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Nkisi in residence at Cafe Oto

Her Ngbaduma series will explore the psycho-acoustic properties of rhythm

Between 1–3 March Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi will take up a three day residency in East London’s Cafe Oto to present Ngbaduma, a series exploring “trance inducing body, acoustic and optical rhythms through collaborative works, invited sonic performances and my own solo sonic presentation”, she comments. “I am interested in how we communicate through rhythm and the importance of also looking at traditional rhythm in their purposes.

“The trance-inducing power obtained by pulsating frequencies has an effect on the brain wave patterns of humans,” she adds. Participants include Nkisi performing solo and in collaboration with John T Gast as Coldwar, Paul Maheke, Aniche Buanda collaborating with CC Tedika, Astrid Gnosis, Primitive Art and a DJ set from Lyzza.

Nkisi’s three day residency is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.