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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NGOMA 14 – DRUM

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This edition in the Ngoma Mix Series focuses on new 125 bpm African Electronic Dance Music.  As i have argued in the “Real Roots of Kwaito” piece for This Is Africa, American and European Disco, House, and Hiphop were crucially influential in the beginning stages of development of post-Apartheid South African urban music, but since then SA House and Kwaito have matured and grown into its own skin, much more an extension of indigenous rhythm cultures than related to “Western” dance music.  For example the beat patterns in these tracks are distinctly different: the constant off-beat high hats found in the US and Europe are almsot entirely absent; and with much more rich and developed rhythm elements and very different emphasis, this music should probably be thought of as simply new African dance music, with not much to do with what is traditionally known as “House” or “Techno” at all.  

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