Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force + DJ Super Muñeca
In 2014, Ndagga Rhythm Force was formed, distilling the mbalax sound into a minimal iteration that has been described as an “expression of a dream Dakar-Berlin nexus.”
On stage: 23.00
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force is a mesmerizing fusion of Senegalese sabar music and German techno. Their sound was born from Ernestus’ serendipitous encounter with mbalax, a polyrhythmic dance music from Senegal. Ernestus travelled to Dakar in search of the elusive music and wound up recording with a group of over 20 mbalax musicians and percussionists, veterans of the bands of Senegalese legends Baaba Maal and Youssou N’Dour. Over the course of two years, the sessions yielded seven records of hypnotic, dub-inflected mbalax, released under the name Jeri-Jeri.