The 1884 CD can be purchased for 15€ (plus 2€ for postage and shipping) at info@werkstatt-der-kulturen.de or on the following redirect via paypal:

125 Years After the Berlin Conference

Following the invitation of the Imperial Chancellor of the German Empire, Otto von Bismarck, the 'Berlin Africa Conference,' or 'Congo Conference' was held in Berlin from November 15, 1884 until February 26, 1885. Its outcome, the General Act of the Berlin Conference, provided the basis for the arbitrary repartitioning of Africa among the European colonizers. To this day, the consequences of the conference continue to determine the history and fate of the African continent.

1884: Time to Redefine
In Remembrance: A Pan-African Music Project

1884 - Music History Project

1884 seeks to provide an important contribution to political and historical education: Dealing with colonialism and post-colonialism through song, the project 1884 intends to raise awareness of the European seizure of the African territories and its aftermath, which structures our post-colonial societies until today. The result is a highly political artwork with musical influences coming from Afro-Beat, Highlife, R’n’B, Reggae, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Souk, M’Balax and Salsa.

During the intense workshops, musicians, producers and composer worked out the 13 songs for the 1884 CD, motivated and inspired by movies, discussions and presentations about African History, politics as well as colonial politics, linguistics and Resistance.


"Kolonialgeschichte in Noten." | Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (External Link, German)

Artistic Director:
Philippa Ebéné

Music Producer:
Jonas Bibi Hammond

Band Leader:
Abdourahmane Gilbert Diop

Communication Office:

Wissmannstraße 32
12049 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 - 60 97 70 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 - 60 97 70 - 13

Blog: www.1884afrikakonferenz.wordpress.com

We would like to thank: