The RBMA x CTM 2016 closing concert is followed by an afterparty, also co-hosted, celebrating the conclusion of ten high-octane festival days. The afterparty takes place just across the Spree, at Watergate.
CTM guest co-curator Rabih Beaini lays down a special DJ set dedicated to this year’s festival edition, exhibiting his far-reaching tastes as a producer, rambler, and collector. His wild musical amalgams combine original recordings from around the globe, Middle Eastern-influenced rhythmic cells, African space-jazz, multiple sources of vocal and instrumental meanderings with homemade techno structures. The results are a new form of vivacious and raw eclectic sound.
Love Cult, who make murky, esoteric “militant house” or “goth jungle” as an outlet “for worries and fears”, join Beaini at Watergate for their second appearance at this year’s festival. They are tastemakers in a flourishing Russian music underground concerned with giving voice to angsty, prolific youth cultures in both urban and remote locations. The DJ sets of Ivan Zoloto and Anya Kuts — who are also graduates of the Red Bull Music Academy programme — display their unique taste in edgy, beat-oriented sepulchral drudges.
Nan Kolè is a Rome-born DJ and co- owner of Gqom Oh!, a label founded together with South Africa-based Lerato Phiri especially dedicated to spreading the scope of gqom, a dance music style that’s recently risen out of Durban. Gqom takes its cues from a specific dance, bhenga, and is characterised by low-key house tempos, broken beats, vocal samples, and juicy drum fills. Much of it is produced by teenagers from the suburbs and townships. Nan Kolè describes the style as “apocalyptic riot music” reflecting South Africa’s strained history and acting as a crossroads for UK funky, kwaito, hip hop, and traditional African rhythm.
Please note that, due to problems in obtaining a visa permit, the previously-announced DJ Lakhe will unfortunately not perform. He is replaced by London's Beatrice Dillon, whose mixes trace the fringes of sounds lesser heard. The producer and composer has worked with NTS Radio while producing a string of mixes for labels such as Trilogy Tapes, Truants, and Blow Up Workshop.
On the Water Floor, HMOT — who assembles and promotes a range of Siberian artists via his Klammklang label, and Berlin newcomer HEAR, take revelers into the early morning.
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