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João Orecchia's Motèl Mari

Motèl Mari are João Orecchia, Mpumelelo Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba. Shortly after landing in Johannesburg in 2004, Orecchia, a Brooklyn born and schooled wanderer who wound up in Berlin as a ‘teenager” messing with experimental punk before moving years later to South Africa, heard some talk about a psychadelic afro rock outfit called BLK JKS.  They became fast friends and have been working together on projects ever since.  Mpumi and Tshepang (guitar and drums respectively) would often join João on stage, adding thunderous beats and general bigness to the otherwise textural and floating soundscapes. Slowly they started becoming a band.

João Orecchia is a self taught non-musician who has been making music for many years. His fascination is in squeezing sounds out of anything and layering them on top of other sounds squeezed out of other things. From guitars to manipulated circuits and banjos to field recordings.

Mpumelelo Mcata is a self taught, self-made “engine of ingenuity”. Growing up in Johannesburg he dreamt of the life he now has, having super powers, the ability to create, manipulate and move anti-matter using abstract energy like sound waves, playing rock guitar, firmly planted among the roots of African music.

Tshepang Ramoba is a pure and simple rock star. He was once convinced to wear an article of red clothing over his all black armour. He is also known for notoriously famous amongst his loving band mates for being in three places at once….on the drumkit atleast - Africa time! - He was once voted the best musician at SXSW by Billboard Magazine.

Motèl Mari's first studio album, Eternal Peasant will be out on Other Electricities on vinyl and download July 2012.

    João Orecchia: voice, guitar, banjo, bass, vuvuzela, kazoozuzela, accordion, synthesizer, electronics, tapes, toy piano, loops

Mpumelelo Mcata: voice, guitar, bass, synthesizer, loops

Tshepang Ramoba
: voice, drums


Vincent are Tobias Vethake and João Orecchia. Loops, loops and loops of cellos, guitars, synths and pedals. Once in a while these two get together and write some krautfolk "songs" inspired by cold weather. Johannesburg speaks to Berlin in a funny language.

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