Gabber Modus Operandi ft Wahono x Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe

Rehearsal photo by Udo Siegfriedt.

A unique commission by Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Festival and CTM pairs Gabber Modus Operandi, DIVISI62's Wahono, and Uganda's Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe filled Berghain with a particular raucous, joyous energy.

Born out of shared obsessions for all things high-octane, fast-paced, and outrageous, Gabber Modus Operandi explode gabber, footwork, grindcore, and noise with a number of Indonesian sounds such as jathilan, dangdut koplo, and funkot—as heard in PUXXXIMAXXX and HOXXXYA.

Wahono is an artist from Jakarta, Indonesia, whose practice involves physical and nonphysical audiovisual forms. He is the founder and creative director of DIVISI62, a sound and visual arts label that explores identity issues, Indonesian history, and the cross-pollination of world heritage. He performs and produces with Uwalmassa, exploring connections between contemporary electronics and traditional Indonesian sounds.

The Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe is one of the few remaining groups that perform on the embaire—an extremely rare and gigantic indigenous wooden xylophone simultaneously played by eight musicians. They 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. Equally engaging are Nakibembe's standalone concerts, where they perform their own repertoire.

↑ Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe performance at CTM 2020 Festival Berlin.