February 2018


Black Music Renaissance IV

Friday 09.02.2018 9:00 PM | Club

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

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Kevin Sholar


BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE goes Black History Month

In February every year, numerous countries around the world celebrate Black History Month by organising Black cultural and historical events. The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is also contributing to the visibility of Black culture, history and contemporary life with a range of different events.

In February 2018, Kelvin Sholar is curating the four-part concert series BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE in honour of the 150th birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois, (Black civil rights activist, philosopher, journalist and pacifist). He follows the connections between jazz and other musical styles from the African diaspora, such as rap, with music from the Arab-speaking world and Eurasia. The goal is to celebrate the common threads of rhythm, harmony and melody and unravel the global problems of colonialism, racism and discrimination through musical connections, a concept that Du Bois supported.



The MUsicians

In cooperation with the Werkstatt der Kulturen, Kelvin Sholar presents a line up of extraordinary musicians in this, the fourth edition of Black Music Renaissance:

  • the Kurdish singer Hani Mojtahedy, on Friday, 2nd February
  • the Serbian singer and musician from the Sinti and Roma tradition, Matilda Leko, on Friday 9th February
  • the American Blues-Reggae singer Corey Harris, on Friday, 16th February
  • and the American actor and rap musician Yah Supreme, on Friday 23rd February, in collaboration with the tenor sax wonder Sylwester Ostrowski and Szcecin Jazz.





The singer and composer Matilda Leko grew up surrounded by the music of the Balkans and the Roma people. The Serbian-Austrian musician was born in Vienna and engaged with a diversity of musical styles from a very young age, on her journey to discover the syncopated rhythms of her homeland, pop, rock, soul, blues and then jazz. This finally led her back to Vienna where she studied jazz singing at the Vienna Conservatory.

Matilda Leko was one of the first singers in Vienna to fuse the music of the Balkans with jazz, and thus one of the first to give this music a new sound and make a name for herself by doing so. However, her repertoire of compositions is not restricted to any one particular musical direction or genre.

Matilda composes songs that could easily fit in a book of jazz standards, just like she composes Viennese songs with the famous irony and melancholy exhibited by Viennese songs, as well as rhythmic compositions in which the pulse and influence of the Balkans cannot be ignored. The singer’s heartfelt improvisations are reminiscent of instrumental passages, sometimes of a trumpet or a saxophone, or even of a Roma violin. Matilda is impossible to pigeonhole. Her music is bubbly, innovative and creative. Her texts are powerful and tell stories from her life in a bold and moving manner.

She has toured across Europe: in France, Germany, Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Italy and Austria. She has also performed at numerous festivals, such as the Sziget Festival in Hungary, the Bamberg Klezmer Festival, Novi Sad Jazz Festival, Suns Festival Udine, the Vienna Festival and many more.




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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.



World Wide Music

Berlin Acts play Global Music!

Every Friday the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN presents the finest of Global Music.

9:00 PM (doors open), Entry: € 15 / € 10 / € 5 (with Berlinpass)

You'll find all concerts on the WorldWideMusic Schedule and on the WorldWideMusic Facebook fanpage!

Band inquiries to:

Anette Heit
Phone +49 (0)30 60 97 70-17

A concert series in cooperation with multicult.fm and Funkhaus Europa. Every Wednesday at 9 am and 7 pm our concerts are broadcast on multicult.fm!


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.