November 2017


MFA Kera & Black Heritage

Friday 17.11.2017 Doors open: 9 PM | Club

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

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen


MFA Kera & Black Heritage


The Voice of Madagascar 

MFA Kera 

The creole singer and composer originally comes from Madagascar and grew up in Senegal. “Imagine Sarah Vaughan, Grace Jones, Shirley Bassey and Ima Sumac in an African singer, and then you will have an idea of her great talent. You have to experience her stage performance live, to really get an idea of and enjoy her energy and charisma.”

Her musical career began in Paris with blues and gospel. She was soon working with notable musicians such as Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker, Mikey Baker and Milton Buckner.



IIn Berlin, Kera's musical "Odeylo", funded by the Senate’s cultural office, premiered in 1993 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She also founded the BLACK HERITAGE ORCHESTRA together with keyboardist Reinhard Katemann and guitarist Mike Russell from Washington D.C.

Mike Russell
was born in 1952 in Washington D.C. and began studying classical and Flamenco guitar at an early age. His professional career started in the 60s with soul and blues bands. Song writing and composing was an early interest and this creative side resulted in some studio work with Columbia Records as guitarist and composer.
The year 1970 was his first record release as composer and the title "Had it all the time" was recorded by Grammy nominated Gloria Taylor and culminated in a US tour. The year 1972 saw his own Jazz-Rock group "Water Forest" perform Andy Warhol at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
In Berlin he formed the Black Heritage Orchestra with singer MFA KERA and released their first CD in 1995 which reached the Top 10 in European world music charts. He also has created his own Jazz-Soul-Funk sound. With Black Heritage Orchestra he has also performed in South Africa, Greece, Poland and in the USA.

Line up: 
Mfa Kera - vocals
Mike Russell - guitar, vocals
Darryl Taylor - bass
Reinhard Katemann - keys
Dicarlo - drums




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