We couldn’t be more stoked than this: Don’t miss the unique chance to see one of East Africa’s leading and most legendary dance orchestras to play Berlin for the very first time: To celebrate their 40th birthday, Kenya’s Orchestre Les Mangelepa will embark on the their debut European tour this summer.
With their subtle and laid back rumba styles featuring super sweet three-way harmony vocals, Mangelepa will take you back to an era in which Congolese rumba was the ruling the airwaves and charts of an entire continent.
Originally hailing from Eastern Congo, fate and the will survive led the musicians on a winding odyssey from their home Lubumbashi via Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania to finally arrive in Nairobi, where they would become the rave of town, at times the most loved and now longest running dance band: Les Mangelepa have released more than 13 albums and penned some of East Africa’s most popular songs. Giants of their time, they kept fans busy producing hit after hit – their brilliant arrangements and superbly crafted tunes kept legions all over Africa shaking their hips to thieir unmistakable beat.
Adam Isbell (Racubah / No Nation, UK) will play a special East African DJ set starting at 20:00 in the Biergarten – the concert will start at around 22:00 inside!
RIVIERA CLUB presents:
A celebration of soul-garage-latin-black
PLUTONIUM BABY (synth-garage from Italy)
Hailing from the south-east neighborhood of Rome, Italy, Plutonium Baby is a supergroup with
Black Guitarra, former member of all-female garage-punk band Motorama and Fil Sharp and
Feith Da Grave, from the punk-wave Cactus.
A guitar, a synth, drums and a bunch of reverb and distortion on vocals: Jay Reatard shouting at
Suicide and the Rezillos chewing the B-52’s
SLANDER TONGUE (rock and roll punk from Berlin)
SLANDER TONGUE is a Berlin-based Rock & Roll band formed in 2017. Their musical style fits best to 1970s’ genres Proto-punk / Pub Rock.
The band’s members have been performing in groups like BIKES, King Khan & THE SHRINES, SICK HORSE, or MODERN PETS among others. Their debut singles are released through WILD WAX RECORDS (GER) and BACHELOR RECORDS (AUT).
JIMMY TRASH (Afro-Arab-Lusophone Sound System)
Jimmy Trash spins ecstatic killer non-stop vinyl mixes of West African funk and disco, South African electro, North African desert blues and Rai, Turkish psych, and lots of oddball hits outta New Orleans and South America. Naked, sweaty funtime, all the time.
RIVIERA BOYS (Soul, Rock and Roll, Latin)
Great Food brought you by Roma Food and Santa Cantina
Swamp Booking and MILK ME and Schmutz present:
Heavy Mental concert series: #3
Tribal psychsters In Zaire are just as confusing to pin down sound-wise as is their origin. The quartet bring the audience into a psychedelic trip through a unique mix of dub-funk rhythms, African percussion, eastern bass guitar melodies, drifting Arabic voices, minimal electronic sounds and not too hidden heavy metal influences.
After their 2013 debut album “White Sun Black Sun”, In Zaire returns with “Visions Of The Age To Come”, just released on Sound Of Cobra Records in the spring, an eightfold kaleidoscope coming into blissful focus which sees the band dancing feverishly towards the edges of hard rock heritage and psychedelic outlands.
The stories of myth tell us that the desert is a place of transformation where the physical emptiness of the landscape creates a potent space for connecting with the invisible and intangible forces of the numinous. History is full of seekers, artists, mystics and musicians who have travelled to the desert to enter into such an experience
It was after being lead on a pilgrimage through “Wirikuta”, the sacred desert of the Wixarika, native to the land the land of north west Mexico that Dublin-born Berlin resident Nunutzi was inspired to form Tau, meaning Father Sun. A shifting and fluid collaborative project with Nunutzi at the helm along with partner-in-sound, Venezuelan-born Gerald Pasqualin, the result is Tau’s debut album released through Fuzz Club on Sept 9th.
TAU TAU TAU is a wild archaic scream from the heart, woven from a seamless thread of prayers, chants, psychedelic invocations, and as Nunutzi says “songs of praise” in English, Spanish and Gaelic, shaken through pre-hispanic drums, bells, shakers, synths and acoustic guitar played “through an amp with a very shitty pick up that gives a weird sound.”
Mannequin (Label + Mailorder), [aufnahme + wiedergabe] and Post-Punk.com present:
Nocturnal Emissions (UK) live
Nocturnal Emissions has been one of the best kept secrets of the industrial genre since the 1970s. Led by Nigel Ayers, the band was one of the first to use tape cutting, avant-garde art, and underground video works to create a stage experience that was being cultivated by like-minded artists like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. The band moved on to using samplers and electronic noise in their early ’80s work, creating a twisted funk sound that would go on to influence everyone from Foetus to Negativland. They still utilized their former tricks, upping the ante with extremist performance art and more professional video displays. The group avoided signing to a major label, instead focusing on releasing their own music more effectively. They followed this path into the ’90s when they started www.earthlydelights.co.uk, an incredibly detailed website that promotes their various ideologies (they are strongly against the British monarchy and believe that citizens should have unlimited access to space travel) and constant release schedule. The band has released countless tapes and CDs of their material, and continues to unleash their noise through their website. Mannequin hast just released a compilation focusing on Nocturnal Emissions’ work between 1980 and 1989
Simon Crab (bourbonese qualk) (UK) live
Simon Crab is probably most well known as the founder and main-man of the power-electronics/Industrial, Post-rock, neo-no- wave, electro-acoustic, gabber-techno, dub-ethno-jazz-funk band—Bourbonese Qualk, as well as Sunseaster, an experimental-improvised-electro-acoustic noise project. Crab also learned traditional African and Middle Eastern music and is a member of London’s Gamelan orchestra.
Philipp Strobel (DE)
Alessandro Adriani (IT)
the two men behind [aufnahme + wiedergabe] and Mannequin (Label + Mailorder) will showcase a special selection of influential and contemporary Industrial sounds for this occasion.
URBAN SPREE (RAW-Area)
Revaler Str. 99/Warschauer Str.
Full video of the 3rd Berlin Seafood Festival at Urban Spree! Thanks a lot to our lovely guests, passionate vendors, and to Gabriel at Devir Produções who filmed and edited the video.
From West African spicy grilled fish from DeDeeDe (our permanent food vendor for the 2017 season you can find everyday in our Biergarten), to the mediterranean shores with Pic Nic 34‘s octopus sandwich, Pontecarlo‘s pasta ai frutti fi mare and risotti, without forgetting Valencia’ La Cuina and their delicious Fideua, the festival ventured this year into the Far East with the succulent Japanese okonomiyaki from Samurai Spoon and the herbal tastes of thaï green papaya salad with grilled mackerel from Khwan, Spud Bencer‘s mussels “à la marinière” were a treat as well as Nico’s Cancale Oysters, in direct provenance from Brittany which were an instant sell-out. We tried some wine-beer/seafood pairings with Maxim Bar à Vins and his hand-picked selection of nature wines. Excellent combination with seafood okonomiyaki and oysters was Brooklyn Brewery‘s “Sorachi Ace“, an unfiltered Japanese farmhouse saison that has been lost and lately revived in the state of Washington. BRLO‘s 7% German IPA was a hit with grilled shrimps owing to its slight notes of caramel.
See you next spring for more seafood spree! In the meantime, you can join the Berlin Seafood Festival Facebook page to post your best pictures, and send us your comments and suggestions for next year’s edition.
Mack Books just released Richard Mosse‘s new photobook, “Incoming“, derived from an ambitious multimedia project. 3 years after “The Enclave”, shot in Congo with Aerochrome infrared film, Mosse’s new photobook consists of 600 still images from his video installation at the London’s Barbican Gallery.
Projected across three 8 meter wide screens, the film – made in collaboration with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost – is accompanied by a loud dissonant soundtrack to create an overwhelming, immersive experience. Moving from footage of a live battle inside Syria, in which a US aircraft strikes Daesh positions on the ground, to a scene showing pathologists extracting DNA from the bones of unidentified corpses of refugees drowned off the Aegean island of Leros, the film opens a testimonial space of historical document mediated through an advanced military camera technology.
Narratives of the journeys made by refugees and migrants across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, are captured using an extremely powerful thermographic military camera which perceives body heat at a 50km distance. The camera translates the world into a heat signature of temperature difference, producing a dazzling monochrome halo-image which alludes literally and metaphorically to hypothermia, climate change, weapons targeting, border surveillance, xenophobia, and the life of stateless people.
The book is available at Urban Spree Berlin and online.