Dark – Different – Durban

by Thomas Burkhalter

Gqom from Durban is being added to our Norient playlists for quite a while now. On our recent South African tour we finally met some of the producers of this deep and dark electronic music in different townships around Durban. We interviewed them, and edited, mixed and manipulated their voices and music. Third take of our gqom edits: Dominowe. We met him at his house in Newlands East, Durban. Co-produced by Thomas Burkhalter, Bit-Tuner and Dejot. See older gqom edits: Citizen Boy and Menchess.


Dominowe – Video by Dejot


Linah Blose - Interview



In front of Dominowe’s house in Newlands East, Durban (photo: Thomas Burkhalter)
Daniel Jakob, Dominowe, Linah Blose, Marcel Gschwend (photo: Thomas Burkhalter)

Album by Dominowe


Gqom Edits Series

Published on June 27, 2017

Last updated on January 16, 2020


Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist and cultural producer from Switzerland. He is the founder and director of Norient – Performing Music Research (norient.com), and artistic director of the Norient Film Festival. Recent main projects include the documentary film «Contradict» (2019), the AV/theatre/dance performance «Clash of Gods» (2018), and the re-launch of Norient (2019). He published the book «Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut» (Routledge), and co-edited «The Arab Avant Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East» (Wesleyan University Press).
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