February 2017


Cuba Meets Brazil - A fala dos tambores

Saturday 25.02.2017 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: €15 / €10 (concession) €5 (with Berlin Pass)

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Afropolitan Berlin

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Black History Month

Cuba meets Brazil


"A fala dos tambores" is a fabulous party, dance performance and concert in one – where Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian musical cultures meet. A total of 14 musicians will enchant the audience on a journey (in time) from the West-African drums and Candomblé and Santería rhythms to the musical styles that came from them such as Samba de Roda and Rumba. They have their origins in West-African Yorùbá culture.



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7:00 PM: Brazilian culinary specialities
• Brazilian: Abará + salad / Aruá

8:00 PM: Evening Programme
• Incense ritual with voices from Brazil and Cuba
• Cuba: Welcome by Eleguá – Voices and drums
• Brazil: Welcome by Exu – Voices and drums
• Host explains the history of Orixás.
• Brazil : Yemanjá – dance
• Cuba: Yemanjá – dance
• Brazil : Ogum – dance
• Cuba: Ogúm – dance
• Cuba and Brazil: Avamunha – Dança da Comunhão. United dance between Cuba and Brazil
• Host explains the history of Bantú.
• The musicians switch from Yorubá to Bantú music
• Cuba: Makuta / Rumba – dance
• Host explains the history of Samba de Roda.
• Brazil: Congas – Samba de Roda - dance

Finale: The history of Rumba and Samba will be danced in unison with voices and percussion. The rhythms of Cuba and Brazil with encounter one another and merge together.


Murah Soares
Joaquín La Habana

Percussion & Voices:

La formación “Desapalencao” (Angel Candeaux, Rune Meissel and Maria Velazquez), Paraná Bomfim + 2 musicians

Dance & Vocals:

  • Joaquín Habana
  • Murah Soares
  • Lisandra Cervantes
  • Dionel Laugarz
  • Meryl Prettyman
  • Gil Ovidio
  • Siboney La Habana

Host: Jamile da Silva (Texts by Dr. Nina Graeff)

Black Music Renaissance 3 goes 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.

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


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