13.09 – Stella Chiweshe – Early Singles / Record Release Concert

A captivating collection of early singles by the renowned Zimbabwean Mbira master and a true African music icon Stella Chiweshe out on Glitterbeat Records in September.
The songs were mostly recorded in the 1970’s, during the buildup to the Chimurenga revolution, and were only ever released in Stella’s home country.

 

Deep resistance & culture. „I am a rebel,“ smiles the 70-year-old Stella Chiweshe. Her album „Kasahwa: Early Singles“ offers a fascinating introduction to the world of Mbira, with the term not only referring to the instrument, consisting of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a wooden healing tree body, but also to a musical genre – and on a much wider level, to an entire culture and deeply spiritual lifestyle, very much at the core of the young Zimbabwean nation.

Mbira is an ancient mystical music which has been played for over a thousand years by the Shona people, a group which forms the vast majority of the country’s population. Mbira pervades all aspects of Shona culture, both sacred and secular. Its most important function is as a „telephone to the spirits of people, water, trees, stones and birds,“ used to contact both deceased ancestors and tribal guardians, at all-night ceremonies. „Kasahwa“ is a collection of impossible-to-find early seven inches, eight cuts spanning the period from 1974 to 1983 and representing Mbira in its purest form. None of these songs has been released outside of Africa so far.

Dj support: DJ Chris Eckman (Glitterbeat, Ljubljana)

Stella Chiweshe (live)
Donnerstag 13.09.2018
YAAM An der Schillingbrücke 3
10243 Berlin

VVK Tickets: 12,50
VVK Tickets über: EVENTBRITE
Abendkasse: 15,-

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AFRICA NEGRA (São Tomé & Príncipe) am Sonntag den 08.07. live am Spreeufer!

Gegründet in den späten 1970er Jahren sind Africa Negra die unumstrittenen musikalischen Botschafter des kleinen Inselstaates São Tomé and Príncipe im Golf von Guinea. Ihr einzigartiger Sound aus kongolesischem Soukous & Rumba, ghanaischem Highlife und Kap verdischen Musikstilen wird in allen lusophonen Ländern West Afrikas verehrt. Der Durchbruch der Band begann mit dem Song „Bô Legá Caçô Modêbô“ („You let the dog bite you“) welcher  1983 auf dem Album „Angelica“ erschien. Seitdem tourt die Band mit neueren Alben unregelmäßig durch West Afrika. Im letzten Jahr spielte Afrika Negra beim Wassermusikfestival im Haus Der Kuluren Der Welt & begeisterte hunderte von Zuschauer*Innen.

Dj support:
Eli Pavel (Kréyol/ OYE Record Store)
https://www.mixcloud.com/elipavel/stream/
The Soulvendor (Tropical Timewarp/ Kréyol)
https://www.mixcloud.com/the_soulvendor/

YAAM An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin
Doors: 19 Uhr / Konzert 20 Uhr
Eintritt im Rahmen des YAAM Sunday: 3,-
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For the past 40 years, África Negra have been indisputably the most important and genuine ambassadors of the music of São Tomé and Príncipe, an island state in the Gulf of Guinea off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. The band is extremely renowned in the lusophone African countries and its worldwide diaspora, be it Europe or North and South America, and are loved for their own inimitably style of heavenly mellowed São Tomé Rumba or Soukous, with blissful hints of Highlife, that their fans came to affectionately call as ‘Mama Djumba’. They originally got together in 1974 but their first recordings are from 1981, when they began successfully touring around Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Portugal, while the music was being released on LPs on legendary Lisbon based label Iefe Discos, records now very sought after on the contemporary global vinyl collectors market lean on post-colonial electric african music. The band also published their music on cassette and CD formats on the ensuing years, and went through many line up changes throughout the 1990’s, after the pinnacle ensemble of almost a dozen (included a brass section and dancers) came to an abrupt finale in 1989 in Cape Verde, due to a dramatic parting or split of the band in two, half of it returning to São Tomé and the other half staying in Cape Verde were their following was devilishly overwhelming.

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The group has stabilized their cast two years ago, which allowed them to play more regularly on their native country and increasing incursions abroad. They are still using some of their old instruments (miraculously they still work ), and vintage guitar effects processors that assure the original sounds from the recordings back in the 80s still shine trough their charismatic patine. They are a band of six (voice, two guitars, drums, bass and percussion), two of them are from the original formation: João Seria (voice) and Albertino (bass), but you also have to account for Leonildo Barros, the seminal guitar player that help make the band’s sound, now living in Portugal, and finally reunited with their brothers of arms in the Summer of 2014 for a string of victorious shows in Euroland, including FMM Sines festival in Portugal and Berlin’s Wassermusik Festival.

Präsentiert von: YAAM Berlin / Tropical Timewarp & Krèyol

For more information about the musical landscape of São Tomé & Príncipe visit:
https://tropicaltimewarp.org/2018/03/14/all-ears-on-sao-tome-the-music-of-sao-tome-und-principe/

Afrobeat made in Berlin – KELELE stellt am Samstag ihr neues Album im Yaam vor.

Die Berliner Band Kelele ist eines der wenigen Projekte der Haupstadt das sich dem musikalischen Erbe des Afrobeat verschrieben hat. Am kommenden Samstag veröffentlichen die 10 Musiker der Band ihr zweites Album. Gefeiert wird die Release von „XARITOO“ mit einem Konzert im YAAM Berlin.

Den Ausgangspunkt von XARITOO sind die persönlichen musikalischen Helden der Band. Funk- & Highlife der 70er und 80er Jahre wie Osibisa, Ebo Taylor, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou und Mulatu Astatke.

Undogmatisch und spielerisch bricht die Band im Fortgang dieser Tradition mit üblichen Genregrenzen und entwickelt so ihren eigenen energiegeladenen Stil.
Es entsteht ein Mix aus Funk/ Soca/ Ragga-Beats, gepaart mit westafrikanischen Percussion-Arrangements und Bläsersätzen, die inspiriert sind von Fela Kutis Afrobeat oder auch der Blasmusik des Balkan.

Wir sind gespannt auf das zweite Album & werden uns das Konzert der Band auf keinen Fall entgehen lassen. Besonders Live ist die 10 köpfige Band auf jeden Fall ein Erlebniss!


KELELE/ XARITOO Record Release Konzert
09.12.2017 YAAM Berlin
Doors: 9pm. / Concert 22:30pm.
Dj warm up/ aftershow: The Soulvendor (Tropical Timewarp/ Kreyol)
Pre-sale: 12,- Box office 15,-

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