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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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Tshepang “Rambo” Ramoba began his drumming career during a high school detention session. One day the detention teacher was absent and the detainees were sent to the contemporary music after school class. Ever the showman, Ramoba went over to the drum-kit and started banging away in an effort to rile the temper of his detainers only to have his remaining detention sessions turned into contemporary music lessons by the school principal. He later studied toward a diploma in African Music and Jazz at FUBA and also completed a diploma in sound engineering from the same institution. Ramoba abandoned his post graduate music studies at TUT when his band BLK JKS embarked on their first world tour. Career highlights include being voted “Best Musician” by Billboard at the SXSW festival in Texas, Winning the SAMA for “Best Alternative” album as a part of BLK JKS and doing a collaborative performance with Alicia Keys for the world cup opening concert. Though no collaboration comes close to playing with The Roots alongside drummer Questlove. In addition to being the vocalist and drummer for altenative rock band BLK JKS Ramoba is also a producer, music supervisor for films and also composes new music specific to the brief for films and commercials.

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Tshepang Ramoba & TEN CITIES
Already in February 2013 Tshepang became part of TEN CITIES, while he was a crucial part for organizing the recording phase in Johannesburg. In March 2015 he finally participated as a musicians by joining Afrologic from Lagos and DJ Satelite from Luanda for a trip to Nairobi, where all of the worked together with Just A Band, Wangechi, Provoke and more.

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