There are moments when you just utterly rejoice that labels, such as the commendable crate-diggers at Honest Jon's, still bring incredible music you have never heard to your ears. Such was a moment when the 'Shangaan Electro' compilation landed last year, put together by Honest Jon's Records' Mark Ainley and former Basic Channel member and Hardwax owner Mark Ernestus.
Adding partially English vocals, and creating groups such as the boiler-suit clad, mask-wearing Tshetsha Boys, Nozinja is not shy about intentions to make music to make people dance and to take it around the world. Whilst the male and female vocals grab your guts with their pure, emotional power, the bent bleeps, super-speed marimbas and fluttering drumbeats get your hips moving at speeds you didn't even know they could move to.
Since becoming a huge Youtube hit where the incredible dance-offs can be witnessed and appearing on more adventurous mixes, such as Pearson Sound/Ramadanman's Fabriclive mix, Nozinja, Tshetsha Boys, Tiyiselani & Nkata Mawewe are currently undertaking their first ever European tour.
A chance to experience this in Berlin comes via the CTM - club transmediale festival, where the dark techno dungeon of Berghain will for one evening, be filled with the infectious ebuillience of the Shangaan Electro sound. Support comes from Berlin-based Afro-specialist DJ Zhao and Berghain resident DJ Pete, who will explore the outer edges of dance music - juke, footwork, kuduro, kwaito and more.
In further celebration of bringing unknown sound cultures into our own electronic musics, Honest Jon's are soon releasing more Shangaan Electro material as well as a hotly anticipated remix series which sees producers such as Mark Ernestus, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir, Actress, Ricardo Villalobos, Oni Ayhun, Peverelist, Burnt Friedman and Zomby reworking the originals. Watch this space!
Listen to the Tracks individually:
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Elektroakustischer Salon @ Berghain, Berlin
30 June 2011 - 20:00
Great Blogpost by Niall Byrne