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Otim Alpha (UG)
Nyege tape DJ’s (UG/EU)
Gan Gah (MA/Bxl)
Rebel Up (Bxl)
Otim Alpha & Leo Palayeng (UG) *live*
Hailing from the sweltering city of Gulu in Northern Uganda, both Alpha—an ex bare-knuckle boxer and master harp player—and Palayeng are considered pioneers of what’s become a veritable hyper-local electronic scene among the Acholi community. In 2001, Otim Alpha together with his early producer Leo Palayeng began taking traditional Acholi ‘Larakaraka’ wedding songs and reinterpreting them with music software on computers.
Due to the influence of missionaries who thought of them as non-Christian, Acholi traditions were for many years pushed to the periphery, and only preserved and passed down thanks to traditional musicians like Alpha. “When I recorded his traditional folk songs and added my electronic elements, local people loved the sound and it spread like wildfire,” says Palayeng. In his studio, the producer combined the adungu, nanga (both harps), fiddle and flute with synths and electronic drum-kit beats to create sounds that are equally nostalgic and forward-looking. The results are a fast paced poly-rhythmic Acholitronix ready for dance floor madness.
Most of the songs on the Gulu City Anthems are electronic re-interpretations of Larakaraka folk songs that are traditionally performed at weddings. The lyrics were different for each occasion, and would weave the long histories of the clans being united in marriage. “But people were not always able to afford the whole troop of musicians and dancers, so we started recreating the sounds with computers and singing the lyrics over the top—like karaoke,” Palayeng explains.
Released on the Nyege Nyege Tapes label, a Kampala based label exploring, producing and releasing outsider music from around the region and beyond.
808 Bantou (RDC/Bxl) *live*
Eric Mbuyamba aka Dr Kwest provides you with the best medicine. The doctor is influenced by Sun Ra and many others. He started sampling in 2006, has released several Beat Tapes and remixes and also hosts a radio show called Quest For The Beat on Radio Panik. 808Bantou is his project based on traditional and also contemporary Congolese music fused with 808 drums, a lot of percussion and Brussels footwork beats.
DJ support by:
GAN GAH (MA/Bxl)
Fed by traditional « Gnawa » and Berber rythms ever since he was born in the suburbs of Agadir, young DJ and producer Gan Gah is now based in Brussels.This accomplished musician, who has been performing for many years as a beatmaker under various pseudonyms, knows how to shake a dancefloor with his bewitching beats.
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Rebel Up is a Brussels cultural organisation that promotes contemporary *world* music through active parties & concerts.
NGHE Mediatheque is a *sportive* media library in the Molenbeek canal zone, which also promotes contemporary culture through lectures, conferences, presentations, concerts and happenings
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