DJ Zhao, Ngoma 6: Ukulwa Mixtape

Just in time for Youth Day, the June 16 holiday commemorating Soweto uprising against the apartheid regime, DJ Zhao has compiled an incredible mixtape of African and African-inspired dance music (including some of the self-same tracks we played on East Village Radio last week). “Ukulwa” translates to “war” in Zulu, and rather than divorcing diverse sounds such as kwaito and kuduro from their political context, he weaves the tape together with samples of people praising Mandela and giving empowering paeans to freedom, ensuring that even as we dance, we remember what we’re celebrating. In Zhao’s own words: “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.”

Download: DJ Zhao, Ngoma 6: Ukulwa Mixtape
(via Generation Bass)

POSTED June 14, 2010 4:30PM IN MP3 / STREAMS Comments (15) TAGS: , , , ,




  1. dude says:


  2. djmao says:

    listen to this mix, and the trrists win

  3. prism says:

    I played this mix backwards and I kept hearing some creepy voice saying “i piss on all of you. again.” so weird.

  4. eddddd says:

    lol, this guy

  5. WTF says:

    “listen to this mix and the terrorists win”??? are the Rush Limbaugh listeners reading Fader now?

    yes Mandela was considered a terrorists in America until 2008. that’s because Colonialists consider Freedom Fighters to be “terrorists”.

  6. DJ Naarsty says:

    Boy I didn’t know the fader attracted such a bunch of stupid fact can they read or was their mommy holding their hands and reading it out for them…dimwits…stuuupid!…..they’re probably members of the AWB & KKK..:-(..Not happy!

  7. Hworang says:

    whats with all the hate against america? I didnt know the fader blog readers were so xenophobic and racist against Americans

  8. grape aids says:

    STOOPS! zhao trolls harder than any of ya. real talk.

  9. eddddd says:

    People just hate Zhao

  10. jesus w/da answers says:


  11. DJ Naarsty says:

    I’m a c*nt and a racist

  12. wow says:

    amazing how much ignorance is out there.

  13. DJ Naarsty says:

    I did not say 12 above..but whoever did try imitating me has the tiniest penis and his missus comes to me for a good fcuk cause that asshole can’t satisfy her..redneck..kkk fcuk….dopey MF!

  14. WTF says:

    the comments on this page CLEARLY demonstrate why everyone hates Americans.