FUSION 4 – Djinn Bass

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Grounded in the rhythmic traditions and tonal language of North Africa and the Middle East*, Djinn Bass fuses Sufi Ritual Music and Club Beats, Sacred Egyptian Hymns and Abstract Dub, Classic Rai and Dubstep, Turkish Taqsim and Tech House, Moroccan Chaabi anthems and Tribal Electro.  Ouds, Flutes, and Darbukas mix and blend with electronic pulse; vocal refrains underpinned by digital bass, sometimes chopped, looped, and dubbed out.  Decidedly anti short-attention-span, as the FUSION series have increasingly become, the tracks are long because duration is essential for the ecstatic and immersive nature of this music.

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01 Georges Kazazian-Sagate Tassabih + Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Pattern 4
02 Salam E Varzesh – E Bastani + Sideshow – African Cherry (Zhao Extended Edit)
03 Farhang Sharif – Pishdaramad Homayoun + J Kenzo-Conqueror
04 Yaşar Akpençe – Kings of Tomorrow + Jason Cheiron – Afrotastico
05 Unknown – Sultana + Doomwork-Isla
06 Flutes Gasba Du Nord – Est De L’Algerie + Uncle Bakongo – Makonde
07 Es’lam Yfattar_VS_Dj Gregory-Elleeol Ritual (Zhao Percussive Mix)
08 Cheikha Rimitti – Mohammed Ay Sidi + Dj Jeroenski – African nights + Roska – Squark
09 Tabla Voyage – Tablat Barhum + Roska – Jackpot
10 Nass El Ghiwane – Salif Albattar + Zombie Disco Squad – The Dance
11 Nass El Ghiwane – Iahmami + Raw Artistic Soul-Keep On Shining
12 Scarab – Fall of The Towers of Convention + Dead Can Dance – Saldek + Foiledtorsos – The Specialist
13 Ali Hassan Kuban – Walla Abshero + Malente & Dex – Bangkok (James Braun & Dan M Remix)
14 Birol Yayla & Şenol Filiz – Outro

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*for a different take on North African and Arabic flavors, get into NGOMA 9.

Electro Gamelan

a brilliant Electronic Gamelan mix by Nautilus Sound from Australia.  beautiful as it is suspenseful, subtle and powerful, totally epic.  includes all kinds of tasty Nu-Gamelan (lol) treats from Downtempo Gamelan to Gamelan-Step to Tribal Gamelan Tech to even Junglist jump up Gamelan.

Komodo, Sofa Surfers and Jam’N Mix
Dj Zhao – Unknown Indonesian Traditional + Spring Water
Monkey Chant Traditional
Resident’s – Santa Dog
System 7 – Borobudur
Komodo – Shadow Dance
Gamelan X – Flutterswarm
Komodo – Bali Dub
Tomosuke – Gamelan de Couple
System 7 = Simon X Files
Dj Zhao – Deadbeat+ Lost Luggage
Sevish – Islands

Chichaton!

Sweet and groovy little 30 minute set of Chichaton, that psychedelic Peruvian Cumbia and Guaracha sound we all love with extra Moom sauce, by the Estropical Explorer Funklore DJ (who also writes for Norient); made with tender loving care while wearing only the finest hats of Latin America.

01. Aniceto y sus Fabulosos – Mi Gran Noche
02. Los Wemblers de Iquitos – Lamento del Yacuruna
03. Los Wemblers de iquitos – Un Silbido Amoroso
04. Los Mirlos – Cumbia de los Mirlos
05. Grupo Celeste – Mi Lamento
06. Tulio Enrique León – Cumbia Algarrobera (this one is actually from venezuela, not peru)
07. Manzanita – Serrano con Orgullo
08. Los Mirlos – Chinito en Cumbia
09. Los Orientales – La Danza del Mono

PIA Official Mix

In the era of branded lifestyle packaging, still sometimes something happens which makes us question our ideas of who makes/listens to what, what that means, where the lines are drawn, how this informs the construction of social identity, whose values are projected by which aesthetic, and which “genres” are assigned to what class and ethnic group.  I think the release of this documentary film may be one of those times, and i hope this mix which goes with it is one of those things, demonstrating the connectedness between Rock and Roll and its African roots, between power chords and dance beats, between decades past and today, between defiant youth in London and defiant youth in Zimbabwe – and that the same rhythmic blood and spirit of revolt runs in all of our veins.

these 75 minutes include exclusive mashups and re-edits, and go from Punk to heavily Africanized Rebel Rock to Post-Punk, Dance-Punk, Political Dub, Punk Step, 60s Afro-Garage Techno, Bass Music and beyond, features remixes of Congotronics and a couple of tunes not from the motherland, but surely in keeping with the Afro-Punk spirit.

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01 [South Africa] National Wake – Black Punk Rockers
02 [South Africa] National Wake – Mercenaries
03 [South Africa] KOOS – Is Jy N Moegoe
04 [South Africa] National Wake – Dreams In My Head
05 [Zimbabwe] Chikwata 263 – Dudumduri
06 [South Africa] Dread Warriors – Xighangu Xamina
07 [South Africa] National Wake – Tchindi (live]
08 [UK] Andy Moor – From E to F + Pinch – Warlord
09 [South Africa] Kalahari Surfers – Don’t Dance (Live) + Bass Boy – Stamp
10 [DR Congo] Docteur Nico & African Fiesta – Save Me
11 [Mozambique] 340ML – Shotgun (Zhao Fix)
12 [Zimbabwe] Evicted – Mapurisa (Remix) –
13 [Zimbabwe] Chikwata 263 – In the Jungle
14 [South Africa] National Wake feat. Warrick Sony – Bolina (Kalahari Mix) + Cyrus – Manhatten Blues
15 [UK] Andy Moor – Ella Speed + Unknown
16 [DR Congo] Kasai Allstars – The Incident At Mbuji-Mayi (Bass Clef Remix)
17 [DR Congo] Kasai Allstars – Mukuba Special (Shackleton Remix)
18 [France / UK] DJ Rupture & Andy Moor – Broken Minded
19 [South Africa] Powerage – Waiting For the War
20 [South Africa] Powerage – Freedom + FilthyBeatz – Bounced
21 [Angola] Acromaniacos – unknown
22 [South Africa] KOOS – Ek Is My Dilemma
23 [South Africa] Fuzigish – Burn the Fucking House Down
24 [South Africa] Wild Youth – All Messed Up
25 [South Africa] Wild Youth – Wot About Me
26 [Tanzania] Jagwa Sound System – Watu na Maisha Yao
27 [South Africa] A-Cads – Down The Road
28 [South Africa] The Dynamics – Garlic Baloney

thanks to the following blogs for support!!!

Guardian Music, Afropop, OkayAfrica, Tropical Bass, Rhythm & Roots, Future Legends, Have Plenty, WonderMaa, Dynamic Africa

NGOMA 11 – Northern Tropikal

Rhythms born of the tropics grow up in colder urban climates:  A re-newed attention to percussion is appearing on the many different shores of Northern Hemisphere electronic dance music; as a new generation of artists in the US and Europe channel, re-interpret, and recontextualize Afro-diasporic drumming traditions according to their own local sensibilities, reaching to complete the mother continents’ circle of musical influence.

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In Detroit and Chicago intricate percussive patterns are growing right between the rigid 4-on-the-floor, snare-on-the-2 beat. Evolving directly from street level forms such as Ghetto-Tech and Booty-House, new drum sounds integrate with the cold and hard latices of industrialized assembly line structure – among others, the exceptional track by The Grizzl and J. Phlip is a perfect example.  interlocking microscopic beat segments by Afrikanized robot drummers are revitalizing increasingly impoverished styles like Hip Hop and Techno, machines under duress reaching new states of intensity.   Juke may be a freak mutation, a strange autistic grand child of Afrikan music with a mechanical brain and artificial limbs, and is itself giving birth to new hybrid styles both at home in the US and abroad (many of the tracks here fall in this one-step-removed category of Juke-inspired music).  Addison Groove brings streamlined house tempo footwork; while Chicago artists like Wheez-ie and Brenmar from the Movelt Posse come with their Juke inflected club music sometimes more informed by Afrikan urban music than anything from America – one listen to 28 – Bak it In or 16 – So High will convince you.

In Europe, the UK-Funky movement is in full swing, with its obviously Afro-Caribbean derived beat propelling the dance forward, represented here by mainstays  Roska and Doc Daneeka.  in Germany artists like Mode Selector, Dark Sky, and Schlachthofbronx are formulating their own Afro-Teutonic sonic worlds, sometimes reflecting the cold and sun-deprived climate of their homeland.   There are also micro strands of European producers making direct interpretations of Afrikan styles such as Angolan Kuduro, exemplified here by Diamond Bass and Portuguese artist Roulet.  Besides proponents working within genre delineations, there are many exploring unclassifiable areas between them.  For example UKG legends Bias and Gurley’s “Roll” remixed by Blackdown is a frankenstein monster borne of Garage and Juke, Sampology with the epic and all encompassing “Transatlantic Skanking Dub”, and Gremino and Baobinga & I.D.’s hard edged mutant Afro-Bass.

Northern Tropikal is either the lastest chapter of the continuing story of the original Afrikan pulse spreading, pollinating, multiplying, or “western” urban nomads accessing deep memories of Motherland rhythm heritage within the harsh reality of concrete jungles.  Which ever perspective you choose, one thing is clear:  Afrikanized Killer Beats are on the swarm.

01 Intro Feat. The Ill Saint
02 Bias & Gurley – Roll (Blackdown’s A Debt Repaid Remix)
03 Photek – U.F.O. (Addison Groove remix)
04 Addison Groove – Make Um Bounce
05 Dark Sky – The Lick
06 The Grizzl And J. Phlip – Bakupgrl
07 Modeselector – Art & Cash (Roska Remix)
08 Wireless Sound – Chicago
09 Lars Moston & Philipe de Boyar – So Sick (Douster Remix)
10 Randomer & Fife – No Sleep
11 Headhunter – Locus Lotus
12 Roska & Untold – Long Range
13 Diamond Bass – Stereotype
14 BD1982 – Calenture (Pacheko Remix)
15 Brenmar – At It Again
16 Brenmar – So High
17 AC Slater & Mumdance – Transatlantic Riddim (Instrumental)
18 Sampology – Transatlantic Skanking Dub
19 Doc Daneeka – Drums In the Deep
20 Pariah – The Slump + XXXY – Constant
21 Same Tiba – Barbie Weed + Onyenze – Onwa Nna Na Nwa – (Schlachthofbronx Remix)
22 Brenmar – Like It Like That
23 Dillon Francis – Westside
24 Onyenze – Onwa Nna Na Nwa – (Schlachthofbronx Remix)
25 Gremino – Ruffness
26 Baobinga & I.D. – Tongue Riddim
27 Addison Groove – This Is It + Berou & Canblaster – Kapongo Dance
28 Wheez-ie – Bak It In
29 Rusko – Cockney Thug (Buraka Som Sistema Remix) + Dj Assault – Ass ‘n’ titties
30 Buckfunk 3000 and Si Begg – High Volume (VIP Mix)
31 Makongo – Angolan Kung Fu (Dubbel Dutch Remix) + Dj Godfather I Keep Bangin The Beat
32 Roulet – Oasis
33 Scuba – Ruptured (Surgeon remix)
34 30Hz Mutate(d) (Pinch Re-work) / Outro Feat. The Ill Saint

NGOMA Mix 9 – الخلود

NGOMA 9 focuses on North Africa and the Middle East: on the other side of the Sahara, African rhythms become more angular, colder; and the tones deeper, ominously darker, in what we in the west call “minor keys”.  Mostly comprising of killer classics from several different eras and regions, sometimes re-fixed and mashed up: Egyptian darbuka meets Kraftwerk, Palestinian electric oud spiced with Afro drums, Israeli folk music with the moonbah treatment.  Also included are some relatively contemporary groups like the unique pan-Arabic electro-dub outfit Checkpoint 303, as well as diasporic sounds like Algerian expat Hiphop made in France.

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Algerian and Moroccan Rai is central to this mix, including Cheikha Rimitti’s huge hit Ana Ou Ghzali, and 2 awe inspiring pieces by Cheba Fadela which were re-issued by Factory Records (Manchester) in 1986.  Songs by Hassan Houssini, Reda Taliani, and Cheba Zahouania in a more traditional desert tribal style are more energetic, and make up the ecstatic frenzied peak.  Rai is an immersive experience: once you are in the grips of this music and its trance-like states, it is a force which will not let go, but keeps spiraling, like the dervishes, for ever — music non stop.

The Arabic title means “Eternity”, and it describes both the timeless quality of these grooves, as well as the mystical feeling they sometimes encompass: transcending the here and now, and touching, if for but a few fleeting moments, something outside our human limitations, constant and without end.

01 [Morocco] Nour Eddine – Talaa Albadrou Alaina (The Full Moon) (intro)
02 [UK] Muslim Gauze – Afghans (Rev. V.01) (transition)
03 [Palestine/Tunisia] Checkpoint 303 – Hawiya Dhay (Dj Zhao Afro Drums edit)
04 [Egypt/Germany] Hossam Ramzy + Kraftwerk – A Step in Time (Dj Zhao Non Stop Edit)
05 [Israel/France/Unknown] Ora Sittner & Youval Micenmacher – Debqà Rafiah + Peter Bucci, Sammim – Hay Consuelo (Obeyah Edit)
06 [Algeria] Cheikha Rimitti – Ana Ou Ghzali
07 [Egypt/Germany] Hossam Ramzy – Fallahi Rhythm (Desert Rhythm) + Furesshu – Tel Aviv
08 [Morocco] Oriental Angel – Jammin With the Snake
09 [Thurkia/Unknown] Harem – Darbouka Solo + Band Apach – Desert Energy
10 [Lebanon/Australia] Wadih Mrad – Da3 El Hawa + Sampology – Piggy Bank (Gnucci Swick Remix)
11 [Unknown] Unknown – Saida
12 [Iran] Yasmin – Kalil I Hila
13 [Lebanon] Said Mrad – Esmerim
14 [Algeria] Najim – Raha Walete
15 [Algeria] Rohff ft Mohamed Lamine – Trop D’energie
16 [Algeria] Reda Taliani – Partir Loin
17 [Morocco] Rayan & Rima – Dana Dana
18 [Algeria] Cheba Zahouania – Yana Yana
19 [Morocco] Hassan Houssini – Eleil Eleil
20 [Algeria] Cheba Fadela – Ateni Bniti (Part One)
21 [Algeria] Cheba Fadela – N’Sel Fik
22 [Algeria] Warda Djaou – Lamouni
23 [Morocco] Nour Eddine – Talaa Albadrou Alaina (The Full Moon) (outro)

ICAS Suite: Africa Is the Future / Spieltrieb

MONARCH 21.00 Uhr / SATURDAY 10.9.2011 / 7 €
Berlin Music Week, Club Transmediale/ICAS Suite and Les Siestes Electroniques presents: AFRICA IS THE FUTURE

DJ Zhao (CN/US, Ngoma Soundsystem)  http://soundcloud.com/djzhao

Secousse Sound System (FR, Etienne Tron & Mo DJ, DJ) http://soundcloud.com/secousse

Jess & Crabbe (FR, Mental Groove, DJ) http://www.mentalgroove.ch/press/bazzerk/

this is the way it went down:

and after that dj Zhao will be doing a set from 2AM – 3:30 at this:

SPIELTRIEB
Kultmucke und Klangkost stürmen den Brunnen70, um euch mit den heißesten Klängen zu versorgen.

Saturday at 10:00pm – 10:00am
Brunnenstraße 70, 13355 Berlin
Eintritt 10 € | viele Specials | Alles kann – nichts muss! 😉
__Silent Pressure
__DJ Zhao
__A Skitzo
__Beatshock (Balkantronika)

FUSION 3: house of Eshu

In Yoruba spiritual traditions (contemporary Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria) as well as its descendant Afro-diasporic faiths like Vodou, Santeria/Lukumi and Candomble, Eshu is the divine messenger between Gods and Man, the gatekeeper, protector of travelers, guardian of the Crossroads, offering choices and reveals possibilities.  Often identified by the number three, and the colours red & black, Eshu represents the balance of nature, Day and night, creation and destruction, old age and youth.  Yet more than conduit between this and other worlds, Eshu is also a spirit of Chaos and a devious trickster, playing games and serving up mischief with the ultimate aim of waking people up and teaching them lessons.

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So, in the spirit of Eshu, FUSION 3 represents the balance between traditional and modern, “east” and “west”, listening and dancing. This mashup album stands at the crossroads between the musical worlds of Yoruba talking steel drums, Cuban piano, Indonesian Gamelan, Cameroon Mbira (thumb piano), Black Panther poetry, South African Jazz, etc., and the House and Techno club sounds of today.

I think it will play a few tricks on minds which insist on seeing the world in discontinuously separate compartments.

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01 [Nigeria/Germany] Etubom Rex Williams – Uwa Idem Mi <> Maurizio – M1
02 [Pan-Africa/USA] Guem & Zaka – L’Abeille <> Oasis – One
03 [Indonesia/Cuba] Django Mango – the wisdom of the fool <> Fast Vision Soul – Babatunde
04 [Burundi/South Africa] Chant d’enfant accompagne d’un arc musical umuduri <> Spikiri feat. Hugh Masekela – Spiyanko Bonus Beats
05 [Nigeria/UK] Wahabi Arowoshila – Gbogbo Musulumi Ododo (Fuji) <> Hector and Bryant – Tension
06 [Cameroon/Germany] Frances Bebey – Africa Sanza <> Basti Grub – oma vovo
07 [Cameroon/UK] Frances Bebey – Bameda <> AudioFly – Sweeter Than
08 [Indonesia/Germany] Sambasunda – Sumimaula <> Liapin – BlackMamba
09 [USA/Italy] Sarah Webster Fabio – Glimpses / Nigger Sweat <> Double Dash – Mas
10 [Nigeria/UK] Madam Mujidat Ogunfalu & Her Waka Group – Ololo Nise Awo Won Ni <> Chris Wood and Frank Leicher – Into the Jungle
11 [South Africa/USA] Ricky Rimbiandarison  –  Imamohamana Dry (The Wake Up Drum) <> Cpen – African Jack
12 [Ghana/USA] Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann – Funky Hi-Life <> Yonurican – Lucha Machete (Ricardo Miranda Drum Mix)
13 [Mali] Oumou Sangare – Yala (Zhao Fix)
14 [Ghana/Netherlands] Guy Warren – BUILSA <> Gregor Salto – Classic Beat
15 [USA/Nigeria] Sarah Webster Fabio – Boss Soul <> Osunlade  –  Native Tongue
16 [Mali/Sweden] Ahmed Fofana – Balani <> Jamtech Foundation – Too Fast (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
17 [Ethiopia/Germany] Bole 2 Harlem – Home <> Booka Shade – Hide and Seek In Geishas Garden

FUSION 2 – Ancestral Dubient

Traditional and contemporary music from 5 continents, 25 countries, mashed up, refixed, and dubbed out.

Whereas the first Fusion volume was global traditional music fused with Dubstep and Grime, this second one clocks in at 105 BPM and explores the marriage of ancestral sounds and mid-tempo dancehall/moonbahton/hiphop derived beats.  Some of the juxtapositions include Mongolian Throat Singing with screwed Techno, Uzbek vocal pop with Norwegian Skweee, Tribal African chanting over Hiphop, and Brazillian tinged percussion with Angolan Urban Beats.  The mood is often overcast and cloudy with occasional bursts of heavy thunderstorms.

The FUSION series is decidedly more for listening compared to the dancefloor oriented NGOMA series, but there are certainly some bangers in here for you to  scrunch up your face to, alongside more tripped out and lyrical numbers.

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01 [Ghana] Gordon Odametey – Flying Gods (Zhao Edit)
02 [Liberia] Seku Bundah, Troupe, and Townsmen of Jonjah – Topical Song (Zhao Edit)
03 [Cameroon/France] Francis Bebey – Binta Madialio >< Agoria – Solarized (dub mix)
04 [Turkey/UK] Yaşar Akpençe – Dreams >< Demdike Stare – Haxan Dub
05 [Unknown Africa/SA] Unknown – Patricia >< Sibot – Famon Nigiri
06 [Malaysia/Germany] Anggi anak Alang, Entirong Bayang , Enggang anak Sandom, Kira anak Rabong – Serunal/Taboh >< Log – Out 2
07 [Colombia/Spain] Cumbia Moderna De Soledad – Shacalao >< Lerosa and Donato – acid snake
08 [Algeria/USA] Flûtes-gasba du Nord-Est de l’Agérie – Hwa Mrabet Did Chabbi >< Omar D – Busaru Beats
09 [Nubia] Al-Nûbatiyya – Mann Koudoud Toa Yaa Naas (Zhao Edit)
10 [Morrocco] Unknown – Unknown (Zhao Edit)
11 [Egypt] Ahmad Adaweya – Salametha Omm Hassan (Zhao Edit)
12 [Algeria] Unknown – Danse Bédouine (Zhao Edit)
13 [Nigeria/Angola] Guem & Zaka – Nostalgie >< Dj Maginho – TarraxO 100 percent Agressivo
14 [Brazil/Angola] No Sapatinho – Batugue >< dj nuxito – nova inspiracio
15 [UK/Japan] Ian Middleton – Cycle AND Sakuteiki – Viewing Infinite Space
16 [USA/Japan] Dubadelic – Rise of the Fall >< Sakuteiki – Viewing Infinite Space
17 [Syria/UK] Lena Chamamian – Sariri Hovim Mernem >< King Midas Sound – I Dub
18 [Mongolia/Spain] Black Horse – Chingges Khaanii magtaal (with huumii) >< Lerosa and Donato – Gas Snake
19 [Uzbekistan/Sweden] Yulduz Usmanova – Schoch Va Gado >< Daniel Savio – Tough Guy Music

FUSION 1

the FUSION series are mash-up and re-edit albums fusing global traditional music and modern bass/beats. if you’ve ever wondered what Digital Gamelan is like, or what Capetown gospel singers sound like in London Ghettos, or how Robots would play Ethiopian Jazz…

erasing lines, fusing edges, reconnecting all mutations, permutations, lost strains, divided strands, and myriad variations of the deeper-than-we-remember roots from which we all come. limits are arbitrary, borders are lies, separation is illusion.

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01 Intro
02 Indonesia traditional – Spring Water X Deadbeat – Lost Luggage
03 Indonesia traditional – Morning Sun X itoa – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart’s Dub Band
04 Balwinder Safri – Karve Da Din X 2562 – Basin Dub
05 Iran Traditional – Zeybek X Dj Hatcha – Chillz
06 The Mahotella Queens – Muntu Wesilisa X Wiley – Bang Bang Instrumental
07 Turkia Traditional – Kervan X L-Wiz – Fruit Shop
08 Indonesia Traditional – Sanda Kandung X Grime instrumental
09 Benga – Half Ounce X Burundi Traditional bernadette ii
10 Indonesia Traditional – Ngantosan X Mark One – Slang
11 Huseyin Ali Riza Albayrak – Ey Zahid X Danny Weed – Dirty Den
12 African Headcharge – Belinda X Blir – 19_4_04
13 Akhenation – 361 Degrees X Kode 9 – Magnetic City
14 Toshinori Kondo – Fukotsu X Pinch – Qawwali
15 Indonesia Traditional X L-Wiz – Fruit Shop
16 The Mahotella Queens – Ndodana Yolahleko X Skream – Skunkstep
17 Circle – Memo X Even Order ???
18 Hiripsime – ces femmes qui me ressemblent X Cyrus – Random Trio – Bounty
19 Hijak – Nightmares X ø – Toisaalia
20 Ana Whabibi – Mahmoud Fadi (interlude)
21 The Mahotella Queens – Amezemula X Iron Soul – Slo Moshun
22 African Headcharge – Run Come Saw X DQ1 – Wear The Crown
23 Indonesia Traditional – Padang Magek X Omen – Rebellion
24 Mulatu Astatge – Kulunmanqueleshi X Dj Hatcha – Just a Rift
25 Loka – Fire Shepherds X L-Wiz – Fruit Shop
26 Loka – Fire Shepherds X Kion Zindagi
27 La Chat Playa – Gangsta Forever X DJ Wonder – What
28 Rove X Vex’d – Destruction
29 Armenia Traditional – Boulbouli Hid (Le Chant du Rossignol) X L-Wiz – Sub
30 Turkia Traditional – Cagirayim Seni X Shackleton – Blood On My Hands

RADIO NGOMA 1-8

the first 8 volumes in this Reboot.fm radio series.  for tracklisting please go to the soundcloud pages for each show.  to download of course simply click the downward aarow on the right side of the player for each show.

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RADIO NGOMA 1 – Live from Krakow

RADIO NGOMA 2 – Mid Tempo Trip Around the World

RADIO NGOMA 3 – Moody Booty

RADIO NGOMA 4 – Righteousness and Rudeness (Reggae Special)

RADIO NGOMA 5 – Ancestral Rhythms

RADIO NGOMA 6 – Afro Futurism

RADIO NGOMA 7 – Global Dub Resistance

RADIO NGOMA 8 – Trans-Atlantic Rhythm Passage


Chop Chop Akwaaba Supermix!

The super awesome and diverse Akwaaba asked me to do a mix to represent the first 2 years of their existence, and it was a challenge. The releases cover a wide range of both classic and modern sounds — how was i going to move from Malian roots to African Salsa to Kwaito, Hiplife, Afro-pop, Jazz, Funk, House and Kuduro? This is what i came up with. enjoy!

01 Baro – Ahmed Fofana
(from AKW001 VA – Akwaaba Wo Africa)
02 Alou Sangare Buranke – Kana Mine Mogo Kan Man
(from AKW006 Alou Sangare Buranke)
03 Mamou Sidibe – Noumou
(from AKW004 Mamou Sidibe – Djougouya)
04 Just a Band – Tingiza Kichwa
(from AKW015 Just a Band – 82)
05 Skeat – Basimanyana mamela Meroapa
(from AKW018 Skeat – Basimanyana Mamela Meroapa)
06 Iba Diabate – Sow
(from AKW013 Iba Diabate – Mouna)
07 Appietus – Ma Alomo (featuring KK Fosu & Reggie Zippy)
(from AKW020 Appietus – The Revolution)
08 Killamu – Vai Con Calma
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face)
09 Killamu – Não aceito, não
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face
10 Michel Pinheiro – Femme
(from AKW007 Michel Pinheiro – Agoh)
11 Bradez – One gallon
(from AKW001 Akwaaba Wo Africa
12 Quabena Philip – Wadaade Me
(from AKW002 VA – Move It Chaleh!)
13 Appietus the Revolution – Essabel (featuring Old Sodja & Mike)
(from AKW020 Appietus – The Revolution)
14 Ruff n Smooth – Swagger (feat. Stay Jay)
(from AKW023 Ruff’n’Smooth – Life Is Rough and Smooth)
15 Iba Diabate – Iba Nana
(from AKW013 Iba Diabate – Mouna)
16 Jali Bakary – Combination
(from AKW016 Jali Bakary Konteh Konteh Kunda)
17 Rabbi – Wedding
(from AKW002 VA – Move It Chaleh!)
18 Skeat – Dumelang
(from AKW018 Skeat – Basimanyana Mamela Meroapa)
19 DJ Djeff feat Maskarado – Elegom Bounsa
(from AKW024 DJ Djeff feat Maskarado – Elegom Bounsa)
20 Ruff n Smooth – Azingele feat. S.K. Blinks
(from AKW023 Ruff’n’Smooth – Life Is Rough and Smooth)
21 Killamu – Melodia De Semba
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face)
22 Killamu – Flaminguinho
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face)
23 Killamu – Yuya
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face)24 Killamu – Tchilu
25 Noite e Dia – Tiramakossa
(from AKW010 VA – Akwaaba Sem Transporte)
26 Just a Band – Kaa Ridho
(from AKW015 Just a Band – 82)
27 Jali Bakary – Kelefa
(from AKW016 Jali Bakary Konteh Konteh Kunda)

NGOMA MIX 10 – Umlilo

Umlilo means fire in Zulu, and this mix takes us back to the Dirty South for a scorching ride through raw township sound. Exchanging smooth for ruff, Umlilo focuses on the connection between ghetto Rap and current Electro, between modern SA House and its Kwaito roots.

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Futurism in Africa never disconnected at all from the body: sound design does not become a solipsistic end in itself (even though every timber and texture is perfection itslef); song form stays 100% intact in the electronic club music format; and the beats never bang on aimless and without purpose — robust machine groove reinterprets but absolutely incarnates the magic and essence of timeless rhythmic tradition.

regarding the first song:  what kind of church drops sick bass like this?? (sign me up!)

01 Dj Killer – Church Song feat. Chaka Chukwu
02 Big Nuz – Superman
03 Xavatha (Woza Chynaman)DJ Clock ft. Big Nuz, Tzozo & Sox
04 Big Nuz – Ungesabi (remix)
05 Zola – Khokhovula
06 Big Nuz – Izinja feat Tira and Tzozo
07 TKZee – Fella Kae
08 CNDO – Seducer feat. Tira & Big Nuz
09 Mgo – Yes
10 DJ What What – Unknown
11 Unknown – Woza Durban
12 Dj Sbu – Vuvuzela Bafana
13 Dj Vetkuk Vs Mahoota – Cina Feat. Dj Killer
14 Dj Skzi VS Big Dawg – Mbeleke
15 Dj Cleo – Egyptian Drum
16 B.O.P – Bop Killer [Featuring Zulu & Costa]
17 Dj Cleo – Akulalwa
18 Penny Penny & Joe – Nkosi
19 Mafikizolo – Sibongile
20 B.O.P. – Life’ Iskorokoro
21 Dj Cleo – Ndizayitya Lemali

NGOMA MIX 8 – Saudade

Historically the Afro-Caribbean connection has produced so much amazing music about romantic love. Particularly, Angola and Cape Verde has developed specific strands of musical expression which focus on a special feeling: that of loss and longing, of desire and nostalgia, of love mixed with sadness. (an example most are familiar with would be the Cape Verdean Morna artist Cesaria Evora) I believe that the best love songs in the world are actually about the lack of love, and this mix focuses on music both sexy and deeply emotional.

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Since Zouk arrived (back) in Africa from the Guadeloupe and Martinique islands, where rhythms and melodies of the African “expats” mixed with Rumba, Calypso, Gwo Ka, Compas, Reggae, and even Salsa (and where they must have looked across the ocean with infinite longing for home), it has since been influenced by another deeply emotional music: Portugese Fado. Long story short, during the last few decades Zouk, Kizomba, and related styles have become IMMENSELY popular and ubiquitous in many parts of Africa.

But, sadly, we all know what this kind of huge commercial success does to a genre: it becomes cheap and watered down, and quantity replaces quality. Thus 99% of the modern Zouk and Kizomba we encounter today is tacky and paltry rubbish of incredibly bad taste, garishly saccharine instead of deeply moving like the Zouk of bygone years. Yet in this sordid state of affairs there are artists who are producing music which retain more than a touch of the golden years, making songs that are soul stirring as they are irresistible on the modern dance floor. So if one digs deeper, there IS such a thing as good contemporary Zouk and Kizomba: this is what i hope to convince people of, especially long time lovers of African music who have given up on these genres.

01 DJ Rams – Intro
02 Rei Helder – Miu’da (feat. Master Jake)
03 Rei Helder – Ventoinha (feat. Nelson Freitas)
04 Aleluia – 69 Anos De Idade  Aleluia
05 Chico Viegas – Ta kieto
06 Quatros Plus – Slow Motion
07 Babete – Tarraxinha Da Noite
08 Dj Rams – Remake (feat. Sasha Grey)
09 Dj Znobia – Tarraschinha Proibida / Quero Te Sentir
10 Mulatu Astatke – Motherland
11 Malcom Pro – Love is Back
12 Unknown – Unknown
13 Georges Pionquitte – Pa Ni Koko
14 Chico Viegas – Saudades
15 Chico Viegas – Te juro amor
16 Marízia – Unknown
17 Mobass – Unknown
18 Unknown – Unknown
19 Master Jake – Carinho
20 Manya – Bola De Trapo
21 Chico Viegas – Samba makia
22 Chico Viegas – Mu d’zomba
23 Cabinda A Cunene – Bana
24 Falso Testemunho – Maria Alice
25 Sol Na Tchada – Maria Alice
26 Michel Pinheiro – SOS Enfants Soldats
27 Juana Molina – Tres Cosas


NGOMA MIX 7 – Hard Ass

Not sure what Kuduro means in the Kimbundu language of northern Angola, but its colorful translation in Portuguese is in some ways fitting of the music in both form and theme. Still, even though a lot of the music is hard, and a lot of the songs about fucking, the phrase is very much limited in describing the rich layers of word and sound, and becomes reductionist if taken only at face value. Kuduro can also be playful, humorous, soulful, emotional, ominous, scary, joyful, celebratory, and uplifting. It is also sonically adventurous in radical ways, fearless in its pushing and often destruction of dance music’s aesthetic boundaries, in ways often more bold and creative than sound-design obsessed electronic music from North America or Europe: from sweet accordions to reckless synths, from 8-bit game console palettes to near industrial noise, from samples distorted way beyond recognition to some of the deepest basslines in the world. And the vocals are just as wildly diverse: from “normal” singing to what sounds like children rapping to animalistic growling, grunting, yelling.

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The many different flavors of Kuduro come from both its roots as well as later influence: mainly evolving from Batida rhythms (itself a fusion of African, Brazilian, and Caribbean traditions) of the 1980s, Kuduro has since branched out to sometimes incorporate elements from many other styles including Cape Verdean Funaná, Coupé-Décalé from France and the Ivory Coast, Afro-Brazilian percussion, Western Hiphop and Techno. A concise example of this melting of tradition, current club culture, and sonic experimentation might be track 28: Batida – Tribalismo Com Sacerdote, in which what sounds like distorted Mbiras (thumb piano) coexist with Angolan rap, furious rave energy and absolutely mental synth lines which verge on noise.

And speaking of Western Hiphop and Techno, this mix adopts quite a few Detroit Ghetto-Tech and Chicago Juke samples, to draw parallels between inner-city Afro-diaspora underground and African urban sound. Because, at least from where i’m standing, the Parallels are many: relentless and insistent focus on rhythm; use of repetition past the point of monotony in becoming pure abstraction; fast tempo and intensity pushing the dancefloor near breaking-point; gritty, raw, and unpolished sound; and finally, ruthless libidinal energy which defies any attempts at restraint.

Also, besides a few entirely unexpected and thrilling use of cultural pastiche in the songs themselves, there are 2 of my mashups here: track 16 which incorporates Indonesian Jaipong drums and track 35 which transforms the orchestral version of an old rave number we all know. Mostly consisting of both older and newer Kuduro from Angola, this mix also includes a few songs from Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, and Brazil. I tried to avoid Western interpretations of Kuduro altogether, but 3 tunes feature non-African collaborating producers or remixers: their inclusion is testament of the strength of these tracks.

01 Dj Znobia – Ta Pio
02 DJ Ramatoulaye – Alhaji (Aladin Mix)
03 Agré-G – É da Mong
04 Dj Assault – Bangin The Beat
05 Dj Nervoso – House Diney
06 Helder, Rei do Kuduro – Felicidade
07 Helder Junior – Unknown (samples Dj Godfather)
08 King Wendu – Unknown
09 Directamente da Banda – Baza Baza
10 Project Winter – Progressividade
11 Dj Nedwyt Fox – Agora Nukutusula
12 Dj Clintonn – C Du Chahut
13 Dj Znobia – Kuduro em Musica
14 Dj Joca Moreno – Jogo de Cintura (samples Coon Daddy)
15 Dama S & Puto Stro – Pedrada Forte
16 Apanha Tudo – Bomban
17 Dj Jesus – Humbe, Humbe
18 Dj João Reis – N.B.A. – Instrumental (samples Dj Spinn & Dj Rashad)
19 Master of Jaipong VS. DJ Amorim – Drum and Bass
20 Dj kito – Da Cara (samples Dj Rashad)
21 Zakee Kuduro & Buraka Som Sistema – New Africa (samples Dj Rashad)
22 Tinox – Sans Gueber
23 Dj Amorim – In The Rush Hour
24 Nervoso – House Diney (interlude samples Dj Assault and Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
25 Dj Djeff feat Maskarado – Elegom Bounsa X Dj V.R. – Batida Tchapu
26 Dj Jesus – Crazy Love
27 Dj Znobia – Eue
28 Lucky Gomes – Patiri
29 Puto Cossa – Vem Live feat. Dj Nedwyt Fox
30 Dama Pancha – Zum zum zum
31 Batida – Tribalismo Com Sacerdote
32 Dj miki – Dmc Caps Mix 2 (samples Kill Frenzy)
33 Katinga MC – Alegoria remix (samples A Lost People)
34 Dj Amorim – Os Angolanos
35 Figura – Ze Bula (Sabbo Remix)
36 Dj Ivan LLuv – Let’s Go
37 Unknown – Unknown (Follow Me)
38 Dj Kadu – Catelita
39 KLF and The Williams Fairey Brass Band – What Time Is Love
40 Ize’ feat. Anofela – Cape Decale
41 Schlachthofbronx – Farafina feat. Ete Kelly
42 Ize’ – Nhaku d’home
43 Unknown – Unknown (outro)

NGOMA MIX 6 – Ukulwa

(as featured on Gen Bass and The Fader)

Framing house music, perhaps the most depoliticized of all urban musics, whose narrative revolve around unreflective pleasure seeking, in a political context may seem incredulous to some. Yet this incredulity would be based on a superficial reading of the essence of house music culture, despite what it has become in the commercial sphere: in its very inception, the escapism into a fantasy hedonistic world was an expression of the underprivileged and marginalized, and the creation of a sanctuary of acceptance was nothing less than a political act of the oppressed and discriminated against.

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Perhaps even more than Chicago or Detriot 67, the political dimension is deeply interwoven into the urban musical fabric of South Africa, and has profoundly influenced its evolution. Zulu protest songs live on through Kwaito, the first musical expression of a free South Africa, and from there the current House culture developed: if less overtly rebellious, it nonetheless retains in its beats and voices the spirit of revolt: the urgent and passionate expression of a people who have been subjugated for too long.

The Zulu word Ukulwa means war and struggle. and in this context it can only mean a war against oppression and the struggle for freedom and independence. Apartheid may have officially ended, but its myriad effects can be unmistakably felt in a slew of social problems which plague the nation today, from crime to domestic violence as result of the break up of families, from poverty to various hardships which come from an entire generation having been systematically deprived of formal education. Thus even while many positive things are taking place, as South Africa is surely rising as a proud modern nation, even as we rejoice in these blissful rhythms, we must remember this war, and both continue, and continue to be inspired by, this struggle against domination, against injustice: Ukulwa.

NGOMA MIX 5 – Nomad Boogie

here is one for the boogie: classic and soulful grooves designed for more intimate spaces.

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i made this mix for smaller and “normal” local bars and clubs: really tried to make something both for the general public, meaning anyone from any walk of life, as well as the music heads. the ideal is a CD that almost any bar anywhere in the world can pop in their stereo at any given night and have people nod their heads, tap their feet, and maybe even get a little jiggy. how close the actual product ended up being to this ideal is yet to be tested, as well as my thesis that one does not have to succumb to lowest common denominators to appeal to everyone. (we will see, i have already started giving these out to local establishments in berlin)

NGOMA MIX 4

Continuing from NGOMA 1, this is an excursion into 100 BPM global urban bass music.

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Heavy on both classic and modern Kwaito: Arthur Mafokate’s 1993 track Oyi Oyi,  TKZEE with their Kwaito offshoot style known as Guz, and the immense talent that was Mawillies (RIP), whose effortlessly powerful voice graces the track GaGu.

Also tunes from other parts of Africa: the AshThomas project and Marvelous Benji from Nigeria, DJ Rams from in Angola, and Emmanuel Jal, the Sudanese singer with the crazy personal history.

Always great to find one great Bhangra tune on too many an album of otherwise generic numbers and a little taste of classic cumbia gold. A few all time Dancehall bangers and reggaeton, oh how i wish they still made them like El General did in Panama back in the early 90s. (all of these sounds need their own NGOMA volume, yes i do realize.  thanks 🙂

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01 [Ghana/UK] Professor Stretch & African Headcharge – Brother of Reality
02 [SA] Tone Deaf Junkies – Fred is Dead
03 [Nigeria] AshThomas – Music in My System (MIMS)
04 [SA] Mapaputsi – Kufa
05 [Ghana] Bradaz – Hiplife Review
06 [SA] Suspects – Wash’uMkhuKhu
07 [SA] Brikz – Swimming Pool
08 [SA] Mapaputsi – Kas Lam Dub
09 [SA] Mawillies – GaGu
10 [SA] Arthur Mafokate – Oyi, Oyi
11 [SA] Busi Mhlongo  –  Yehlisan’Umoya Ma-Africa (Soul II Black Remix)
12 [SA] Bongomaffin – Way You Live
13 [SA] Zola – Ndodandoda Dub
14 [SA] Unknown – Unknown
15 [SA] TKZEE – Guz
16 [Angola] DJ Rams – Fire Nigth Tarracho
17 [India] Sangeeta – Multani
18 [US/Angola] Fat Joe – Lean Back (DJ Rams & DJ X Remix)
19 [Norway] Easy and the Center of Universe – Hamada
20 [Egypt/US] Psychobabble Dub Interlude
21 [US] Badawi – Jihad
22 [Syria] Omar Souleyman – La Sidounak Syyada
23 [UK] Subway — 44110
24 [Angola] Helder Rei – Instrumental
25 [NL/US] SDP vs DJ Lengua – Mi Camino
26 [Colombia] Chambacu – No Quiero Envejecer
27 [Nigeria] Marvelous Benji – Swo
28 [Panama] El General – Digame Cual
29 [Sudan] Emmanuel Jal & Abdel Gadir Salim – Elengwen (afroArabia)
30 [Jamaica] Cecile – Hot Like We
31 [Jamaica] Vybs Cartel – Mi Fi A Dweet
32 [SA] Middle Finga, Cozi G, Oracle Flow & Ben Sharpa – Move Over
33 [Jamaica/UK] Sarantis & Warrior Queen – Retaliate
34 [SA] Zola – Lord of Sound
35 [SA] Kalahari Surfers – Gangsta

NGOMA MIX 3

Dj-Zhao---NGOMA3_frontwhile staying in the same territory as 2, the journey is not the same, and many things make this one unique: the psychedelic motorik genius of Dj Clock’s “Durban Guitar”; the monolithic, earth shaking visions of Black Coffee; DJ Sdoko’s ominous Kraftwerkian phuture; Manya’s soul stirring take on traditonal Angolan melodies; a surprisingly wicked banger from the Dutch DJ Bigga (UK is not the only place currently Afro minded), and ending with a further reach of rhythmic diaspora: Sami vocal style from Mari Boine, reinterpreting the sound of indigenous Norway.

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concerning the anti-apartheid and war samples used through out the mix: the struggle for freedom from colonialism is the context which gave rise to contemporary South African music: Kwaito was born amidst antagonism and bloodshed, and has led to the current house music scene. thus songs such as “100 Zulu Warriors” and the radio broadcast at the end should not be taken as an incitement of racial conflict (especially in light of last year’s wave of horrible xenophobia) but as a reminder of the political realities of the Apartheid era from which this music comes.

01 [SA] Andy X – Tech House
02 [SA] DJ Clock – Durban Guitar
03 [SA] Bantu Soul – Isgubhu
04 [SA] Blackcoffee / DJ Christos and Demor – Searching
05 [SA] Black Coffee – 100 Zulu Warriors
06 [SA] Black Coffee – Stimela (remix)
07 [SA] Thebe – Ugezi
08 [SA] DJ Fhiso – House Animation
09 [SA] DJ Clock – Move Your Body
10 [SA] DJ Clock – No Fear
11 [SA] DJ Sdoko – Boozoom Base
12 [SA] Double Trouble – Mamelodi Funk
13 [SA] DJ Tira and Bubzin – Beat Goes On (Iyo)
14 [UK] Don Haffer – Mad Fling
15 [ANGOLA] DJ Znobia – Afrosound
16 [UK] Ossie – Tarantula (inc Funkineven Remix)
17 [Peru] Novalima – Mayoral
18 [UK] DSD – Fruity
19 [UK] Footsteps – Baby Kinta
20 [UK] Roska – Tack Tiles
21 [UK] DJ Mystery – Changes
22 [UK] DJ Tremendous – Log 19
23 [HOLLAND] DJ BIgga – Boeke Anthem X [BRAZIL] Menor do Chapa – Familia Vida Loka
24 [UK] Unknown – Unknown
25 [SA] Unknown – Thumping
26 [SA] Mr Flip – The Wild Thing
27 [UK] Geeneus – Yellowtail
28 [UK] Headhunter – Birks Range
29 [SA] Shana – Uyangichomela
30 [SA] Bucie – Amadoda (Black Coffee remix)
31 [NORWAY/GER] Mari Boine – Vuoi Vuoi Mu (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
32 [SA] Dr Duda and Dr M-bee – The Gap Featuring Gina
33 [SA/US] Terre Thaemlitz / Radio Freedom (Anti-Apartheid Broadcast)