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Trashfest 10th Anniversary

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It is with with great joy, honour and anticipation that we announce the 10th Anniversary of Berlin’s weirdest, wildest, and most legendary festival, TRASHFEST.

FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED:

BANDS:
Freak de l’Afrique
Conjunto Papa Upa
Scúru Fitchádu
Mfa Kera and Mike Russell’s Black Heritage
Conjunto Vaya Nacho

DJS:
Dj Anacaona
j.do rio aka João Xavi
Sigourney Skywalker
Anonymous Pro
Mohair Sam
Mayo-Ra
Send the Friend (GR)
Nes Ta
Jimmy Trash

ALSO ON SHOW: Lefter Records will have a mini store of relevant vinyl on sale from 19uhr – 23 uhr!

Freak de l’Afrique is a Berlin based collective of Djs, Mcs and dancers who share a passion for modern African Club sounds. They are an energy EXPLOSION and full of legendary creatives and have worked alongside Goethe Institute and Redbull to be able to tour East Africa and Europe and spread their floor burning vibes.

Conjunto Papa Upa is the latest band by “The Hardest Working Man in Tropical Music” Alex Figueira (Fumaça Preta, Music With Soul, VintageVoudou), alongside percussion meister Gerardo Rosales. Papa Upa is a latin rhythm machine, dipping into the grooviest parts of Venezuelan Afro, Salsa and Carribean heritage and then wrung through the psychedelic and dj culture processor you can expect from a Names You Can Trust band.

Scúru Fitchádu
Mixing anti-colonial punk politics, live and programmed drums and exceptional stage shows with the ancient rhythms of funana, the outlawed and ancient music from Cabo Verde, Scuru Fitchadu feels like Death Grips if they grew up inthe island pennisula…..It’s their first gig in Berlin and we are honoured to host them.

Mfa Kera with Mike Russell and Black Heritage
Some years ago I was digging in Amsterdam and found an amazing LP with an astonishing face of the artist on the front cover. It was the amazing Mfa Kera, who I interpreted to be something like a Madagascan answer to Nina Hagen…. and it quickly became my favourite new wave album of all time. A little investigation found she was living in Berlin, and still going very strong with many musical and artistic projects. I’ll post more of this story later but for now, I am BURSTING to present to our Trashfest audience, MFA KERA will be performing with a full afrobeat band!!!

Conjunto Vaya Nacho This Band is based on the affection of Colombian Vallenato Music. Rocking an accordeon, bass, 1973 drum machine and guest singers, we are very happy to have these locals join us.

j.do Rio aka João Xavi
I have a perverse pleasure in the wild in-yo-face electric boogaloo of 80s-90s Baille Funk and Miami Bass, so I personally invited specialist J.do Rio aka João Xavi of Batuque Lowfi. He has made a mix just for us, listen and wig out and understand how fun this will be in the Urban Spree basement on the night of Trashfest !!!

Dj Anacaona is also a Venezuelan émigré to Berlin’s tropical music scene with connections to the La Regla Party here. After being in all of the rebellious music scenes of vibrant Caracas; Hardcore, Reggae, Hip Hop – she brings the same attitude to her heavy bomb salsa mixes which you have to hear to believe.

We are deeply indebted to Musicboard Berlin for helping us to set up this incredible event, as well as our longterm partners Urban Spree.

Poster art by Mohair Sam.

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Additional Sponsors:
Roots Café
Berliner Berg

It goes without saying Trashfest is an open space free of discrimination and any sexist, racist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour will get your ass kicked out.

Can’t wait to see you all there ♥ ♥ ♥

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Orchestre Les Mangelepa

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!

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El Rass Hip Hop Show

For the first time: El Rass in Berlin!

/AL\ Berlin presents El Rass (Live hiphop and DJ) directly from Tripoli/ Lebanon and Shins-k (DJ, Tokyo/ Berlin)!

Line Up:
19:00 Doors open
20:00 DJ set | Shins-k
21:30 Live | El Rass
22:30 DJ set | Shins-k
23:15 DJ set | El Rass

\\El Rass\\
In Arabic means (The head), also known as Mazen El Sayed, he is a rapper and a music producer from Tripoli Lebanon. He already has in his discography 5 albums, the newest being “Baad Al Hazimeh” (After defeat), in addition to more than 200 singles in collaboration with many other music-makers and rappers from the region. He is a member of the “MSKH” collective and co-founder of the label “Hamim”.

El Rass’s work has gained fame during the last 7 years around the Arab world, especially for his dense lyrical content and the rejection of being confined to a limited set of topics or approaches. But also for an uncompromising spirit of expression, intertwined with a vision of rap as a free space for nuance and detail. He interacts with heritage as a source of inspiration, from within it, in continuity. While in form, El Rass makes his musical choices with a drive to push out of conventional formats, on the levels of arrangement and diversity in performance between singing and rapping.
LINKS:

https://soundcloud.com/el-rass-the-head
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHmiKKdcd5E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlAB1o5zxkQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbI0oZ02uJg

\\Shins- k\\
Hailing from the land of rising sun, SHINS-K has a unique musical taste and you never know what to expect next from him.

He plays effortlessly between the borders of Bass Music, Hip Hop, Jungle, Dub, Techno, Noise or even traditional african and the middle eastern sounds, avoiding genre-fication and stylistic limitations.

One of the curator of Arabic Hip-hop event/project, ”AIWA” (supported by MusicBoard Berlin in 2016/2017).

https://www.facebook.com/aiwaberlin/

LINKS:
http://www.soundcloud.com/shins-k

\\About /AL\ Berlin\\

/AL\ Festival Berlin is on the Music Board Berlin Festival Funding list for 2019.

The /AL\Festival aims to connect Berliners who are interested in the Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Scene with musicians and music acts from the region, to create a temporal spatial opportunity to develop this scene in Berlin as a Contemporary Moment, regardless of margin spots on Eurocentric festivals or programs promoted for their empowerment value alone. We want to promote and empower this scene for its artistic value, while giving it its deserved unique space to develop further sustainably.



Big ‡ Brave • My Disco • Nonn

 

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⊙ BIG ‡ BRAVE ⊙
Southern Lord Records
In existence since 2012 with members Robin Wattie, Mathieu Ball and Louis-Alexandre Beauregard spread across two guitars and drums respectively, BIG|BRAVE sound many magnitudes bigger than one would suspect a trio is capable of. Anticipation gracefully helps to build up every salvo launched by the band, assaulting the eardrum with incredible precision. Their compositions increasingly more refined, juxtaposing sparse minimalism with thunderous feedback, BIG|BRAVE strives to continue pushing the limits of what heavy experimental rock can sound like while maintaining a strong interest in reaching bliss.
Somewhere between the margins of a minimal rock band, experimental outfit and drone aficionados, BIG|BRAVE strives to never belong to anyone given classification. Utilising standard “band” tools such vocals, electric guitars, drums, feedback and amplifiers, B|B explores the possibilities of what a band can sound like while constantly resisting and deconstructing the archetypal characterisations of song structure and form.
Building spectacular, inverted rock constructions that sound many magnitudes bigger than one would suspect a trio was capable of, Montreal’s BIG|BRAVE has been in existence since 2012, with members spread across two guitars and drums respectively. Unhurried and untouchable, BIG|BRAVEpossess that same valued independent spirit which pervades their local contemporaries, and is at the root of their intense and exploratory musical offerings. Their sound lulls and lurches between passages of rhythmic noise pollution and vocal led awe, using considered juxtapositions of force and restraint to warp the senses. Remarkably quiet at times, their ambiance is not one of minimalism, but of dawning, foreboding power with the need to be vented, and when the hot flushes of blighted percussion and monochromatic guitar scrapes arrive, they arrive with triumphant force.
https://bigbrave.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/bigbravemusic/?ref=br_rs
http://www.bigbrave.ca/
https://www.instagram.com/big_brave_/
https://www.southernlord.com/bands/view/big-brave

⊙ MY DISCO ⊙
Temporary Residence / Downwards Records
MY DISCO is an Australian music group that was formed between long term 2018 collaborators, Rohan Rebeiro, Benjamin Andrews, and Liam Andrews in 2003.
In 2003, MY DISCO performed their first shows in unconventional all-ages venues in Melbourne.
Late 2003 saw the release of their debut 7″ and marked their first Australian tour. The band soon became renowned for their arduous tour ethic, demonstrated in extensive tours to often far to reach destinations that included remote areas of Australia, Southeast Asia and Mexico.
The release of their debut album ‘Cancer’ in late 2006 marked a new level of emphasis on minimalism. More international and national tours were undertaken, including additional tours to the United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Their second album ‘Paradise’ was recorded in Chicago, Illinois in 2007 with Steve Albini at his studio Electrical Audio. The album is noted as the band’s most refined and minimalist release, capturing their stentorian live sound, with several songs consisting of one note, repetitive single-sentence vocals and long- sustained guitar chords. Drum patterns, although minimal, still offer dance-like, disjointed beats.
2010 saw the release of a new single called “Young”, a limited edition 12″ released through Mistletone Records and re-issue through Blast First Petite, as a lead up to their third and forthcoming album.
2010 Saw the release of the band’s third and most diverse album, ‘Little Joy.’ Their first signing to NYC acclaimed label, Temporary Residence Limited.
2012 MY DISCO released another limited 12″, this time World Wide through Temporary Residence Ltd, entitled “Wrapped Coast.” The record features two extensive racks, with remixes by London’s Factory Floor, and Birmingham based noise-maker Justin Broadrick.
On International Record Store Day in 2013, the band put out a single on one of the World’s most acclaimed independent labels, Sub Pop records. It featured as the label’s 1000th release.
2014/15 saw the band put the finishing touches on their fourth studio album, entitled “Severe” and once again working with Producer and friend Cornel Wilzcek at Electric Dreams Studios in South Melbourne.
https://mydisco.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/MYDISCOMYDISCO/
https://soundcloud.com/MYDISCO
https://www.temporaryresidence.com/collections/my-disco

⊙ NONN ⊙
Fuzz Club Records
The debut from NONN was a stark collection of minimalistic post-punk that marked him as one of the most exciting outputs in the dark Scandinavian scene. After touring the record across Europe and recruiting a full band, the project is back with its second album, XVII, due for release December 7th on Fuzz Club.
Now more of a collaborative effort, with Hannes Nyling and Christian’s brother Alexander joining the fold, the new record deals in a fuller more refined sound and packs a far heftier punch. Where the self-titled debut was a restrained, minimalist affair, XVII opts for slabs of industrial electronics and hard-hitting percussion. The gloomy 80s sensibilities are still there – see the occasional Cure-esque guitars and morose gothic vocals – but on XVII, NONN turn their eyes more towards the electronic affliction of EBM and synth-punk than the polished, more-digestible post-punk that came reverberating out of the decade.
This shift in the band’s sound all boils down to having to reinvent the songs when taking them on the road following the release of their debut, which saw them tour the UK and mainland Europe and play at a number of festivals; from Liverpool Psych Fest and Fuzz Club Eindhoven to, more recently, Endless Daze in South Africa. “Since the last record we’ve been doing a lot of shows which gave us a lot of inspiration. We reworked the old songs to sound a bit fuller and more fun to play live. Having to reinvent all the sounds and instruments from the first album really inspired the direction on XVII,” Christian remarks.
It’s clear that taking the project on the road with a full-band has had a notable effect. Tracks like ‘Clear’, ‘Home’ and ‘Beyond’ see NONN shift their bleak, darkwave-inflected post-punk into something far richer. It’s still got that minimalistic feel and the ear-worm melodies are still there, but it’s more sinister and fleshed out. Though, what truly sets this album apart from the debut is where the band have delved deeper into their electronic side. The industrial stomp of album-opener ‘Pray’ declares the LP’s merciless intent without a guitar in sight; it’s a destructive cut of throbbing synths and desolate drum machine, underpinned by Christian’s monotonous vocals. Partner that with the sparse, haunting electronics of ‘Believe’ and the mechanical synth-punk of ‘Hide’ and it’s clear that NONN are at their best when truly embracing their deeply-cherished Moog Sub Phatty, using it to exorcise the many demons lurking beneath the noise.
https://fuzzclub.bandcamp.com/album/xvii
https://soundcloud.com/nonnband
https://www.facebook.com/nonnband

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presale ends thursday may 16th 6pm.
limited to 250 spots!
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⊙ smash racism, sexism, genderism, homophobia, nationalism, fascism, drugism, religionism, lookism, borders (on the maps & in the minds), genres, scenes, image, trend, hype & any other brainwashit ⊙

 

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Riviera Club-live Plutonium Baby, Slander Tongue plus afterparty

RIVIERA CLUB presents:
A celebration of soul-garage-latin-black

Live

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


www.plutoniumbaby.wixsite.com/home
www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=plutonium%20baby

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).
https://slandertongue.bandcamp.com
Dj’s afterparty

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

 

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CANCELLED: Heavy Mental: In Zaire, Tau

Swamp Booking and MILK ME and Schmutz present:
Heavy Mental concert series: #3

In Zaire

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.

https://www.facebook.com/In-Zaire-109050415832929
https://inzaire1.bandcamp.com/

TAU

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.”

https://www.facebook.com/tauberlin/
https://tauofficial.bandcamp.com/

 

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