October 1, 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.
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.
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.