Familiar club sounds of Berlin meets the Drum Sciences of the mother continent: NGOMA presents dance music of a future society that we would want our grand children to live in. Imagining a decolonized polycultural rhythm machine constructed from the plurality of our various life experiences, multiple sonic perspectives distilled, NGOMA fuses the best of many worlds for maximum mind expansion, soul elevation, and body intoxication.
LAMIN FOFANA (Sci-fi & Fantasy)
An aclaimed Techno producer from Sierra Leone via Brooklyn, whose music Pitchfork describes as “…good, very good… everything techno should be: urgent, inventive, hypnotic.” Lamin Fofana draws from his deep knowledge and broad musical experiences on 3 continents to bring us music from a mysterious, exhilirating, and blissful future.
DJ ZHAO (Ngoma Sound)
Raised in Beijing, studied in Los Angeles, and based in Berlin with a background in sound art and left field techno, Dj Zhao is a rhythm ambassador and musicologist, bringing a poly-cultural understanding of sound to his deeply percussive cross-genre sets. In addition to playing more genre specific music in setting such as Berlin’s Berghain, Dj Zhao constructs powerful vibes without borders, bringing together innovative underground club, bass, and electronic music from places such as Luanda, New Jersey, Johannesburg, London, Bogota, Chicago, Nairobi, Paris, Kairo, and Berlin: irresistable polyrhythmic energy in motion.
MISTA WALLIZ (AfroHouse Xperience)
A dopetastische Berlin selecta originally from Senegal, Mista Walliz is the brain behind awesome events such as Afro Heat and the AfroHouse Xperience. His new sets incorporates a profound passion for African electronics as well as a deep love of Techno and House.
Saturday, July 16, 11 PM – 6 AM
YAAM Berlin – An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin, Germany
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A few dopetastische events coming up, some even in Berlin!
06.10 Musik & Frieden, Berlin
06.25 Watergate, Berlin
07.01 ACUD, Berlin
07.08 TBA, Barcelona
07.10 Manglar, Madrid
09.03 NyegeNyege, Kampala
09.16 Temple, Nairobi
10.15_Step In Festival, Zanzibar City
Friday 10 June i will do a closing set of psychoactive electronic dance music from the Middle East and North Africa for the party HAFLA!, alongside other hash smoking deadly sonic assassins:
Saturday 25 June I will play an African and Africanized house set at Watergate, for the future legendary party RISE, from 2 – 4am:
On Friday 1 July I will be playing the coolest Afro-Club set at the Bombaye party at Acud, with Daniel Haacksman, Florian Sievers, and others:
Also now i can cross off RedLight Radio from to-do list… but looking forward to next time already, partly because it’s just cool to dj in a window made for working girls in lingerie to show off their goods, and right next to such windows up and down the street:
Despite nearly missing my flight home (as seems to often happen in Amesterdam… inacurate clocks due to abnormal gravitational field activity as related to low altitude? really not sure why…), it was a dope (all puns intended) ass trip:
A new series of Polyrhythmic Bass and Afrocentric Techno is born at this sweet underground spot by the spree near Schlesisches Tor with big sound.
A borderless multi-genre set for here and now: from the Tech House giant Kompakt Köln to Awesome Tapes From Africa, from Hugh Masekela to Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque, from Spiritual Jazz to Tropical Bass, from Afro Funk to Hip House, from Bollywood Acid to Cosmic Disco, a continuous deep river of polyrhythmic groove which flows through all times and places:
With a strict focus on intimate dancefloors, this mid tempo mix (along with its faster sister which will soon arrive) connects Afro-Jazz and Techno, Soul and Bass, Highlife and Electro, Disco and Ancestral drumming in ways you’ve probably not heard before.
My best quotes in the interview were left out, but still proud to be featured alongside cohorts Daniel Haacksman, Mo Laudi, and others in the Arte documentary series “Dig It”, which can be seen here.
A dope night in Lithuania frozen in wav form: a set of Africanized Bass music for cool kids in the club
Mixing and blending songs from the Indian Ocean, Yoruba Muslim ritual music, Ugandan percussion, Haitian Vodou lullabies, Lebanese Dabke, Tazania Taraab, Egyptian mystical jazz, music of the San people from the Kalihari, even some Kraut psychedelia, with grimey bass and beats. Richly layered tapestries of indigenous music and deep dub ebbs and flows, swelling into fiery bass and drums toward the end.
Nyege Nyege Festival in Jinja, Uganda, is about the infinite and timeless rhythmelodic traditions from the motherland and its myriad mutations around the globe, and their sometimes difficult to perceive but indivisible connection. It is my duty as rhythm ambassador to reveal the truth about these connections between ancient and future, between the so-called “East” and so-called “West”, in a visceral way on the dance floor; and it is what i have tried to do with this mix.
In recent times I have seen many articles such as Europeans did NOT bring shoes to Africa, The forgotten masterpieces of African modernism, and 11 Ancient African Writing Systems That Demolish the Myth that Black People were Illiterate. On one level I applaud efforts that dispel myths of the under-development of African cultures. But on another level I think articles like this are missing a crucially important point: older cultures in Africa and other places developed in different ways, formed different world views, with different concepts and different methods, cultivating different ways of life, which are often, objectively speaking, much more sophisticated, efficient, and effective, than Europe techniques. “Pre-civilized”, pre-modern, and non-Western cultures must be evaluated in their own context, on their own terms, according to their own criteria, and can not be judged according to “civilized” and modern standards, in congruence with Western definition of “achievement” and “progress”.
More extensive posts about East Africa will follow. For now, just a few photos.
Baauer and RL Grime trapping fraternity kids
On a train going through the Czech Republic, random young Swedish travelers enthusiastically told me of their love for Trap music. Kids in Ho Chi Minh City are turning the f*** up to Trap. Vice magazine has made a documentary about Trap music and the ghetto streets from where it came.
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