February 2017


Black Music Renaissance 3 goes BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Friday 03.02.2017 Doors open: 9:00 PM | Club

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

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen


Black Music Renaissance 3 goes BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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

(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.
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.

Jaimeo Brown: HipHop, Blues, Work Songs and Jazz

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

 Jaimeo Brown Transcendence: Be So Glad


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All dates:

FRIDAY February 03: Jaimeo Brown: HipHop, Blues, Work Songs and Jazz

FRIDAY February 10: Machete Horns
FRIDAY February 17: Kalavan Quartett
FRIDAY February 24: Shebeen: visiting the roots. A musical storytelling evening

 Black history Month

Every year in February, Black History Month is celebrated in numerous countries, with events focussed on Black culture and history. The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is also taking part, with various events that make Black culture, history and current topics visible. In February 2017, we are organizing the four-part BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE, in cooperation with the award-winning pianist Kelvin Sholar, for the third time. Starting on the 3rd of February 2017, we will be presenting classical and unique musical styles from the African diaspora in the Americas and Eurasia: hiphop, blues, work songs, jazz, reggae, soul, rock, Romanian tango, African Latino dance and Detroit literature.

The facilities of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN are accessible to wheelchair users. Please call us in advance on +49 (0)30 60 97 70-0 to ensure proper access support.