About ngomasound

NGOMA SOUNDSYSTEM a trio of DJ, Percussion, and Reed instruments, NGOMA Soundsystem fuses past and future, east and west, ancestral rhythms and hyper-modern sound. Ngoma Soundsystem connects the hottest dance music styles new and old from the Motherland and beyond with improvised rhythmic and melodic invention. Dynamic interplay of live instrumentation with dj and computer makes NGOMA Soundsystem a versatile and powerful musical entity operating against all fictional cultural borders and illusions of separation. ____________________________________________ DJ ZHAO DJ Zhao brings the best contemporary and classic dance music together from all five continents, with focus on Africa. With in depth selections spanning wildly different times and places, DJ Zhao’s remix and mashup work directly connects "East" and "West", acoustic and electronic, traditional and hyper-modern. Amateur ethno-musicologist and professional booty shaker, Zhao is an International Ambas...sador of BASS not only talking about, but demonstrating through raw sound experience, the underlying unity of all earth cultures. Performing solo and as part of Ngoma Sound-system with Cuban Trumpeter El Congo (Tony Allen, Jimmy Tennor) and various amazing Percussionists, DJ Zhao brings unique perspectives and vision to every event, and has performed or shared bills with artists such as Shangaan Electro, Konono No. 1 (Congo), Rhythm and Sound (DE), Cooly G (UK), Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin), Shackleton (UK), Pan Sonic (Finland), etc. Born and Raised in Beijing, China, and active as DJ and sound curator in the US since 2000, Zhao has organized critically acclaimed long running events focusing on Improvisation and Sound Art as well as Techno. After relocating to Berlin, Germany, and starting the Ngoma collective, Zhao has been performing regularly at clubs and festivals including: FESTIVALS: ____________________________________________ Fusion Festival (DE) EXIT Festival (Serbia) Incubate Festival (NL) Solar Weekend Festival (NL) Ethnoport Festival (PL) [UN]Defined Festival (Merano, Italy) AT.Tension Festival (Berlin, DE) CLUBS: ____________________________________________ Berghain (Berlin, DE) Horst (Berlin, DE) Cassiopeia (Berlin, DE) Jackie Terrasse (Berlin, DE) YAAM (Berlin, DE) Klub K (Heidelberg, DE) UT Connewitz (Leipzig, DE) Palác Akropolis (Prague, CZ) ____________________________________________ booking: ngomasound@gmail.com

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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)
https://soundcloud.com/laminfofana
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)
https://soundcloud.com/djzhao
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)
https://soundcloud.com/mista-wallizz
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.

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Saturday, July 16, 11 PM – 6 AM

YAAM Berlin –  An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin, Germany

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High Times and Beyond

A few dopetastische events coming up, some even in Berlin!

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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
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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:

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Saturday 25 June I will play an African and Africanized house set at Watergate, for the future legendary party RISE, from 2 – 4am:

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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:

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And last week in Holland was great:  Danse Danse Festival in Amsterdam with the Africaine 808 brothers, and at the world famous RASA with the homie Maga Bo.

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:

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VOODOOISM

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1589940924667453/

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Lamin Fofana (Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
dj zhao (Ngoma Soundsystem)
Qumasiquamé (Through My Speakers)
Sheikh (SOUL FUTURE BASS)

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FUSION 8 – Secrets of the Sun

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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.

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NYEGE NYEGE Festival Official Mix

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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.

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WAYS OF LIFE 2: Another Perspective

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”.

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Sat: Savane / Sun: Rename

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 5.06.57 PMJoin 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

Mstr.RenameAnd 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