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Shmaak a bit of doef doef? Ever wondered how the club cultures of Luanda, Nairobi and Cairo compare to Berlin and Cape Town. Ever wondered what kind of tunes they get down to? If these are your questions and they need answers then Ten Cities is for you, boet! And it’s coming to Joburg this weekend. Funded by those big brains at the Goethe Institute, Ten Cities goes down at KingKong, 6 Verwey Street, Troyeville this Friday from 6pm and the South African leg features the likes of Dirty Paraffin Cloe de Song, Motel Mari and is curated by João Orecchia. And yes once again we’ve got the FREE TICKETS. So just drop your favourite tune from your best muso on the list on the Mahala Facebook Page and we’ll connect you with 2 sets of double tickets!

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Ten cities, two continents, two disciplines: The project TEN CITIES teams up about 50 DJs, producers and musicians from Berlin, Bristol, Johannesburg, Cairo, Kiev, Lagos, Lisbon, Luanda, Nairobi and Naples, enabling them to produce music together and exchange their knowledge about the club scenes in their countries. At the same time, a research project will use the perspective of club cultures to explore and investigate the term of the public sphere: 23 researchers will work on essays and studies about the undocumented histories of those music scenes and their sub cultures.

After the kick-off in Luanda in November 2012 and the second phase in Lagos, the third episode of musical collaboration took the renowned Ukraine deep house/bass musicians Vakula and Dubmasta from Kiev to Johannesburg where they currently produce tracks together with Dirty Paraffin, Culoe De Song and Motél Mari amongst others.

The Johannesburg phase is curated and facilitated by artist and self-taught musician João Orecchia together with Berlin based DJ Hannes Teichmann. First sound bites of the Johannesburg collaboration will be presented to the public at a concert on 1 March.
Friday 01.03.13, 6.00 pm 
Venue: King Kong, 6 Verwey Street, Troyeville, Johannesburg 
Entrance: 30 ZAR pre-sale, 50 ZAR at the door
 Pre-sale tickets available at Quicket


Dirty Paraffin (Johannesburg) 
Dirty Paraffin is a Jo’burg based visual/performance art outfit consisting of Dr. Dj SpiZee lighting up beats and Okmalumkoolkat, who is telling stories trough jive talk and song. They always try to forge new genres and ways of making music, visible at their creation of a new genre, the Primustof.

Culoe De Song (Johannesburg) 
Culoe De Song has established himself as a major house music force, both in South Africa and abroad. He has been on an ascending trajectory since he started DJing in Durban in the mid-2000s and represented South Africa at the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona, Spain, in 2009.

Motèl Mari (Johannesburg) 
Motèl Mari is a band consisting of João Orecchia from Brooklyn NY who joined forces with Mpumelelo Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba of BLK JKS. The album Eternal Peasant by Motèl Mari was released on vinyl and download in July 2012 on Other Electricities.

Dubmasta (Kiev) 
Dubmasta aka Serge Dubrovsky is currently on the frontline of Kiev underground beat-makers scene. With fellow SKP Records label-mates he stands behind extremely productive aliases Dubmasta & Rootscontrolla, Inspector Reespeckto and dub-tech project Vzyal SoundSystem aka VS. His productions are marked with a spirit of experimental electronica and ghetto futurism.

Vakula (Kiev) 
Globally recognized in the deep-house-scene, Vakula has gradually established himself as one of Ukraine’s most in-demand musical phenomenon. Konotop-native Mikhaylo Vityk gained international recognition in 2008 after a series of highly acclaimed releases on upfront electronic labels such as Meakusma and Dekmantel. His take on house music is heavily influenced by the rich history of the genre, with subtle jazz touches multiplied by unique and very personal attitude to sound design.

The music productions are curated by: 
João Orecchia (Johannesburg) 
João Orecchia is an artist and self-taught musician who has been making music for many years. He also contributes heavily to the building of networks in alternative sound practice in Johannesburg by curating events that engage artists, musicians and the public in a collaborative, experimental spatial relationship with the city.

Hannes Teichmann, Adaptr.org (Berlin) 
Hannes Teichmann is one half of the German electronic music duo Gebrüder Teichmann/Teichmann Brothers. He works as a musician, DJ, producer and cultural activist.
From Johannesburg, the project will move to Egypt and Kenya.

The final result of the project will include: the new tracks compiled in music albums. Results of the research project will lead towards a conference and a publication, which examines the topics public sphere and urban space, telling the history of club music in those ten cities.

TEN CITIES is organized by the Goethe-Institut in Sub-Saharan Africa, in cooperation with Adaptr.org, Berlin and the Centre of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Naples, Italy.

Tickets R30 at Quicket, or at the door for R50

Organised by the Goethe-Institut.

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