February 2016


Black History Month goes Black Music Renaissance

Friday 12.02.2016 9:00 PM | Club

Admission: 15 / 10 / 5 € (with Berlinpass)

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen

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Kelvin Sholar Presents Black Music Renaissance for this year´s BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

In cooperation with WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN, award-winning pianist Kelvin Sholar presents the second 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.

This year, features tributes to John and Alice Coltrane, The music of Africa, The Women and Men of Gospel music and the legends of the Blues. The all-star cast of artists includes American, African and European musicians; like Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq, Christina Wheeler, Suleymanne Toure, Aly Keita, MFA Kera, Arcadius Didavi, Dorrey Linn Lyles, Pastor Kirk Smith, JC Dook, Eb Davis, Charles Sammons, Andy Galore, Leon Schurz, Eric Vaughn and Marlon Browden.

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.



Program | FRIDAY, 12 February 2016

A Tribute to the Music of MAMA Africa

Set 1 and 2 Features
A tribute to the classic and original music of Africa via an ensemble of world class African musicians.

  • Suleymane Touré - Hand percussion
  • JC Doo-Kingue - Guitar
  • MFA Kera - Voice
  • Arcadius Didavi - E-Bass
  • Kelvin Sholar - Piano

Our artist of the month

MFA Kera - The Voice of Madagascar

Mfa Kera, our Artist of the Month, will be performing in our event series BLACK HISTORY MONTH goes Black Music Renaissance under the direction of band leader, composer and pianist Kevin Scholar!

Of Creole extraction, exceptional vocalist and composer MFA Kera was born in Madagascar and grew up in Senegal. "Imagine Sarah Vaughan, Grace Jones, Shirley Bassey & Ima Sumac mixed into one African singer, then you'll get an idea of the depth of the talent of MFA Kera. One must see her live performance to definitely appreciate her energy and Charisma."

After moving to Paris, she began her professional career singing the Blues and Gospel with Memphis Slim and working with such luminaries as Mickey Baker, John Lee Hooker and Milton Buckner. She was invited to sing in the Film "The Adventure Of Jazz" which top billing were Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton and George Benson, and she released her first music on record as part of homage to Mahalia Jackson.

Kera also ventured into the pop arena with a number of funk oriented releases as well as a remarkable first Afro-Project with composer Wazis Diop on RCA. A spell in Los Angeles exposed her to the work of other African and Asian musicians and this influenced her decision to go to Berlin via Japan in search in sympathetic world- music projects. She pursues her own style of cultural fusion already identified by her as "Ethno-Techno-Pan- African sphere" in the '80s, using her gifts in the complementary areas of writing, composing, painting and singing.

Long term collaboration with German electronic composer and arranger Reinhard Katemann, and master drummers like Ekow Alabi Savage and Souleymane Touré brought then a fantastic synthesis that she called "Heavy-Wood-Music", on the market.

With the help of Berliner Senat Kera then wrote and produced the musical play "Odeylo", which debuted at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Also in Berlin, she formed the "Black Heritage Orchestra" working with keyboarder Reinhard Katemann and guitarist Mike Russell from Washington D.C.

The "Black Heritage" CD was recorded together with master drummer Souleymane Touré from the Ivory Coast and saxophonist and singer Eddie Harris as a special guest and in 1995 made the leap to 8th place in the European world music charts. The album runs the gamut from Afrobeat music through Blues, Gospel, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Reggae and Rap.

In South Africa, Kera did some recordings with Airto Moreira and the South African Allstars, in Brazil with Olodum and in China with artists from Mongolia.

She has been part of numerous artistic projects by the environmental activist Ben Wargin and has been working for the publishing company Klett in Stuttgart composing songs in French for use in schools. Kera composes, writes, produces, paints and also teaches making workshops worldwide.

Kera produced her own radio show for a while and founded the "Universal Gospel Voices" Multi Ethnic Gospel group, singing the "Good News".

Black Music Renaissance

A Series of Concerts Celebrating Black History Month

FRIDAY, 5 February: Tribute To John And Alice Coltrane
FRIDAY, 12 February: Tribute To The Music Of MAMA Africa
FRIDAY, 19 February: Tribute To The Women And Men Of Gospel
FRIDAY, 26 February: Tribute To The Legends Of The Blues