Kamaal Williams, Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe
Kamaal Williams is the Brownswood Recordings affiliate and London jazz scene stalwart “who ma[kes] music that gloriously distill[s] the city’s plurality.” (Pitchfork) As Henry Wu, he DJs at Panorama Bar, offering a set the winds through the warm, soulful electronic sounds he produces—as heard on releases such as Shades of Wu and Good Morning Peckham. As Kamaal Williams, he appears at Festsaal Kreuzberg, flanked by a full band. In 2018, the project released The Return, an excellent follow up to former duo Yussef Kamaal’s acclaimed Black Focus.
Uganda’s Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe, one of the few remaining groups that perform on the embaire—an extremely rare and gigantic indigenous wooden xylophone that is simultaneously played by eight musicians. Performers lock into a hypnotic, relentless polyphonic onslaught that transcends time and place, coalescing into one of the most complex and intriguing sonic forms in East Africa.
The concert is part of CTM Festival 2020 – Liminal, which will again play out across some of Berlin’s most standout cultural and nightlife venues. CTM pairs daring artistic content with an in-depth discourse programme, framing today’s sounds and music cultures within a shifting, hybrid global society. With the theme, “Liminal,” CTM 2020 examines transitional phases where familiar orders are destabilised.