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Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force and Chouk Bwa & The Ångstromers at Gretchen / Wednesday, 29.6.2022

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Following the release of their album Vodou Alé on our favourite label Bongo Joe in 2020, the one and only Chouk Bwa & The Ångstromers come to Berlin for a special live concert in the yard at Gretchen in June where they will join Ndagga Rhythm Force.

Afro-Caribbean voodoo polyrhythms meet bass-weight dub electronics on Vodou Alé, the debut full-length collaboration between Haitian six-piece Chouk Bwa and Belgian production duo, The Ångströmers. The traditional and contemporary collide on this nine-track merger of distinct Haitian mizik rasin (roots music) and rumbling electronic production, forging a thrilling and hypnotic dialogue between minimalist sound design and Afro-Haitian drum talk.

Ndagga Rhythm Force started when Mark Ernestus, the founder of the legendary Hard Waxrecord store, which in 1989 laid the foundation for Berlin’s electronic club music scene, travelled to Senegal and the Gambia for the first time in quest of the rhythms of Sabar and Mbalax.

With local assistance he invited over 20 percussionists and other musicians – most of whom he had become interested in via local cassettes or YouTube clips – for a spontaneous recording session in Dakar, with sabar drummers from the local Jeri-Jeri clan playing the basic rhythms.

Chouk Bwa & The Ångstromers LIVE

Wednesday, 29th June 2022 | 20:00 CET
Gretchen | Obentrautstr. 19-21 | 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg

bongojoe.ch | gretchen-club.de | choukbwa.com

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