The boundaries of objects are vague - and that goes for us too… Describing the world in terms of discrete objects is a useful fiction.” - Kees van Deemter

Well worn cliche or not, everything is connected. Borders and separation, in the spheres of physics, of politics, of “race”, as it is of culture, are illusions fostered by narrow and fearful minds, often purposefully fabricated by those who seek control and to benefit from alienation, antagonism, and the suffering of millions.

Today our conceptions of the cultures of the world, of their history and relationships to each other, is sadly still under heavy influence of 18th and 19th century revisionist versions of history. During those colonialist times in the United States, education reform initiated by the wealthy elite of powerful industrialists applied sweeping changes across university campuses, teaching a fundamental and intrinsic divide between “East” and “West”, painting the former as largely superstitious, backwards, repressive, and the later progressive, modern, liberal. While in Europe racist German and English scholars began erasing the African and Asian foundational influence of classical Greece out of history, replaced by an absurd Euro-centric story of the “Cradle of Western Civilization” developing more or less autonomously, with the only outside influence from “Northern Tribes”, separate from much older and more advanced civilizations in close physical proximity. The dissemination of this fictional dichotomy between the “occident” and “orient” has always been politically motivated: it furthers the aims of the ruling class, provides a necessary ideological backdrop for colonial and neo-colonial agendas, and is still instrumental in world affairs today (the structural basis for “the war on terror” as related to the demonization of Islam).

But there is no essential divide between “East” and “West”, their relationship being more like parent and child. And when it comes to music, the inter-relatedness of all cultures and the character of their specific relationships can be perhaps even more easily understood. For instance if one looks at the history of the guitar, one finds that it was descendent of the Oud, the first record of which appears in ancient Mesopotamia during the Acadian period (2359-2159 BC). The Romans around 40 AD made a version of it called the Cithara, which spread to the Vikings in Europe; and later Gypsies living in Islamic Spain created the modern guitar based on that. And if one traces the history of 20th Century North American pop and dance music, a crude and very abbreviated but basically sound genealogy describes a line going back to Disco, to Soul, to Funk, to Motown, to Gospel, to Blues, to Jazz, to work songs of the slaves, and indeed, to Africa.

Continuities are everywhere one chooses to look: the Balkans are connected to Israel to Iraq to Spain to Egypt to Morrocco to Mali to the Congo to Haiti to Cuba to Colombia to NYC. Yet there is still this prevalent vantage point that “World Music” is indeed somehow fundamentally different from “Western Music”, and it is still shocking to some that non-Western sounds are making such a ripple in 2010 (the success of artists such as Omar Suleyman, and a new wave of indie musicians citing non-western influence). As if Rock and Roll itself wasn’t African American, and less directly, African in origin. As if Led Zeppelin wasn’t heavily influenced by Turkish music, or the Rolling Stones by Morroccan traditions, the Beatles by Indian Classical, Can and (early) Kraftwerk by East Asian sensibilities and African percussion, Debussey and John Cage by Indonesian Gamelan, Steve Reich and Georgy Ligetti by African polyrhythms, etc, etc, etc. Forward thinking and ground breaking modern music in the “west” has always taken cues from much older non-western sources (similar to the way modern visual art owes much to pre-modern, so called “primitive” forms).

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next gigs:

9th September Jacki Terrasse, Schillingbruecke

10th September ZKF, zur Moebelfabrik Brunnenstr.

Tracklist:

01 intro
02 Francis Bebey - Flute Aria VS Joey Suiki Apster - Stick it
03 Francis Bebey - Mbira Dance VS Chocolate Puma - WHohatnuffdrums
04 Grant C. Dull - El Remolón_ Pikatxu (w_ Los Putxos).
05 07. Chambacu - No Quiero Envejecer (Zhao Edit)
06 Unknown - Unknown (Bongo Bongo)
07 Rei Helder - Na Coladera
08 Badenya Les Freres Coulibaly - Boroto
09 Trompies - Ntshamme
10 Mapaputsi - It’s Your Life
11 Bleksem - Ezibandayo
12 Browndash - Puff Puff Pass
13 Bleksem - Skepsel
14 Pitch Black Afro feat. Bravo - Matofotofo
15 Unknown - Omalatu
16 Brothers of Peace - Mapodisa
17 Skomplazi - S’khaba Mabahodlela
18 Skeat - Respect
19 Mapaputsi - Last Man Standing
20 Yasmin - Kalil I Hila (from album Shaklak Hatouwhachni)
21 Nancy Ajram - ya si el sayed
22 Ravinder Grewal - Jhanjraan
23 Harjit Heera - Udhju-Udhju
24 Ahmad Adaweya - Salametha Omm Hassan - (Zhao Edit)
25 Unknown Maroc (Zhao Edit)
26 Peter Miles Navio - Rukus
27 Chameleone - Bomboclaat
28 Earbc - Kube
29 Peter Miles - Muwala
30 Cookie The Herbalist - Inna Mi Car
31 Merciless - Countryboy
32 riddim transition
33 Popcaan - Up Inna Di Club
34 Kasambwe Brothers VS Negghead - Build It Up (Break it Down mix)
35 Dady Mimbo - Bouba (Cool)