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Baba Ndjhoni, Sven Eberlein, “Beet the System”


Baba Ndjhoni performs with San Francisco band Chemystry Set and plays this red 5-string by Michael Dolan. According to Baba, it's one of a set of four, built in the late '90s. "I believe that he did them just as an exercise," Baba writes, "but they turned out beautifully. I've had some major work done on it by SF Bay Area guitar tech legend Stephen White. Another SF area musician who plays a Michael Dolan emando is Russell Ives."

A German native living in San Francisco, I am a creative muse with a practical streak, intrigued by the endless hues that make up the stories of our human existence. The common thread that runs throughout my work is to elevate people and endeavors that make the world a bit more equitable and livable for all its inhabitants.

As an explorer of ecology from micro-level (soil) to human-scale (cities) to macro-level (cosmos), my approach to creating meaningful narratives is rooted in the understanding that everything is connected and the most fertile ground is often found in the spaces between. Whether it’s writing an article about urban composting or putting together a website for a creative reuse center, the goal is to shape the diverse pieces of the puzzle into a cohesive whole.

When I’m not assembling mental puzzles, I enjoy riding my bike through the streets of San Francisco, jamming with my culinary rock band Beet the System, and helping people chart their soul journey through astrology readings.


Beet The System blends a rockin’ tapestry of cross pollinating original ear worms with a generous helping of world beat, groove, bluegrass and punk-ish fertilizer. This hungry quintet feeds on its diverse musical roots to cook up a boundary-defying, hip shaking stew seasoned with tasty, nutrient-rich metaphors for a flavor befitting a rapidly changing world. In other words, culinary rebel rock.

Baba Ndjhoni, Sven Eberlein, “Beet the System”
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