Black History Month 2013


Black History Month 2013 - SWING, Sister, Swing!

US-American Jazz Culture of the 1930s

Clear the stage for a month of Black culture and history:

This time we're going back to 1930s America, straight to the pan-African movements of Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois and to the flourishing literary movement, the 'Harlem Renaissance'.

The creative hotspot of all of these impulses was the legendary Cotton Club on the so-called 'Jungle Alley' in Harlem, New York City. The club was a 'whites-only' venue, whilst those employed were Black entertainers and service personnel, including (but not limited to): Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Jelly Roll Morten and Bennie Moten.

To pay homage to the Jazz greats who significantly transformed American culture from the 1920s through the 1940s, 14 top-class musicians banded together to form the Ebony Big Band. Under the mottos 'Swing, Brother, Swing!' and 'Swing, Sister, Swing!', the musicians resurrected the spirit of the times through music, talks, dance and video and multimedia presentations on February 2nd and 28th.

To kick off Black History Month 2013, musicians from various Berliner scenes were invited on February 1st to present different African musical styles - from Mbalax to Rap.

American drummer and WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN curator Eric Vaughn came back with a new Jazz series on Sunday: Jazz Jam & Food, free concerts whilst dining fine.

Program (PDF, German)