October 1, 2020

October 2020 „Soul Makossa“ by Manu Dibango, 1972

“Can't you pronounce 'makossa' like everyone else? You stutter: 'mamako mamasa.' You think they're going to accept that in Yaoundé?” (Dibango 1994:83) This was according to Manu Dibango his father’s reaction when listening to “Soul Makossa” for the first time.
September 1, 2020

September 2020 “Bondeko” by Toto Bona Lokua, 2018

In 2004, the independent label No Format! recorded the first album of the friends Gérald Toto, Richard Bona, and Lokua Kanza, and the pan-African band project TotoBonaLokua was born. This is their second album, an easy and playful jazz record of three great vocalists, each being a master at their respective instrument, underlined with smooth atmospheric sounds by the producer and label founder Laurent Bizot.
June 10, 2020

13.11.2019 Gyedu-Bley Ambolley and his Sekondi Band

Konzert und Künstlergespräch mit Gyedu-Blay Ambolley und Markus Coester. Gyedu-Bley Ambolley, dessen Musikstil auf einzigartige Weise Highlife, Funk, Soul und RnB kombiniert, verspricht eine schweißreiche Nacht im November.
June 10, 2020

30.11.2020 Fairtrade Music? Afrikanische Musik in Rhein-Main

Beim globalen Handel mit Waren ist Fairness ein Thema, aber wie steht es um die Zusammenarbeit im Kultursektor? Roundtable-Diskussion zum Thema Repräsentation afrikanischer Musik im Rhein-Main-Gebiet.
June 10, 2020

27.01.2020 Emotional communication with Cecilia Durojaye

In her presentation, Cecilia Durojaye will give an overview of her study that explores emotional communication using the dùndún (‘talking drum’) of the Yorùbá people of Nigeria.
September 23, 2020

The kora and emancipation in secular and liturgical music

The kora, a bridge harp of the Manding peoples of West Africa is an instrument of both, backward-looking and affirmative utopias. The musicians playing the kora, called jali or griots, sing about past empires, historical rulers and contemporary leaders.
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