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Pulo NDJ is an encounter between talented artists from Chad & Cameroon, globe-trotting Nickodemus and HAPE Collective's own DJ Buosis
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An exploration of traditional Chadian music with an electronic twist...

...SOON OUT ON WONDERWHEEL RECORDINGS!

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WHO WE ARE

Nickodemus has been touring as a DJ all over the World since the mid 90’s. With his imprint Wonderwheel Recordings he is exploring the eclectic dancefloor sounds of the globe. Find out more here or check Insta.

HAPE Collective is a music and culture promotion collective born in Havana, Cuba, in 2016. The collective has signed responsible for bringing boundary-breaking sounds to places such as Cuba, Chad, Niger, Belgium, Italy and the USA. Supporting the work of a new generation of creatives from the global South, the collective has also held music workshops in Cuba, Niger and Chad. Find out more here or check Insta.

THIS PROJECT: Pulo NDJ

Chad is in many ways a blind spot on the map of today's global musical conversation. Overlooked, misunderstood and misrepresented, outside observers rarely concede the country an autonomous voice over its past, present and future.

Tackling this view is precisely one of the aims of Pulo NDJ, result of the encounter between HAPE Collective and a group of talented artists from Cameroon, Chad, Congo and Togo. One year and an half later, we are almost ready to produce our first album. And we need your help to make it happen!

Listen to one of the songs while you read more.

It happened to be in N’Djamena, the dusty capital of Chad with its well-kept stories of boundary-breaking musical collaborations and thirst for experimentation. A city that reflects the country's diversity: the arid North, bordering the Sahara, where nomadic tribes revere the endless desert with their handcrafted instruments. The lush tropical South, where the frenetic drumming of local initiation ceremonies blends with sounds of neighboring Congo and Cameroon. Right in the middle: N'Djamena, a forgotten melting pot of cultures and peoples bursting with unrecorded stories of life at the margins of the world's attention.

The project found its inspiration in the city's un-narrated diversity and seeks to explore the possibilities offered by technology to demonstrate how the country’s rich heritage connects with existing musical conversations. It strives to create bridges in a world of walls. It has been a yearlong creative process that built friendships and fostered understanding among people united by a passion for music and creation.

In May 2018, Nickodemus accepted an invitation to travel to N'Djamena. Of a weeklong series of encounters and conversations about music and culture was born the idea of this album featuring 10 songs, originally written and recorded in N’Djamena. 

Recording in N'djamena
Recording in N'djamena

THE SONGS

Pulo NDJ's first album contains hopeful and life-affirming songs documenting the human experience in this overlooked corner of the world:  

Dabadji Am Alcorama and Cera Cera, are two songs built around the sound of the garaya, a traditional string instrument used by the shepherds of the region on their crossings of the desert.  

Mbaoundaye and Bazaka are reminiscent of Southern Chad’s traditional ceremonies with their hypnotic balafon and tam-tam patterns and ancestral chants.  

Sanga finds its origins in rhythms used in Cameroonian wedding parties and blending it with Soukuss and Congolese rumba.  

Taroum brings a West African afrobeat flavor to the game.  

Kewolea takes its inspiration from Togo, a marvelous song about man’s respect for its own work.  

And finally the two hits on the album: Un Jour, an uplifting rap-song based on a garaya loop Clandoman, a song of praise to the ubiquitous moto-taxi drivers, the real kings of the roads of the Sahel. 

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THE DEAL

The production of the Pulo NDJ album is a collaborative effort between HAPE collective and Wonderwheel Recordings and requires a total investment of around 9000€. HAPE collective will contribute 2000€ to the recording and mastering of the album. Our aim: collecting 2800€ and more which Wonderheel Recordings will match. 

By backing this project you will get the free download of the album and other awesome rewards, including field recording from remote locations in Chad, a fanzine telling you the story of HAPE Collective and Pulo NDJ, a 7" inch vinyl record of our favorite two songs from the album and much more. Check them out!

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UNE EXPLORATION DE LA MUSIQUE TRADITIONNELLE TCHADIENNE AVEC UNE TOUCHE D’ÉLÉCTRO 

... bientôt sur Wonderwheel Recordings!

QUI SOMMES-NOUS  

Comme DJ et producteur Nickodemus a fait plusieurs fois le tour du monde. Avec son label Wonderwheel il continue sa recherche des sons et rythmes qui font bouger les pistes de dance du monde entier. Pour plus d’info voyez ici.  

HAPE Collective est un collectif de promotion musicale et culturelle né à La Havane, Cuba, en 2016. Depuis sa création le collectif a su faire des rencontres musicales internationales sa marque principale avec des évènements organisés à Cuba, au Chad, Niger, Belgique, Italie et Etats-Unis. A travers ses ateliers organisés à Cuba, Niger et au Chad le collectif soutien une nouvelle génération de créateurs musicaux du Sud. Pour plus d’info voyez ici.

NOTRE PROJET: Pulo NDJ  

Le Tchad représente à bien des égards un territoire inexploré sur la carte musicale du monde. Ignoré et mécompris, rares sont ceux qui concèdent au pays une une voix autonome dans le dialogue musical mondial.

S'attaquer à cette situation est précisément l’un des objectifs de Pulo NDJ, résultat de la rencontre entre HAPE Collective et un groupe d’artistes talentueux venus du Cameroun, du Tchad, du Congo et du Togo.  

C’est à N’Djamena, la capitale du Tchad, que tout commence. Une ville qui reflète la diversité peu connue du pays: un Nord aride, en bordure du Sahara, où les tribus nomades vénèrent le désert à travers leurs instruments traditionnels. Le Sud tropical, où les rythmes frénétiques des tambours de cérémonies d'initiation dominent et se mêlent aux sons du Congo et du Cameroun voisins. Au milieu de tout ça : N'Djamena, un melting-pot oublié, regorgeant d'histoires sur une vie à la marge de l’attention internationale.

Le projet s'inspire de N'Djamena et de sa diversité pour démontrer comment le riche patrimoine du pays s'insère dans des conversations globales existantes en alliant tradition et modernité musicale. Il s'efforce à créer des ponts dans un monde ou prédominent les murs. L’album est le fruit d'un processus créatif de plus d’un an qui a permis de nouer amitiés et de réunir les participants autour de leur passion commune pour la musique.  

En May 2018, Nickodemus a accepté une invitation à visiter N'Djamena. D’une semaine de rencontres et de conversations a germé l’idée de cet album, qui comprend 10 morceaux, écrits et enregistrés au Tchad.

Sami aka Gariboy, the lead voice
Sami aka Gariboy, the lead voice

L'ALBUM

Ce sont des chansons d’espoir qui racontent la vie dans ce coin méconnu du monde.  

Dabadji Am Alcorama et Cera Cera sont deux morceaux construits autour de la Garaya, un instrument à cordes traditionnel utilisé par les bergers de la région lors de leur traversée du désert.  

Mbaoundaye et Bazaka rappellent les cérémonies traditionnelles du sud du Tchad- avec leurs chants ancestraux, les notes hypnotiques du Balafon et aux rythmes du tam-tam.  

Le morceau Sanga trouve ses origines dans la musique des célébrations de mariage Camerounaises, mais s’inspire aussi du Soukous et de la rumba congolaise.  

Taroum apporte une touche d’afrobeat d’Afrique de l’Ouest à l’album. Kewolea est une chanson merveilleuse sur l’amour du métier et s’inspire de la musique du Togo.  

Enfin, les deux tubes: Clandoman, un hommage aux conducteurs de moto-taxi omniprésents, les vrais rois de la route dans le Sahel. Et Un Jour, un morceau de rap-pop optimiste, construit sur la base d’une boucle de Garaya.  

More bridges, less walls!
More bridges, less walls!

CE QUE NOUS PROPOSONS  

La production de l’album ‘Desert to Douala’ est une collaboration entre HAPE Collective et Wonderwheel Recordings et nécessite un investissement total de 9000€. HAPE Collective contribuera 2000€ à l'enregistrement et au mastering de l'album. Notre objectif: récolter 2800€ pour finaliser la production et qui seront compémentés par Wonderwheel Recordings. En soutenant ce projet vous aurez droit à un téléchargement gratuit de l’album et d’autres récompenses, notamment des enregistrements du Tchad, un 45-tours comportant nos deux chansons préférées de l’album et pleins d’autres choses!

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    Pledge €5 or more About US$ 6

    1 single free DL + the fanzine!

    You get the two hits of the album & the fanzine with plenty of untold stories from this magical place called Chad - including exclusive photos from the recording of PULO NDJ's debut album.

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    Free DL of the album + fanzine!

    Free download of the album on the release date! Plus the electronic version of the fanzine, with untold stories of HAPE Collective and Pulo NDJ.

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    N'djamena t-shirt + album DL + fanzine!

    A limited edition of the "I HAPEn to be in N'djamena" t-shirt (see photos). Free download of the album on the release date! And the electronic version of the fanzine, with untold stories of HAPE Collective and Pulo NDJ.

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    Field recordings + album DL + fanzine!

    Raw recordings and loops of wooden balafon, garaya, voices, attaque and other deep African instruments. Straight out from the desert. Plus the album in WAV and MP3 and the fanzine!

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    7" Vinyl w/ 2 hits + album DL + fanzine!

    Clandoman and Mbaoundaye. Two pearls telling you the story of a magic and rare encounter of traditional Chad with electronic music. A must! Only 50 vinyls available. It includes a free download of the album one week before its release and the fanzine.

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    Your name in the album + all the rest!

    Your support being so generous, you get your name mentioned in the album credits, plus the vinyl, the complete album to download, the printed fanzine and the access to the database containing all the raw recordings coming straight out from the desert!

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