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Date: Monday, 29 Jul 2013 12:48
Author: "zhao (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Friday, 22 Feb 2013 01:34
3 years ago me an my girlfriend was walking by the tunnel below Waschaurstr. S-bahnhof in Berlin, when i heard these droney, repetitive, noise-trance-rock riffs and a monotonous drum beat.  Instantly getting my attention, we stood there (exact location of second video) with a few other random people, soaking it in.  I didn't want to leave but we had other engagements and for the rest of the night i couldn't stop talking about it, to the slight annoyance of my girl: "it was the PERFECT sound, right there on the street!"  i had no idea who they were at the time but was 100% certain that it was significant.

3 years later i find out who they are, and that they've been jamming with old school heads (3rd Video with Michael Rother and Kluster)
obviously not going to post their album because it is commercially available, only going to say if you have worn out all the old Faust and Neu! records like me, it is a god send.  

sorry about the formatting of this post, stupid blogger does not have their stupid shit together.  
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Date: Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013 08:50
Here is a first sign of life after rebirth: will just start posting things that i am enjoying immensely

This blog will be roughly about ethereal and listening music from the "West".  For more of a rhythmic focus and the global South, from ancient to modern, go to NGOMA SOUND.

And yes, i am breaking the "non-commercially available" rule with this post.  For you see, this awesome recording IS actually available for purchase on CD, for only $273.60, here (toward bottom of page).  So if you have a problem, go buy it.  lol.

Oh and i'm not certain this is the cover to this particular recording, as the Piano Sonatas don't appear on the cover?  Whatever.  Just LISTEN.

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Date: Saturday, 26 Jan 2013 01:12
should i bring this blog back from the dead

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Date: Monday, 03 Dec 2012 14:26
i promised to upload the entire Ocora catalog of 500+ recordings at one point, and i am a man of my word.  so it continues here.  check back for more.
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Date: Saturday, 17 Dec 2011 23:23

when we started, Matchume just flew in from Portugal 2 hours before, and Congo from France the night before, and I had just played at Berghain the night before… so all 3 of us were running on zero to very little sleep. which might be reason that we forgot to bring a disc recorder to record off the board, so that’s why the camera stayed on the stage and didn’t move around this time, because it was attached to the sound board. also, the Camera man wanted to dance for the last hour, and stopped filming… which was too bad as that was the most amazing hour: 3000 jumping and screaming. But despite all this i’m still happy with the way it turned out.
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Date: Saturday, 17 Dec 2011 23:21

this one is entirely diasporic, and includes no tracks actually made in the Motherland... read more, stream, and download here.
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Date: Thursday, 06 Oct 2011 04:36
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Date: Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 12:51

high quality 1 hour sound-board recording of this amazing band here.
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Date: Sunday, 04 Sep 2011 22:39

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.

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.

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

SINGLE TRACK VERSION download on the player above or:
media FIRE

coming soon
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Date: Friday, 05 Aug 2011 02:02
it is a new day, and change is coming. only 2 years ago who could have imagined Shangaan Super Groove Power and Ngoma Bass Action in the number 1 international temple of cold, hard, rigid and sexless techno?

// Date: 30 June 2011
// Venue: Berghain, Berlin
// Doors: 20:00
// Tickets: 15 € advance sale / 18 € box office
// Online pre-sale at Koka36


"It’s fantastic, best thing I’ve heard for a long time. It’s how music should be"
Karin Dreijer Andersson (The Knife)

Shangaan Electro is the street level dance phenomenon from South Africa that went global in 2010 on the back of a series of viral youtube clips (2 million hits and counting) and an acclaimed compilation on Honest Jon's that introduced the movers and shakers in this fast emerging micro-genre. Shangaan Electro replaces Shangaan music's traditional instrumentation with midi-keyboard sounds, re-pitched vocal samples and jacking four to the floor beats, then amps things up to breakneck speeds of over 180BPM. This is hyper-kinetic digital dance music custom made for weekly dance offs in Soweto, and it's getting ever faster...

This summer Shangaan Electro is hitting European festivals/clubs for the first time ever. Based on a Soweto street party, the live show will feature the stars of the Honest Jon's compilation – producer/mastermind and vocalist Nozinja aka 'Dog', the clown-masked Tshetsha Boys, alongside Tiyiselani, Nkata Mawewe and the fastest Shangaan dancers around.

Before an after DJ Zhao (Ngoma Sound System) and DJ Pete (aka Substance, Hardwax, Scion, Waxtreatment) will be spinning tracks fusing juke, footwork, sped-up reggae, kuduro, shangaan, kwaito, african house and more.

SHANGAAN ELECTRO - "KULUNGWANI" from s o u n d t r a v e l s on Vimeo.

"None of Shangaan Electro sounds quite like anything else we have at our disposal. Which, come to think of it, places it within a rich tradition indeed." - Pitchfork.com

"The music itself is stripped down to basics: synthesizer-produced marimba beats, high-pitched singing... But the most riveting aspect of the music is the speed." - The Wall Street Journal

"This is the cheetah of African music." - NPR Music

"Shangaan Electro is a small sign of an emerging future, improbable and necessary." - The Wire

right after... lol
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Date: Thursday, 04 Aug 2011 10:03
tonight High Life Stockholme bringing THE FLAVORS, THE FLAVORS. to educate tropically THE RAVERS, THE RAVERS.

Musikguiden i P3 Med High Life No1 by High Life

Paloma Bar @ KottbusserTor
Skalitzer Straße 135; Kreuzberg; 10999 Berlin
Berlin, Germany

10 - 5AM / 1 euro only!


long over due, here is the official NGOMA blog:


soon everything Ngoma will be there, and i will continue to post non-dance abstract sounds here!
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Date: Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 06:51
before the new program below starts, we will be bringing pure fire to a new location tonight! 10-4AM, FREE before 11!

skalitzerstr. 134 10999 berlin
Berlin (KottbusserTor), Germany
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Date: Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 08:46
Thursday 14. July -- TONIGHT!
NGOMASOUND @ Das Hotel - Mariannenstrasse 26A. / 11pm - 4am / 3 EUR
tasty beer is not the only good thing coming from the Czech Republic, Ross the Boss of Sonic Africa will arrive from Prague to lay down the law on block rocking beats from the Ivory Coast and beyond! And as always, with wicked live percussion by Marcel!

and on Sunday:

Sunday 17. July -- Women's Cup Finals After Party @ Cassiopeia - Revaler Straße 99 / 9pm - 6am / free

live performance: SISTER FA (great rapper from Senegal!)
MARFLIX [Tropical Bass]
DJ ZHAO [Ngoma]
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Date: Saturday, 09 Jul 2011 08:45
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 01:05
this thursday Sonic badman Pushking Noize will be coming from Zurich to share with us his unique bass perspectives! his recent interestingly pitched down remix of the huge Ghanaian tune Azingele for Akwaaba Music was my favorite on the remix EP.

Azingele (Pushking Noize & Tillup Remix) by Akwaaba Music
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 01:03

DJ Zhao [Ngoma Soundsystem]
DJ Kokoro [Neo-Tokyo Bass/B.A.S.S.]
...Zeb Mcqueen [Jahtari] - vocals

on the Bass Warrior Soundsystem!
DJ Zhao brings classic and modern dance music together from all five continents, with focus on Africa. With in depth selections spanning wildly different time periods and locations, 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 ambassador of boom not only talking about, but demonstrating through raw sound experience, the underlying unity of all earth cultures.

DJ Kokoro is a Glasgow based dubstep dj and producer, also running a crew called "neo tokyo bass" longside dj Endless and dj Crash.

TowerblockRockerz is a dj and vj from Glasgow, spinning diverse and heavy hitting grooves and making sick psychedelic visuals to go with them.
Zeb Mcqueen is a reggae and otherwise vocalist who has worked with many different artists and released on Jahtari Records.

Entry by Donation :£6 on the door..A proportion of any profits will got to buying beehives for Palestine.
BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE! (cans and plastic bottles only please..no glass)
As we are not licensed and can't sell anything at all make sure you bring sufficient supplies.We are adjacent to the 13th note Pub so you can get a drink there first!
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Date: Sunday, 08 May 2011 12:25
Having just played with the Soul Jazz Orchestra, Dj Bongo (Colombia) confided in me on skype that he is on top of his deep boogie game. together we will re-enact the Afro-Caribbean connection: real life musical exchange and cross-pollination in real time. In other words, IT'S TIME TO GET FUNKY.
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Date: Sunday, 08 May 2011 12:04
Kicking off May, we pair up a Berlin legend with a young champ. first part of the evening will be the hottest Afro-Latin and Balkan flavors, and the bass will drop in the second.

lots of exciting extra special guests from various parts of the world coming up in May and June!!! stay tuned!
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Date: Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 03:25
@Das Hotel - Mariannenstrasse 26A

Zulu Electro / Tribal Guarachero / Cumbia / Kuduro / UK Funky

...APRIL 28 - DJ ZHAO + DOVECAKE + Marcel (percussion)
Special SHANGAAN FOOTWORK Action from Mozambique and Chicago!


come celebrate Spring with the sweetest and toughest rhythms from all sides of the multiverse: both heavy classic boogie and tech-soul floor killers.

an intimate club with great sound and no neighbors... see you on the dance floor!!!

Thursday 30 April @ Sketch Club: Ngoma Bass for Merano, Italy, in the beautiful mountains, Giorgio Moroder's home town.

Thursday 5 May @ Visionario Cinema: Ngoma Deadly Venom will MURDER the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. 10 PM - 4AM

Friday 6th of May will be shaking the foundations at YAAM starting around midnight until 4PM the next day, alongside Silent Pressure, Marflix, and Sun Fire Sound. BOOYAKASHA!
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