Black Music Renaissance III


BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE 3 goes Black History Month

Jedes Jahr im Februar wird in zahlreichen Ländern der Black History Month mit Veranstaltungen zu Schwarzer Kultur und Geschichte zelebriert. Auch die WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN macht mit verschiedenen Veranstaltungen Schwarze Kultur, Geschichte und Gegenwart sichtbar. Im Februar 2017 werden wir in Kooperation mit dem preisgekrönten Schwarzen Pianisten Kelvin Sholar die vierteilige Konzertreihe BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE zum dritten Mal durchführen. Beginnend mit dem 3. Februar 2017 präsentieren wir jeden Freitag klassische und einzigartige Musikstile der afrikanischen Diaspora aus den Amerikas und Eurasien: HipHop, Blues, Arbeitslieder (work songs), Jazz, Reggae, Soul, Rock, Rumänischer Tango, African Latino Dance und Detroit literature.

(c) David BeecroftFoto (c) David Beecroft

In cooperation with Werkstatt der Kulturen, award-winning Black American pianist Kelvin Sholar presents the third installment of BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE: a four-day powerhouse event with the goal to celebrate the common threads of rhythm, harmony and melody that unites all music of the African diaspora with music from the Americas and Eurasia.

This year, features tributes to HipHop, Blues, Work Songs, Jazz, Reggae, Soul, Rock, Africa, Romanian Tango, African Latino Dance, and Detroit literature.
Kelvin Sholar is a musician that knows no stylistic boundaries. He has won over ten awards for music and appeared on over one hundred recordings, in wildly ranging styles. Sholar is featured in live performances by Stevie Wonder, Kevin Saunderson or Carl Craig, Qtip, Nigel Kennedy and many others; not to mention his acclaimed work with original music, or the music of Jeff Mills, Rob Hood, Earth, Wind and Fire- and many others.

Kelvin Sholar presents Jaimeo Brown: HipHop, Blues, Work Songs and Jazz

3 FEBRUARY 2017 | Doors open: 21:00h | Club

Admission fee: € 15 / € 10 (concession) / € 5 (with Berlinpass) / children up to 14: free entry

Jaimeo Brown is a drummer and producer whose music has been called “a mix of J Dilla, Robert Johnson, Deadmau5 and John Coltrane". For this BMR3 concert, Brown will blend his fascination with history with jazz and hip-hop influences.
In his group Transcendence Brown has joined forces with Grammay Award Winning producer/guitarist Chris Sholar (Kanye West, Jay Z) to pay tribute to American popular music's beginnings with upcoming his upcoming record ”Work Songs”: it centers around modern reworkings of archival recordings, like "Be So Glad," a track premiered exclusively on Billboard magazine which samples 1959 recordings of inmates at Mississippi's Parchman Farm Prison from legendary ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.

Brown states that: "The common repetition used in black work songs creates a mantra that changes the feeling of manual labor," "This song "Be So Glad" attempts to really capture the emotions of that process, of experiencing a spiritual breakthrough in the midst of struggle.”

Jaimeo Brown: Drums, Electronics
Kelvin Sholar: Piano, Electronics

Kelvin Sholar presents Machete Horns

10 FEBRUARY 2017 | Doors open: 21:00h | Club

Admission fee: € 15 / € 10 (concession) / € 5 (with Berlinpass) / children up to 14: free entry

Machete Horns are two Cuban musicians of the new generation: the saxophonist Regis "KinRe" Molina and the trumpeter Daniel "El Congo". They are graduates of the Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) in Cuba. Even though they were trained as classical musicians since their early days, the Horns were always absorbing their heritage music, ranging from Afro-Cuban religious music to reggae, rumba, soul and classical music.

Regis Molina - Alto Sax
Daniel Allen Oberto - Trumpet
Kelvin Sholar - Piano, Electronics
Sergio (Checho) Gómez –Bass
Diego Piñera - DrumsListen to Daniel Allen Oberto on their website or check out Regis Molina on soundcloud.

Kelvin Sholar presents Kalavan Quartett

17 FEBRUARY 2017 | Doors open: 21:00h | Club

Admission fee: € 15 / € 10 (concession) / € 5 (with Berlinpass) / children up to 14: free entry


Line Up:

Melina Paxinos - Alto Sax, Soprano Sax
Kelvin Sholar - Piano, Electronics
Nesin Howhannesijan - Bass
Dimitris Christides - Drums

Kelvin Sholar & Mayibuye Südafrika Community e.V. present "Shebeen: visiting the roots. A storytelling evening"

24 FEBRUARY 2017 | Doors open: 21:00h | Club

Admission fee: € 15 / € 10 (concession) / € 5 (with Berlinpass) / children up to 14: free entry 

Shebeen: visiting the roots. A storytelling evening

This is where we tell our stories, exchange ideas, have heated political discussions, enjoy live music, relax over a traditional home made beer and reminisce about the past and plan the future. The audience become part of the play.
The evening is a host to South African’s most celebrated art & cultural scenes. There will be live music, exhibitions, discussions, performances and much more.
South Africa is a country which is deeply entrenched in the spirit of ubuntu. It is with this fundamental conviction that we welcome you to experience our amazing diverse art & culture. Please be welcome!
Historical Background
Founded during the apartheid period in black townships in South Africa, shebeens are communal talking, laughing, and drinking spaces. While they were illegal, Shebeens provided a place for Black people to meet, socialise and party. Shebeens started as an alternative to pubs and bars which during apartheid times, Black Africans were barred from entering. Despite their illegal status, Shebeens served as a unifying space for the community, providing a feeling of togetherness especially against the brutal system of oppression and segregation enforced by the apartheid regime. They played an essential political and social role during apartheid in South Africa, it was a meeting point for heated political discussion and people could express themselves artistically and culturally. People from different economic classes, lawyers, activists, musicians and so forth met under the same roof. Today many shebeens are legal and safe to visit.