2010/06/01

NGOMA 6 - UKULWA



(as featured on Gen Bass and The Fader)

Framing house music, perhaps the most depoliticized of all urban musics, whose narrative revolve around unreflective pleasure seeking, in a political context may seem incredulous to some. Yet this incredulity would be based on a superficial reading of the essence of house music culture, despite what it has become in the commercial sphere: in its very inception, the escapism into a fantasy hedonistic world was an expression of the underprivileged and marginalized, and the creation of a sanctuary of acceptance was nothing less than a political act of the oppressed and discriminated against.

Perhaps even more than Chicago or Detriot 67, the political dimension is deeply interwoven into the urban musical fabric of South Africa, and has profoundly influenced its evolution. Zulu protest songs live on through Kwaito, the first musical expression of a free South Africa, and from there the current House culture developed: if less overtly rebellious, it nonetheless retains in its beats and voices the spirit of revolt: the urgent and passionate expression of a people who have been subjugated for too long.

The Zulu word Ukulwa means war and struggle. and in this context it can only mean a war against oppression and the struggle for freedom and independence. Apartheid may have officially ended, but its myriad effects can be unmistakably felt in a slew of social problems which plague the nation today, from crime to domestic violence as result of the break up of families, from poverty to various hardships which come from an entire generation having been systematically deprived of formal education. Thus even while many positive things are taking place, as South Africa is surely rising as a proud modern nation, even as we rejoice in these blissful rhythms, we must remember this war, and both continue, and continue to be inspired by, this struggle against domination, against injustice: Ukulwa.

STREAM: mixcloud

12 comments:

Roreek said...

Seems to be a little problem with track 22 in both separate tracks links. The file has no extension, and can't be copied or deleted.

The rest seem fine - looking forward to listening to it!

zhao said...

it might be the forward slash in the name. that's the only thing different. are you on a PC?

that track is the hightlight of the mix too: egyptian tabla meets Mujava...

zhao said...

just replaced the links, let me know if 22 works for you now Roreek?

Roreek said...

Its just fine now - thank you!

I am on a WinXP PC, for my sins...

gloomood said...

there are a few defects at the 6th track, unfortunately:

the right moments are:
0:59 min
1:20 min
1:55 min
2:07 min
2:28 min
...if you can fix that it is gonna be wonderful.
I wonder am I the only one listener with smart ears!?!?!?!?

gloomood said...

SO?!?!?! are you gonna do something, or will just have to delete that good issue just because of on DEFECTED track?
PLEASE answer something, no matter if it is gonna be negative !

gloomood said...

pity situation!!! NO RESPONSE!!!

gloomood said...

...so big tnx for the answer mega dj zhao

zhao said...

been crazy busy. will check this track when i get a minute

zhao said...

thanks for the heads up!

gloomood said...

mmmmYeah....I knew it, there will not be any answer back!!!......but whatever!!!

zhao said...

will look into this promise. sorry but i hardly have time to sleep these days.