February 2017


Black Music Renaissance 3 goes BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Friday 24.02.2017 Doors open: 9:00 PM | Club

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

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen

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Black History Month goes Black Music Renaissance

Kelvin Sholar presents Shebeen: visiting the roots. A musical storytelling evening

(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.

Shebeen: visiting the roots. A musical 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.



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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.