FUSION FESTIVAL 2012

For the 5th year in a roll, Fusion Festival going to get proper NGOMATIZED Friday 29. June 7-10pm on the Querfeld stage, featuring, for the first time, the mind bending tones and textures of Austrian Trombonist/Multi-Instrumentalist Werner Puntigam, alongside resident drummer Marcel and dj zhao. Will be a Northern Tropikal set in true Afro-Futurist spirit to remember.

UPDATE:  When Werner first started going in with the Trombone i felt actual fear.  Beautiful monster sounds like a hundred whales or a solar eclipse.  The sheer power, finesse, and extraordinary sense of composition this man who comes from an improvisation and free-jazz background brought was simply immense.  (Very different feeling from our set last year with trumpeter El Congo) Together with my deep and hard Afro-Tech selections and Marcel’s dexterous drumming, this proper Northern Tropikal set raised a thunder storm which caused entire Fusion Festival to be shut down for 15 minutes.

video was shot by 2 great film makers from Spain on 5 cameras, soon come!

Paris: 18, 19, 20 May

Friday, May 18, 2012

10:00pm – 4:00am

2, rue des Goncourt, 75011 Paris
FREE

Samedi 19 Mail 2012
de 23H à l’Aube
@ LA DAME DE CANTON
Quai François Mauriac [Face BNF]
Paris 13è
M° Quai de La Gare / Bibliothèque F. M.
PAF : 5€

 

 

and on Sunday, on the outdoor terrasse of the same party boat of previous night, Dj Zhao will be spinning all afternoon into the evening.

 

04/05 May: Linz and Vienna

Friday 04 May Dj Zhao will will be delivering music of the drums all night long as part of Treffpunkt Afrika at Strom in beautiful Linz.  True Rhythm Culture doesn’t actually give a shit about being hip because it invented hip, is the very definition of hip, has been and will always be hip, even after all the world’s hip have become died and gone to square heaven. The following night Fokn Bois and Dala Dala Sound are playing.

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8-10 March in Prague

After party for Czech Republic premiere of this badass documentary film about Punk Rock in Africa, as part of the 14th One World International Human Rights Film Festival.

We are going to PARTY HARD like it’s 2012: Afro-Punk, Afro-Elektro, Afro-Bass in your face!!!

Kino Lucerna:
Vodičkova 36, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
Thursday, March 8, 2012
10:00pm until 4:00am
FREE entry, and FREE DRINKS for first hour!

DJ Zhao [Ngoma Soundsystem, Berlin/Beijing]
http://www.listn.to/djzhao
DJ Donavinchi [Radio Wave, Zambia/Prague]
http://www.rozhlas.cz/radiowave/friday_ripple/_zprava/489167

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Friday Dj Zhao will be appearing on Friday Ripple on Radio Wave with Dj Donavinchi.

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Saturday all night party down Afro-Caribbean style with Ross the Boss,  get ready to groove, rock, jump and sweat!

Sedm vlků — Vlkova 7, 13000 Praha 3 //// 9pm – 3am

www.sedmvlku.cz //// www.sonicafrica.com

WED 22 and THUR. 23

 

 

don’t forget Chief Boima is coming all the way from his Dutty Arts base in NYC to rock with us on Wednesday! here is his crazy new high energy vertical mix for XLR8R, 160BPM Afro Fire!  and more in different modes here.  see you on the dance floor!!!

update:  and Boima just released an album.  here is a video, which is his “personal reflection on Sorie Kondi’s original message, integrating footage from his video, and (his) own from New York and Freetown.”  It infuses some much needed class consciousness, immigrant perspective, not to mention Soul, into modern club music.

after the Super Ngoma Session:

and on Thursday, I’ll be delivering the riddim goods next to Dj Obstsalat at the grand opening of 100° Festival at HAU 2, starting at 12:00PM.

update: 

a few upcoming gigs

Wed, Feb 1 – 11:00 pm // NGOMAsound @ Soju Bar // Berlin // 2€ B4 midnight, 4€ after
with Marcel on drums
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Sat, Feb 4 // 11:00 pm // ZÄP @ Saal9 // Berlin – cost ?
with Marcel on drums and CLICK CLICK
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Wed, Feb 22 // 11:00 pm // NGOMAsound @ Soju Bar // 2€ B4 midnight, 4€ after
with Marcel on drums and Chief Boima (US)
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Wed, Feb 29 // 11:00 pm // NGOMAsound @ Soju Bar // 2€ B4 midnight, 4€ after
with Marcel on Drums
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Thu, Mar 8 // 11:00 pm // Punk in Africa Party @ Lucerna // Prague, CZ // cost ?
with surprise guests

NGOMAsound Friday, 27. Jan

AFRO-TECH // KUDURO // ZULU-HOUSE // UKFUNKY // CUMBIA-BASS

NGOMAsound celebrates Afro and Afro-Diasporic rhythm cultures in the 21st Century. Timeless musical traditions and urban tech-bass fuse into one, acoustic and electronic sounds collide, NGOMA is the sound of tomorrow.

this time we bring you one of the world’s fastest rappers (according to Guiness World Records) from Angola on the mic, top heavyweight selectas from all over, and of course the badass drummer Marcel on live percussion. it will be a Global Bass odyssey you will not forget!
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MARFLIX — [Tropical Bass/Faluma – Berlin]
SELECTA JAH MIKE — [Global Vibz – Andalucia/Wolfsburg]
Dj Zhao — [Ngoma – China/Berlin]
MC Diamondog — [Nomadic Wax – Angola/Berlin]
Marcel – live drums — [Ngoma/Tropicfusion – Berlin]
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from Warschauerstr: just walk 10 meters past RAW Temple and Cassiopeia, and Badehaus is standing on the left.
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2 euros B4 12, 4 euros after.

New Years Eve!

i’m playing 2 parties, first with food and drinks at a nice restaurant bar until 3AM, and second my set is 4-6 AM at a proper quality underground rave in a 2 story sound-design-studios building (and yes the sound will be phenomenal) organized by Hans & Gloria collective and Bass Emergency Collective.

flyer for the first one is here, and the address to the second one will not be given out until the day before so i will drop it here again

and here is info for the second one, my set will be from 4-6 AM on the Dubstep floor:

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extra-special location: DP64 is where the ambitious GDR youth radio station had their recording studios. Before it’s torn down next year, we gonna use the structure for a last big blast on three floors with exquisite music & live-performances..

Cu there!

NGOMA SOUND @ Soju Bar 28.Dec.

This time the bomb selecta Mataklap from Bomb Diggy Amsterdam joins us on deck. Together we will journey deep into the tropics and beyond with the latest and all time favorite jungle rhythms.
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MATAKLAP [bombdiggy.nl]
DJ ZHAO [ngomasound.wordpress.com]
MARCEL – Live Drums [ngoma / tropicfusion.jimdo.com]
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2 euros B4 12, 4 euros after – see you on the dance floor!!!

sorry for lateness:  dropping beats for Ghanaian superstars Kwaw Kese, Bradez, and Appietus tonight at Worldtronics.  first time ever Hiplife concert/party in Berlin?  in Europe???

addendum:  biggest regret of 2011 was not taking any photos with Appietus, Bradez, and Kwaw Kese while hanging out back stage.  but we do have concert video, just need to find time to edit…

NGOMASOUND 16. December

Badehaus is a new club with wicked sound inside the RAW Temple building complex, and it will become both our Temple to Timeless Rhythm Heritage as well as Afro-Bass Spaceport, to which the Mothership will come and take us to the most terrifying and beautiful depths of the known and unknown universe.

Our bad ass drummer man Marcel will be licking chops all night to both classic and Afro-futurist vibes, and the last time the mighty Boom Brothers played at an Ngoma party the entire city shook for days after.  Join Ngoma Soundsystem and our co-pilots for a night of Ancient Futurist Tropikal Rhythms you’ll not likely forget!

see you on the dance floor!

Berlin This Week and Next

Wed, Oct 19: 10 – 4am //// BohnengoldReichenbergerstr. 153 Kreuzberg

This wednesday Ngoma is back in a bigger and better new location.

We have, in addition to the badman on the drums Marcel, for the first time, wicked MC from the Congo: Kovo M22, who will be dropping lyrical madness in 4 different languages.

NGOMA SOUND brings the sweetest and toughest jams from the motherland and beyond: both heavy classic killers and urban tech-bass sickness. see you on the dance floor.

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Sun Oct. 23  7-10pm  //// Reuterstr 8, 12053 Berlin, Germany

Centrum Sonic Lecture 1: Ancient Futurism

The first in a series of Sonic Lectures takes place at Centrum (Reuterstr 8, Berlin 12053) this Sunday (23rd October 2011), starting at 7pm. Entitled Ancient Futurism, the lecture is by ethnomusicologist DJ Zhao. He plans to explore the many connections and continuities between pre-modern ancestral sound traditions and some of the most innovative of contemporary musical movements.

“From limited available evidence we will draw interrelated lines which form pictures of undeniable genealogy, which includes both advancement and deterioration, and further challenge outdated yet persisting notions of progress and today’s common and severely distorted views of world cultures”.
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Sat, Oct: 29 10-1am //// Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 9

AFFB Festival Party

ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL PARTY in coop w/ HBC

Hunee
Daniel Wang
DJ Zhao

Konono – original 2+ hours cassette

I have seen this band twice now, the first at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, around 2009, where they played a long-form, track-less continuous set where the unbelievable ecstatic energy just kept building and building — just when you think it can not possibly get any more hype, the drummers would kick it up another notch – the electric mbiras sending out ever greater waves of rhythmelody.

Second time i played after them in Leipzig, Ut Connewitz (photos), Feb. 2011.  This time it was songs, and they had a deeper, lower register and lower tempo, almost rock’n’roll sound, with the amplified mbiras sounding at times like the epic overtones of RHYS CHATHAM’s 1000 electric guitars.

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this 1 hour long sound-board recording from Stadtgarten Cologne May 14th 2010 is truly delicious: great quality and fully capturing their magic –  i like it better than their studio albums (for sure Konono needs to be experienced live to truly understand their unique power and finesse)

sorry, link taken down at Crammed Disc’s request.

instead, i will upload the mother lode: the first recording of this music ever, the amazing and super rare original 2+ hours long double tape release of the various groups which are closely related to and later became today’s version of Konono No. 1, recorded in 1978 and released in 1985, from which the legendary Ocora CD (73 minutes in duration) was culled (which, at the time of release, re-ignited interest in the group and made possible their international success today).  The CD has always been one of my favorite albums in any genre, and now we have the much longer original recordings! (thanks to the one they call Bolingo).

original tape cover and back below.  but in addition to the 4 half hour long tracks listed, the version we have here, for an unknown reason, has a great extra 15 minute long 5th track!

01 Animation Bana Luya 28’50 Orchestre Bana Luya
02 Animation Kifuti 28’33 Orchestre Bambala
03 Kuata Nkuaka 28’16 Orcheste Sankai
04 Mungua-Muanga 28’41 Orchestre T.P. Likembe Konoko (sic!)
05 Animation (unnamed) 15’14 Orch. T.P.Tulu Lisanga Banganga (extra track!)

Vincent Kenis the producer of Konono and the Congotronics CD’s:

“I first heard the group in 1979 on a France Culture broadcast and was blown away. Soon after I played the music to Congolese musician Ray Lema, claiming rather provokingly that this was “the Congolese music of the future.” … The France Culture recordings, produced by Bernard Treton, came out in 1985 on Radio France’s label Ocora (Musiques Urbaines a Kinshasa). Only 15 years later did I finally get a chance to see the group live.

In 1989 I went to Kinshasa & looked for Konono No. 1 and Muyamba Nyunyi (also featured on Treton’s tapes) but couldn’t find them. I did meet Swede Swede, another “tradi-modern” group with whom I recorded the album Toleki Bango in Brussels the following year — this was my first job as a producer … In Kin again in 1996 I was told that Konono No. 1 had ceased their activities and were scattered between Congo and Angola. Then in 2000 the president of their fan club told me that the group was expected to return from Angola soon. I left a note and promised I’d be back in a few months. In July Le Tout Puissant Likembe Konono No. 1 was ready for an audition, complete with 3 electric likembes, a drumkit made of hub caps, and a PA system made of two “lance-voix” (“voice-throwers,” i.e. megaphones used by the Belgian colonizers before independence to diffuse radio broadcasts in the streets) which were probably the same ones featured on the 1978 recordings. I like to think that Konono No. 1 partly owes its resurrection to me — but I suppose this is a favorite fantasy of all producers!” (continue reading here.  and even more here)

DOWNLOAD: Musiques Urbaines de Kinshasa (ORIGINAL DOUBLE CASSETTE)

seriously doubt anyone will have a problem with this share, as monolithic and golden as it is, since this tape was soon out of print after release, and the CD version by now as well, after the great museum of Ocora went out of business (another sure sign of our certain collective doom).

and here are 2 excerpts from the documentary film, thanks to Crammed:

 

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)

Sat, August 13 – RADIALSYSTEM V

BAREFOOT SKANK presents:

RESURRECTING THE DREAD
Einlass: 22 Uhr, 15€ / 10€
Radialsystem –  Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin

JAHCOOZI (live) // Bpitch Control
http://soundcloud.com/jahc​oozi
ROBOT KOCH (live) // Mooncircle
http://soundcloud.com/robo​t-koch
Ghettozoid (dj) // One4Ho // London
http://soundcloud.com/zoid
DJ Zhao (dj) // Ngomasound
http://soundcloud.com/djzh​ao

Amsterdam: Solar Weekend and SWAGGA

Saturday 6th of August from 9-12pm I will be rocking this fine dance music festival close to Amsterdam with the This Is Africa crew.  if you are there find us on the program guide and come say hello!

 

 

 

 

and on Sunday 7th of August i will be doing a 2 hour set at this long running Dubstep night in the center of Amsterdam – at Club Winston, Warmoesstraat 129.