Beijing to Berlin Pt. 1: Dj Zhao’s music of cross-cultural revolution, Africa and communism. China Rising Radio Sinoland 190110

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By Jeff J. Brown

Pictured above: Dj Zhao in concert, showing us how all music seamlessly connects humanity, Africa and politics.



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Please note: this first interview covers Leo’s musical talents and philosophies. His synthesis of music, history and politics makes for a fascinating and informative discussion. For his writing and journalism, please see Part 2 (

I am pleased to have on the show today Leo He Zhao, also known as Dj Zhao. He is a talented musician, regularly performing in concert in Europe. As well, Leo is an excellent journalist/writer at, making him a true Renaissance man. I had the pleasure of learning about Leo, thanks to The Greanville Post publishing a couple of his articles, and I was very impressed with his research, perspective and reasoning. We started an email friendship and he kindly agreed to join me today.

Leo was born in Beijing and is now based in Berlin, with a background in sound art and left field techno. Dj Zhao is a rhythm ambassador and musicologist, bringing a poly-cultural understanding of sound to his deeply percussive cross-genre sets. In addition to playing more genre specific music in settings such as Berlin’s Berghain, Dj Zhao constructs powerful vibes without borders, bringing together innovative underground club, bass, and electronic music from places such as Luanda, New Jersey, Johannesburg, London, Bogota, Chicago, Nairobi, Paris, Cairo, and Berlin: it is irresistible polyrhythmic energy in motion. Dj Zhao fuses ancestral rhythms and urban bass pressure, connecting “East” and “West”, acoustic and electronic, traditional and modern. The best dance music from wildly different times and places come together with an artful sense of composition and mixing technique, Dj Zhao brings a sense of deeply satisfying sonic adventure to any occasion.

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JEFF J. BROWN, Editor, China Rising, and Senior Editor & China Correspondent, Dispatch from Beijing, The Greanville Post

Jeff J. Brown is a geopolitical analyst, journalist, lecturer and the author of The China Trilogy. It consists of 44 Days Backpacking in China – The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013); Punto Press released China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (2016); and for Badak Merah, Jeff authored China Is Communist, Dammit! – Dawn of the Red Dynasty (2017). As well, he published a textbook, Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). Jeff is a Senior Editor & China Correspondent for The Greanville Post, where he keeps a column, Dispatch from Beijing and is a Global Opinion Leader at 21st Century. He also writes a column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. Jeff writes, interviews and podcasts on his own program, China Rising Radio Sinoland, which is also available on YouTubeStitcher Radio, iTunes, Ivoox and RUvid. Guests have included Ramsey Clark, James Bradley, Moti Nissani, Godfree Roberts, Hiroyuki Hamada, The Saker and many others. [/su_spoiler]

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