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…
Warming up for MUTANT 2, Ngoma Soundsystem featuring Pharoah Chromium will take you on an intimate mystical journey through the kaleidoscopic valleys and crests of your mind in the center of the omni-verse, joined by special guest musicians later in the evening. Expect psychotropic flavors and ancestral-futurist rhythms from every corner of the earth.
Kiki Sol — Lindower Straße 12, Wedding, Berlin
(this article originally appeared on This Is Africa, republishing here since it is not on their new site)
The embellishment of African derived rhythm/melody with European harmonics gave birth to Jazz, arguably the worlds most significant musical explosion of the millennium. In the 100 years since, African American music, which became largely synonymous with American music, has been exerting a tremendous amount of global influence. The spread of this influence accelerated even more after WW2, as the US became a global economic and military super power, aggressively pursuing a program of cultural imperialism, which increasingly saturated the world with its ideas, stories, images, and sounds.
But there is one peculiar thing which nearly all American music has in common – and the more one considers it, the more peculiar it becomes – an extensive emphasis on a unique rhythm, a rhythm very different from that which is found almost anywhere else in the world. It goes like this: Boom – Bap – Boom – Bap, with a kick drum on the 1 and 3 or all 4, a snare drum precisely on the 2 and 4, with nearly nothing in between except maybe a high hat, and no major hits ever landing off the grid. This rhythm is called the “Duple” in music theory, and you can find variations of it driving all modern popular American music styles: Blues, Motown, Soul, Funk, Rock, Disco, Hiphop, House, Pop, and beyond.
Duple Rhythm (beginning of video):
The pervasive dominance of this simplified, rigid, and mechanical mono-rhythm, minimizing poly-rhythmic elements in the music to the role of embellishment, sometimes to the point of non-existence, is very different from the focus on complex polyrhythms in various forms of modern South American and Caribbean music. Cuban Son and Rumba, Brazillian Bossa Nova, Haitian Gwo Ka and Compas, Trinidadian Calypso; none of them rely so extensively on the Duple (besides sub-genres which were directly influenced by US exports, such as Ska Reggae, which heavily borrows from the Rhythm’n’Blues of the 50s).
And if we zoom out to look at great traditions of music of the world: Asia, Middle East, and of course, Africa, with zero exceptions, the Duple beat is never a central element, and hardly even exist at all in the major bodies of music produced by these ancient cultures. All of them are based on intricately interlocking polyrhythms arranged in hypnotic, complex mathematical patterns. (the much younger European classical tradition, which developed as entertainment for royalty and the rich, has always regarded rhythm as an element of the under classes and “primitives”, and has “long discarded African music as an oddity of the animal kingdom” – Piero Scaruffi. With very few exceptions, these attitudes and a refusal to accept African music and its offspring continued all the way through the 20th century until today, which explains the increasing gap between it and the rest of the world.) (01)
Siamou Music in Burkina Faso:
Slapping Juba (the teacher in this video actually recounts a version of the actual incident which result in the first banning of the drums: the murder of a slaver by a slave named Juba, his execution, the subsequent large scale revolt organized with talking drums, and its brutal suppression. From that point on, any slave caught with a drum would have his hands cut off, or hung):
The most widely used substitute for drums, partly because of its ready availability, was the human voice. Field Hollers, Call and Response, Work Songs, Prison Songs, and all kinds of Vocality were developed, with the voice often replicating drum patterns and to create counterpoints, using standard singing, chanting, as well as extended techniques such as guttural effects, interpolated vocality, falsetto, melisma, etc. Sounds of the work itself such as chopping wood or marching, as well as foot stomping or hand clapping during off hours, provided a basic, skeletal time signature, over which the polyrhythmic vocal sounds could improvise (the roots of Scat Singing). Sometimes imitating the beats of many drums in one line, these vocal elements filled the incremental temporal spaces between each clap of the hand or fall of the hammer, and played an important role in the preservation of African rhythmic heritage.
Thus Afro rhythm traditions survived through mutation and adaptation, and formed the drum-less foundation of American music. The descendants of these earlier styles later became wildly popular beginning in the 19th Century: Ragtime, Minstrelsy, Spirituals, Salon Music, Jubilee, Blues, and Gospel (which has been called “percussion music without drums” by historians). The appropriation of Black slave music by White mainstream society started at this time, with the phenomenon of Blackface Minstrelsy. One of the first and most enduring artist/thieves was Stephen Foster, who took African derived rhythms played on the African derived instrument the Banjo, and incorporated them into songs such as “Oh Susana” (which became one of the most popular American songs ever). This, and the mixing of African slave traditions with European folk music were the origins of Country Music: “One of the reasons country music was created by African Americans, as well as European Americans, is because blacks and whites in rural communities in the south often worked and played together” – DeFord Bailey (03)
And because the drums were taken away, the forms of West African music which either were purely vocal or featured the voice prominently, traditionally played without drums, using simple instruments, such as many kinds of narrative song cycles in the Griot traditions of Mali and Senegal, took root in a big way and gained wide popularity in the deep South. No specific African musical form can be identified as the single direct ancestor of the blues, but many elements of the Blues, such as the call-and-response format and the use of blue notes, can be traced back to the music of Africa. (04)
Historians have also speculated that the Spanish slavers, who first set up colonies in the Americas in South America, at that time had not long expelled the North African Moors after 800 years of Islamic rule back home, preferred not to import Afro-Muslims. Thus a higher concentration of people from the Sahel/Mali/Senegal regions, many of whom were Muslim, ended up in North America, bringing with them their more vocal and string based traditions. While more people from the Congo/Ghana/Nigeria regions arrived in South America and the Caribbean, with their more extensive drumming traditions.
A classic sound collage (Alan Lomax) comparing traditional vocal music from Africa and vocal music from the Delta, alternating, line by line, between American and Senegalese singing:
the direct ancestor of the banjo was the Malian/Senegalese instrument Xalam or Ngoni, widely used by Griots:
There was one exception to this drum-lessness: due to the Catholic laws in Luisiana being different from the protestant ones in Georgia and the Carolinas, drums were not banned in New Orleans, the center of the American slave trade, until much later, the second half of the 19th Century. This and other crucial social conditions were the ingredients of a series of cultural/musical explosions that would change the course of the entire world.
Prior to new waves of repression that would come, this port city directly connected to Cuba and the Caribbean, run by the French and Spanish, included a substantial Creole of colour land-owning middle class, so that “black” was not automatically equated with slavery – an anomaly in the South at the time, to say the least. Before the 1890s when this mixed race group suddenly lost their privilege and equality, they participated in every level of society including politics, making a huge difference in terms of racial tolerance, inclusiveness, cultural exchange with Cuba, and the development of both local music as well as music in Cuba.
An economy based on trade meant less regimented attitudes and more respect for difference: “Untouched by the industrial revolution and less socially stressed than other plantation-oriented economies, New Orleans was able to retain the traditions of the various ethnic groups while they were rapidly being annihilated in the rest of the USA.” – Piero Scaruffi (01) Also, Southern Europeans had somewhat different ideas from the Northern Europeans in their treatment of slaves, due to their countries of origin being closer to Africa, and already heavily influenced by African culture. New Orleans brothels allowed sex across the colour line (not just unheard of but completely INSANE in the 1800s) all the way until 1918, when the US government forced the mayor of New Orleans to segregate.
In this atmosphere of relative tolerance and less repressive laws, for much of the 19th century this opulent melting pot city was host to a vibrant nightlife, exotic rituals, tribal dances, pagan festivals, funeral marches and all kinds of parties which never seemed to stop. Further, there was one place, indeed the only place on the entire continent, the “Congo Square”, in the Tremé neighborhood, where slaves had for a long time been allowed to make music: “In Louisiana during the 18th century, slaves were commonly allowed Sundays off from their work. They were allowed to gather in the “Place de Negres”, informally “Place Congo”, where the slaves would set up a market, sing, dance, and play music.” – Peter Kolchin (05)
“It is probably safe to say that by and large the simpler African rhythmic patterns survived in jazz … because they could be adapted more readily to European rhythmic conceptions. Some survived, others were discarded as the Europeanization progressed. It may also account for the fact that patterns such as [tresillo have] … remained one of the most useful and common syncopated patterns in jazz.” – Gunther Schuller (08)
A few decades later a new hybrid style with even more reduced, simplistic, and obvious drum beats was born in the same city, in fact the exact same neighborhood: the first Rock ‘n’ Roll records were made in the Tremé district. “Without New Orlean’s rich musical contribution there would have been no Elvis Presley or Beatles. Because both acts were heavily influenced by the songs recorded by Fats Domino and Little Richards at Cosimo Matassa’s Studios (close to Congo Square).” – Fabian Jolivet.
So there you have it: Jazz and Rock’n’Roll, probably the 2 most significant American cultural exports ever, both born in the only place in America where for a few decades slaves were allowed to play drums and dance.
Though New Orleans Jazz did sometimes use rhythm patterns more subtle and complex than the Duple (but still much less intricate and nuanced than its influences: Afro-Latin and African music), the much wider and older history of drum-lessness had a deeply profound effect on American music in general, and the Duple fundamentally shaped all popular music to come in the 20th Century.
There were of course other sources and reasons, both historical and modern: Native American music and Irish, Italian, German folk music such as the Oompah or Polka all used simple mono-rhythms; as well as modern environmental factors such as the rigid and repetitive sound of machines, factories, automobiles and trains in the industrialized landscape.
Native American Ritual Music:
Irish Folk Music:
German Volkstümliche Musik:
All of these cultures contributed to the complex hybrid which is American music, but from where i’m standing, as a person from East Asia, an outsider to American music, to European music, and to African music alike, the origins of Jazz, Rock, Hiphop, etc. are clearly located much more in the blues and slave music from both at home and Latin America than traditions represented by the above 3 videos. If one accepts the seminal, foundational influence exerted by transplanted African culture, this legacy of drum-less evolution might just be the most important piece of the puzzle, the main answer to the question of how the Duple came to dominate American modern music.
But unlike African Americans who RE-invented their African musical heritage through memory and forgetfulness in a completely new context, Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean large preserved homeland drumming traditions, which survive nearly intact until today. (09)
Trinidadian Steel Drums:
Drums were also banned in the Caribbean, in places like Trinidad, but much later in the 19th Century. So the slaves had a stronger connection to African rhythm culture, which was apparent when they started using frying pans, dustbin lids and oil drums after the ban (as oil was an important national product), forming the Trinidadian tradition of Steel Pan and Steel Drum music (10). Similarly, drums were taken away from slaves in Cuba at a later time, and the roots of Rumba lies in Afro-Cubans playing African music with “household items: the side of a cabinet functioned in the role of the present-day tumba or salidor (the primary supportive drum), while an overturned drawer served as the quinto (the lead drum) and a pair of spoons played the cáscara part on whatever was available.” – David Peñalosa (11) The handmade percussion instrument Claves, which came from hitting wooden pegs together in shipyards to accompany slave work songs, is now a ubiquitous in all Cuban music and its derivatives from Son to Mambo to Salsa to Timba, playing the Clavérhythm pattern of African origin.
Other reasons for the stronger ties with African culture in the Caribbean and South America include the much greater number of slaves (North America: 0.5 million, Caribbean: 5 million, South America: 5 million); as well as slavery lasting much longer: Brazil until the 1880s, and Cuba until the 1890s. Also important were certain practices in slavery: in places like Cuba, unlike in North America, slaves were literally worked to death to increase the profit of the sugar trade. Since they were not bred to be sold (like in North America), fresh supplies had to be imported directly from Africa, a practice that continued in Havana until 1873. Thus Africans continued to arrive in South America constantly and much more frequently during the later period of the slave trade, maintaining their folkloric traditions through secret societies (particularly Yoruba and Kikongo) (12), producing amazing cultural hybrids such as Capoeira and music like in the videos above.
As we have seen, rhythm in America took on a very much unique and drastically different character, as result of a particular historical process, a specific evolutionary path. This can be acutely felt today: consider Hip Hop: the simple, skeletal “BOOM – BAP” beat is the modern version of foot-stomping and hand-clapping, performing the same function of time-keeping, and just as 500 years ago, complex vocal delivery (rap) fills in all the fractions of time between, imitating and substituting for drum patterns – a mutated continuation of African musical heritage.
Chicago Street Percussion:
Now we come to the grand finale, rainbow-in-the-sky, lighters-in-the-air, closing message of this long and dense story which spans half a millennium: African rhythm heritage not only survives, but THRIVES, in any hostile environment, despite every hardship, against every repressive measure, in defiance of all forces that tries to destroy it.
(01) Scaruffi, Piero. A History of Popular Music before Rock Music.
(02) Palmer, Robert. Deep Blues.
(03) Kingsbury Paul. The encyclopedia of country music: the ultimate guide to the music.
(04) Barbara Vierwo. Andy Trudeau. The Curious Listener’s Guide to the Blues.
(05) Kolchin, Peter. American Slavery,
(06) Sublette, Ned. The World that made New Orleans: from Spanish silver to Congo Square.
(07) Peñalosa, David. The Clave Matrix; Afro-Cuban Rhythm: Its Principles and African Origins.
(08) Schuller, Gunther. Early Jazz; Its Roots and Musical Development.
(11) Peñalosa, David. Rumba Quinto.
Evil twin of the last MUTANT mix of brightly hued, sun-kissed club music for endless summer nights, Meta House is heavy, narcotic. Including lots of deep techy tracks, some jacking, bassline, healthy dose of ghetto, a touch of shuffling, and material which may be in the category of “House Not House” — but as abstract or bassy as any part of it may be, i made sure that all selections are primarily, unmistakably House – all steady kicks and offbeat hi-hats.
01 Kowton – EFX01 X R.I.P AJ
02 Altered Natives – Die 4 U
03 Boddika – Steam
04 Rommek – Puffin Original
05 Thomas Meinecke & Move D – Work Me (That’s Fierce)
06 Altered Natives – Shake That feat. E.S.P.
07 Gage – Burnin
08 Boddika & Joy Orbison – Tricky’s Team
09 Rushmore – Jumpshot
10 Matrixxman – Stop It (Original Mix)
11 Randee Jean – You Got It (Dexter & Awanto 3 Mix 2)
12 Altered Natives – Friends & Lovers
13 Tom Flynn – Mr. Hedgehog
14 Kill Frenzy – Booty Clap
15 Joy Orbison, Boddika & Pearson Sound – Nil (Reece)
16 Kris Wadsworth – Mainline
17 PulseCode – Get Large
18 INdigo – Aradia
19 Dark Sky – Ruk
20 Effy – The Look
21 Boddika – Warehouse
22 Braiden – The Alps
23 Omar S – Kosmos 1402 X Nina Kraviz – I’m Gonna Get You
24 Omar S – Income Tax Refund Dance
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.
MUTANT 3 is about euphoric and summery, purely pleasurable, feel good electronic music from North America and Europe.
Encompassing classic Chicago, Deep, Acid and Tribal House as well as new-school French and UK styles, going beyond House into Bass and Garage territory with even a touch of pop. Alternately euphoric, somber, psychedelic, whimsical and sexy, This mix is the soundtrack for summer in the city.
Ngoma massive world wide need not worry, there are plenty of drums in these “Western” grooves, and plenty of Africa in the machine. To be honest it was difficult keeping all the ghetto, bassline, even more percussion driven, and crazy ill tribal jacking shit out of this — coming up next.
01 Omar S – j-a-i-p-u-r / Tony Allen – Ole (Moritz Von Oswald Remix)
02 The Zohar – Dog Day
03 Dj Qu – Party People Clap (Dj Jus Ed Remix)
04 Omar S – Here’s Your Trance Now Dance (Shadow Ray Remix)
05 Jus Ed – Down & Dirty
06 Spoonz – High In Chicago
07 Robert Hood – Motor City
08 Tin Man – S_MPL HOUSE
09 The Early Sound Collective – MS3
10 Medicis & Vanshift – Minneapolis
11 Generation Next – Full of Life
12 Simple & Thigpen – Licking
13 Percussions – KHLHI
14 Mia Dora – Jezebel
15 Dense & Pika – Crispy Duck
16 Mosca – Bax
17 Tom Zanetti – Darlin X Flight Facilities (ft. Giselle Rosselli) – Crave You (WtchDctr Remix)
18 Ossie – Tarantula
19 Octo Octa – Through The Haze
20 Ryan Wells – Dimes
21 Myrryrs – Blood of a Slave (CEDAA Remix)
22 Wiley – Skanking (The 2-Bears Remix)
23 Simon Off – Want U
24 Yosa – Desmond
25 New Devices – Everything Good (Juan Kidd and Corey Remix)
26 Martyn – Newspeak
27 Bombe – Eclipse
28 Braille – Rise
29 Walton – Every Night
30 Spoonz – 97
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/
From Soweto to Chicago, from Jakarta to Paris,
from Lagos to London, from Conakry to Berlin.
01 Tshetsha Boys – Tsekeleke Instrumental X Traxman – Geto Djz
02 Tshetsha Boys – Hi Lavaya X Dj Rashad – Get Down On the Floor
03 Thug Entrancer – Death After Life X Ground Mass Lyer – Syncopate
04 LiL JaBBa – CoLLiSioN
05 Sonido Berzerk – Blitz
06 M’bemba Bangoura – Kirin X 101 Juke
07 Le Motel – 45º34º50º – Pygmy Juke
08 Digi – Trwick
09 Digi – Black Therapy
10 Batåk – Alu-Alu Tu Mula Jadi Na Bolon X Dj Roc – Drop My Back
11 Baglady – Rockoff (Bigote Remix) X Vtgnike – Hi Fashion
12 Jumping Back Slash – Number One Big Big
13 Le Motel – 45º34º50º – Right Business
14 Ital Tek – Ultra
15 Cedaa – Zoom
16 Kode 9 – Xingfu Lu
17 Subp Yao – Dat Thing
18 Romare – I wanna Go (Turn Back)
19 Blind prophet – Ease Up (Original Mix)
20 Radar Bird – 3 O’Clock
21 Romare – Your Love (You Give Me Fever)
22 Naked Werewolf – #TheFangs
23 Dj Rashad – Deep Inside
24 Flo Rida – Get Low (Juked by Dj Nehpets)
25 EQ Why – Ghetto Booty 773 (Original Mix)
26 Dj Spinn – Fall Back
27 Tiyiselani Vomaseve – Se Naxaniseka X Dj Rashad – Hands In the Air
28 Mister Ries – The Near Future
29 Dj Rashad, MoonDoctoR & FreshtillDef – Ethno
30 Doctor Jeep – Golden Eye (Original Mix)
31 Sorie Kondi – Yalimamy
32 George Maluleke – Rioheli
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.
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Psssscht! Nicht weitersagen.
A follow up to Josh Hall’s piece “Fascism and colonialism in the work of Cut Hands and Blackest Ever Black” – published here because i seriously doubt any music publication is willing to address these very serious issues.
Even if William Bennett, a UK citizen, was not aware of this method of punishment for unruly African subjects having been administered by his own government in Kenya, about which more and more is surfacing today, he was surely aware of King Leopold’s standard practice * on Congolese rubber plantations when he chose the name Cut Hands. (* a wide spread colonial punishment not restricted to Kenya and the Congo, but also popular in the Americas, for crimes such as playing drums after they were banned, and especially in Cuba, Brazil, the Caribbean, in places such as Haiti)
There are fundamental differences between Bennett’s exploration of “human transgression” and “artistic immersion in taboo areas of human expression” (his own words) and other artists who make use of violent imagery. For example, Hermann Nitsch’s obsession with ritualistic sacrifice is not specifically related to current power imbalances in the real world, the wide spread actual violence born of these imbalances, or entangled in the dynamics and history of racism and colonialism.
William Bennett is a European working from a position of privilege afforded by the colonial spoils of his country, who makes exclusive use of the culture of the victims of colonialism, and makes a living from problematic cultural appropriation. Cut Hands almost entirely consists of direct transcriptions of rhythm patterns from the music of people formerly dominated, enslaved, tortured and murdered by Europeans, yet the context and dynamic of a European using these often sacred rhythms has never been addressed. The meaning of a white man directly appropriating the creative labor of people previously enslaved, and currently still economically exploited by white men, is not even touched on, at all, in or around the work.
Further, with the name of the project he references the widespread colonial practice in places where a lot of the rhythms he uses comes from (Haiti, for example), of punishing slaves by cutting their hands off. Elsewhere William’s work makes use of explicit images of violence suffered by Africans, while actual violence from the legacy of colonialism and enabled/sustained by current western economic imperialism has been, and still is taking place, on a massive scale, in Africa. The safe non-transparency, the alleged neutrality of “leaving the work open to interpretation”, where the artist refuses to answer any questions, reveal political motives or position, or take any kind of moral stance, in a case like this, is not only not enough, but is extremely problematic.
Is silence not consent?
When does art collude, by virtue of its silence, with the structures which sustain systematic injustice? Does the combination of depicting violence and refusal to take a position in relation to it, not reenforce structural relationships which perpetuate violence? Relationships which, for example, is indirectly but surely responsible for the violent killing of 8 million people in the Congo during past decade alone.
If one doesn’t speak out against violence and injustice perpetrated by one’s own culture, by a violent and unjust global economic system from which one benefits, while reveling in images of that violence and injustice, does it not mean pardoning or even giving tacit approval?
When does poetic license become, at best unethical shirking of responsibility, and at worst complicit in crimes against humanity?
<span style=”font-size: x-small;”>Cover of an earlier compilation of music put out by William Bennett, with fictional African artists (many have suggested that all the music on it are actually by William himself)</span>
Whether he is an actual Neo-Nazi or not is besides the point (allegedly parodic printed racist statements from the past and recent statements notwithstanding). The point is reproducing colonial attitudes as well as cynically exploiting images of wide spread suffering caused by colonialism and exploitation, in a pornographic sense. And it’s not about whether his interest or love of the music is genuine or not, it is the way he is largely presenting African music as his own, and the meanings which accrue around the context of him doing so.
If he is, as the statement on his blog says, an “anti-racist” and “anti-colonialist” and “anti-fascist”, maybe he should directly address and confront these issues in his work, and explain his reasons and meaning of using such imagery. Such music may have the potential to raise awareness of how multi-nationals have kept the Congo in conflict, for instance. He is articulate and intelligent, why not get directly involved politically and stand with the people, against injustice?
But instead he is only using the awesome power of African rhythms for self aggrandizement, while projecting his fantasies of violence onto “The Dark Continent“, which amounts to nothing more than cliche art-school libertarianism, garden-variety-Satanism, and “will to power” for sad, emasculated white men. To these people, like Boyd Rice, “Do What Thou Wilt” means doing evil, and “Beyond Good and Evil” means freedom for the privileged to exploit the powerless, with zero accountability.
In the late 1940s and 1950s the first wave of Afro-Caribbean immigrants, many of them ex-servicemen who fought, bled, and watched their friends die during WW2 for the UK, landed with their families in London. During that first winter bricks were thrown into their windows (often in bags containing shit), their homes were attacked, and there were regular assaults on their children. When the situation got really bad, they tore up bed sheets to use as bandages, used kitchen knives and broken furniture as weapons, to defend their homes and loves ones. But when these loyal colonial subjects fought back they became the primary criminals in the eyes of the police: regularly mistreated, unjustly punished, and even framed for crimes they did not commit. This is the kind of injustice and abuse faced by black people in England ever since, all the way to today’s discrimination and structural economic inequality.
These Jamaicans and Trinidadians played the music of their homeland at house parties and later in community centers which became night clubs. Events would be continually interrupted by the police, young party goers continually harassed and arrested, and the community centers would often get permanently shut down. Under these conditions, Afro-Caribbean sounds and musical sensibilities not only survived in the UK, but thrived and formed the foundation of much modern British music.
Afro-Caribbean rhythm traditions took root and spread all over England, with crucial, lasting influence: from Reggae-Rock such as the Clash and Bauhaus, to the dub infused urban electronic mutations of Garage, Dubstep, UK Funky, and of course, Jungle and Drum’n’Bass.
And these Afro-Caribbean roots are once again coming to the foreground, after almost 20 years of Drum’n’Bass history, in which much of the music was sadly ruined by fist pumping broification, the boring and repetitive testosterone of 16 year olds on crank. But now, tracks with the skeletal rhythm of 90s hard Ragga Dancehall, as well as all kinds of Africanized percussive elements, typify the NEW “new-school”, where Liquid and Neurofunk combines with the best bits of Metalheads, Jump Up, and many past styles.
Let us remember the process of struggle and legacy of conflict from which it comes, as we revel in the latest permutation of this MUTANT culture.
01 Seefeel – Ashdecon
02 Sub – history
03 Sub – Alpha
04 Genotype – Further Searching
05 ASC – TMA-1
06 Rockwell – Tribes
07 J Kenzo – One Drop
08 OM – Jaguar
09 Moresounds – Flocon (House Of Black Lanterns Remix)
10 Distal – Nose Candy
11 Dub Phizix – Yukon X Peter Tosh X Charlie Dark – The Road
12 Alix Perez feat. Riko Dan – Warlord
13 Consequence – 11 Circles
14 Loxy & Resound – Vertigo
15 Unknown artist – i.kk.eee.kkk.h.l.iii.ll.ee.lll.ddd.m.c.mm.fff.mmm.ddd.n.e.
16 Fracture – Gangbusters
17 Kryptic Minds – Burnt to Ashes
18 dBridge – A Lost Cause
19 Code 3 – Chasm
20 Alix Perez – Menacing Ways X Derrik and Tonika – Taipan
21 ASC – MOdular Concepts
22 Alix Perez – 808
23 Paradox – Paralexia
24 Ulterior Motive and Jubei – Snore Tooth
25 dBridge – Mourning Dawn
26 Zero T – Tavistoc Dub
27 dBridge & Skeptical – Move Way
28 Dabs feat. MC Kwality – Skull + Bones (Sam Binga Remix)
29 FFF – Dreamstate
30 Carvar and Clock – Miskatonik X Anonymous
31 Lorn – Tomorrow
32 Koto – Endgame
33 Seefeel – Utreat (Complete)
34 Machinefabriek – The Breaking Water X Chris Hedges
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)
01 Muslimgauze – Basra X Hossam Ramzy – Rhythms of the Nile
02 Rikslyd – Oriented
03 B-Line Brother – Souk Nationala X Maxmillion Dunbar – Casette Arabic
04 Funkineven ft. Fatima – Phoneline (Dauwd Edit) X Muslimgauze – Tuareg
05 Muslimgauze – Pale Elegant Egyptian
04 Unit Moebius – Neutral Mix
05 Hossam Ramzy – Cobra’s Dance (Fallahi Rhythm) X LV – DL Instrumental
06 Kosta Kostov – Mas Gnawa feat. MMbeki and MarcoT (Moroka Remix) X Hossam Ramzy – Rhythms of the Nile X Unknown Bellydance
07 I-Cube – Le Bon Vieux Temps
08 Acid Arab – Theme
09 Omar Souleyman – Nahy (mps PILOT Tweak)
10 Omar Souleyman – – Hefer Gabrak Bidi X Omar Souleyman – Shift Almani (Crackboy Remix)
11 Armando – 151 (Acid Arab Edit)
12 Unknown – Kiewie (Bubbling)
13 Unknown – Who’s the Paki
14 Dj Figo – Unknown
15 Uncertain X Siebert rey – Basem Triomania
16 El Diwan De Las Poetisas X Uncle Bakongo – Makonde
17 Moriphon 07 X Ill Blu – Dragon Pop
18 Muslimgauze – In The Bazaars Of Srinagar, Chuddar Clad Women Speak of Foreigner In Their Midst) X Takaaki Itoh – Slicer (Sleeparchive Remix1)
19 Muslimgauze – Bourj El Barajneh X Clapz II Dogz – Ripgroove
20 Fatima Al Qadiri – Oil Well
Feb 27 The Ritual @Panke
Feb 28 South Africa Festival @Studio 44
Mar 07 polymorphism Berghain / Panorama Bar
Mar 15 BlackBox SAVVY Contemporary
and for lovers and loners alike, i hope you enjoy these Ngoma romantic grooves on Valentines day.