberte X BWG – Mandombanzani
19 Guem & Zaka – Liberte X Ventress – Typhon
20 Tuareg Traditional X Ardisson – The End (Posthuman Remix) X Ventress – Typhon / Heartbeat

Tropical Timewarp

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Summer is almost over, come get your boogie on the beach before weather gets cold! 
 
Tropical Timewarp @ YAAM Beach starts at 4pm
Soukous-Afrobeat-Highlife-Naija-Kwaito-Kuduro-Jazz-Cumbia-Dub-Calypso- & beyond…
 
★ Dj Zhao [Ngoma Sound/ Beijing/ Berlin] — 11pm
★ The Soulvendor [Tropical Timewarp/ Dubpub]
★ AFROSUSA live pecussion [Gambia-Spain-Berlin]
★ special decoration by: Grasstapete
★ Afro-Carib food on sale! 
 
5 euros before 11, 12 euros after - message me for guest list – ngomasound at gmail

Ohangla

There is a new Ohangla sound in Kenya, and i am so addicted.  Traditionally the music and dance for serious ceremonies of the Luo, it has recently gained cross tribal popularity all over the country, and performed for pure fun.









and here is a Benga one, noticeably different:

The New Pacific

This year’s Wasser Musik Festival in Berlin at the end of July / beginning of August has the theme of Invisible Continent, and feature some great shows from various corners of the Pacific Ocean from Colombia to Thailand.   Here are my picks:


19.7. Novalima // info // facebook


27.7. The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band // info // facebook


28.7. Fahrraddisco: 
DJ Ipek / DJ Clé / Mother Perera / Dengue Dengue Dengue! // info // facebook


Cumbia All Stars // info // facebook

Afro Beets

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Afro Beets is the hottest new musical genre on the planet.

 

Just kidding, Afro Beets is not a genre. And neither is Afro Beats, the rather silly name coined by some UK radio dj to hype his show that seems to have stuck. What we really have here is Electronic Pop and Dance music from West Africa, specifically Hiplife and modern Highlife from Ghana, and Naija Jams from Nigeria (with a touch of Coupe Decale from the Ivory Coast and South African House for good measure).

The term “Afro Beats” has the most tenuous of links to its reference – Ice Prince has not much to do, musically, thematically, anything-cally, with Fela Kuti. About the only link between “Afro Beats” and the Afro-Funk/Soul/Rock of the 1970s, what is known as Afro Beat, is the same place of origin. While the differences are many: 70s Afro Beat was of course Funk and Blues based, while these new styles use beats related to Afro-House and Reggaeton, bass-lines from Highlife and Rumba, vocals a mix of local styles and Jamaican Dancehall and American R’n’B/Rap, with healthy doses of techno-rave energy. While 1970s Afrobeat often spread conscious political messages which passionately spoke of social realities and the struggle against oppression, these new forms of pop music deliver an entirely hedonistic message which passionately speak about glamour, escape, sex, and money.

Purist of both the musical and political variety, please let go of your seriousness and get with the serious boogie. To the “Drum Machines Have No Soul” type i say don’t forget that the 70s musicians you worship all embraced the latest technologies and sounds of their day. To people who take issue with the materialism this music espouses, from a dj thoroughly dedicated to anti-capitalism: dance music, with its anarchic celebration of pleasure and wanton disregard for the law, is always in essence, if not on the surface, anti-authoritarian; and partying, even in these bleak times, can still be an insurrectionary activity, disruptive of hum-drum consumerist routine.

But whatever. Love it or leave it. And whatever we call it, if it even is an “it”, the sweet grooves and irresistible hooks of this action packed music is not only the perfect summer party soundtrack, but simply the most uninhibited fun your money can buy, anywhere.

Though of course this download is free :)

P.S. Track 21, called Azonto Decale, is by the Focus Allstars, a pan-African musical force which grew out of the Focus Organization. If you are in London they do proper events (next one tomorrow Friday 21 of June): ymlp.com/ziZL7k

01 Artquake – Alanta Instrumental Intro
02 P-Square – Trowey!
03 J Martins ft. Fally Ipupa – Jupa Global Remix
04 Nhyiraba Kojo ft. Sammy – Baba God
05 Ghana Blast – Odwa (Raggao)
06 Obour ft. Morris She & Batman – Konkonti Baa
07 Unknown – Unknown
08 FBS ft. Tinny – Oldman Boogey Remix
09 Bradez & Ephraim – Ego Bee
10 X-Pensive Nframa – Aunty Adoley
11 Baby Jet – African Woman
12 Side 1 – One By One
13 Ruff n Smooth ft. S.K. Blinks – Azingele
14 Bigiano – Eyin’ Temi
15 Ephraim – Follow Follow
16 Stay J – Shashee Wowo (Kaxtro Remix)
17 D’banj – Oliver Twist
18 D’banj – Oliver Twist (Uhuru Remix)
19 Edem – Over Again
20 Joey B, Gary, and E.L. – Ice Cream Girl
21 Focus Allstars – Azonto Decale
22 P-Square – Danger
23 AQ – Wahala Dey
24 Sarkodie ft. E.L. – U Go Kill Me
25 Obumpa Rek, Austine B. Agaspa – U Go Kill Me Version
26 Olamide – First of All
27 Dr. Slim ft. Double – Seke (prod. by Eyoh Soundboy)
28 E.L. – Obuu Mo
29 Blaka – Tozo
30 E.L. ft. Appietus & Geelex – Bend Ya Body
31 Guru ft. Edja – Lapas Toyota
32 Guantoa – Asore Party
33 Double – Walai Talai
34 Unknown – K
35 Double 5.5 – Uhm Ahh
36 Dee Moneey – Kpokpo O Body
37 T.I.V. – Beremole
38 Lil Shaker – Pressure Sorrr
39 Kojo Antwi – Osebo