Jeri-Jeri is the spectacular collaboration between the renowned Berlin-based producer Mark Ernestus and a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack in Senegal.
The Senegal musicians are led by Bakane Seck, along with guest Mbalax musicians and vocalists – including many mainstays of the bands of Baaba Maal, Youssou N’Dour and other top Senegalese artists.
World music aficionados will have noted Ernestus’ remixes of Afrobeat architect Tony Allen and Kinshasa rockers Konono No. 1, and his co-compilation (with Honest Jon’s) of the critically acclaimed Shangaan Electro showcase.
Jeri-Jeri | Daguagne
On the quiet, though, he has become increasingly hooked on Mbalax, with its hyper-vivid Sabar and talking-drum work-outs, and sick, sequencer-like marimba synths. In early 2011 he travelled to Senegal and the Gambia, in search of original recordings.
Through an unlikely set of coincidences, he ended up working in the legendary Dakar studio formerly known as Xippi, with more than twenty of the finest musicians in the country. The results will be released in 2012 and 2013 and proliferate in a series of unmissable live performances throughout Europe.
Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri | Dub Dafa Nekh
Jeri-Jeri’s style of Mbalax is swingingly masterful – heady and hard-grooving, with highly complex, fiercely succinct poly-rhythms – an ancient-futuristic music, mesmeric but sharp as nails, super-charged with drama. Sabar traditions are fused with furious Afro-Cubanismo, hard funk-rock, and shards of high-life.
King Ayisoba makes the traditional kologo music from the Upper East Region of Ghana brought with the energy and flavor of the twenty first century. He sings in Fra Fra, Twi and in English and is a big star in Ghana.
King Ayisoba | The Whole World
There is a whole new scene now starting after King Ayisoba introduced the super catchy kologo beats to the bigger audiences in Ghana and abroad. The kologo is a two string guitar with a calabash gourd resonator, it is rhythmic and melodic at the same time.
The King is bringing other musicians and dancers on this tour, dancing the traditional Frafra dia and kologo dances from the area of Bongo in Northern Ghana.
King Ayisoba | I Want To See My Father
The dance consists of very high jumbs and originates from hunting rituals. Aboku Adortanga (dancer and dorgo player)i s King Ayisobas brother and is a master in playing the “Dorgo”, a special horn from Northern Ghana used in the traditional Frafra tradition of music.
The sound resembles a lamb calling out loud and was original used by the Frafra people in the forest to gather the village people to come and hunt. Gemeka Akligilalatanda Is an absolute master in playing the guluku, a local drum from Bolgatanga Soko.
King Ayisoba | And His Kologo
Traditionaly kologo performances occur at local bars, weddings, funerals, festivals or spontaneous jams on the street. Today we will see the force and spirit here, around the corner, and dig up the future.
Zea is a breakpop mono from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Armed with guitar, mic, drum machines, sampler and synths, Arnold de Boer comes with fast-paced programmed drums, copious synth work, guitars that go from jangly to strummy on a moment’s notice, and vocals that chant as much as they sing.
Zea | We’ve Got A Crisis
8-bit electronic sounds exploding all over the place, and at the same time a poptune isn’t out of the question either. Live is Zea fast and vicious, putting rock and roll into electronics, and pushing noisy loops into beat punk.
This event is highly recommended by Digital in Berlin! We are giving away 2 x 2 tickets. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Jeri-Jeri” as the subject.
Mark Ernestus with Jeri-Jeri, King Ayisoba & Zea LIVE
presented by Since The Devil Is Gone I Mostly Feel Lonely, D/B, Planet Rock Booking, Hardwax
Thursday, 13 June 2013 | 20:00 CET
Festsaal Kreuzberg | Skalitzer Str. 130 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg