Melika Ngombe Kolongo, known by her alias Nkisi, explores the sonic resonances between traditional rhythms, hard European dance tropes, and synthesizer melodies. Her intricate sound worlds channel African cosmology through a dazzling array of contemporary club styles like gqom, juke, grime and techno. Combining sweeping polyrhythms with a keen ear for distinctive sound design, her animated electronic music reaches ecstatic heights, as witnessed on her LP 7 Directions, released on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label. During Rewire, Nkisi presents a new A/V performance, focussing on the gestural world of spiritual guardians called the Zangbeto.
Presented in collaboration with Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond.
Nkisi will perform on Saturday 9 April.