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According to the statutes of the non-profit association Afro Project e.V., the promotion and dissemination of African music and culture in Germany and Europe is very close to our hearts. The association is committed to the motto "musical and cultural development aid for Germany". Especially the music styles from the countries of origin of the artists performing at the Africa Festival, which are not so well known in Germany, are of special interest to the association. Therefore we have started to open our archives for our longtime visitors. Travel with us once again to the magical moments of the International Africa Festival. From our large archive of over 30 years of music from Africa we have selected some of the most beautiful highlights.

The Afro Project Team wishes you a lot of fun.

 

The recordings were made in cooperation with Recording Studio Nassau, Bauer-Oberland Studio Ludwigsburg, Heinen Mobil Studio Siegen and Afro Project Mobil Studio. Mixed and mastered by Volker Heller, Recording Studio Nassau. Lyrics by Karl Georg Rötter and Bugs Steffen. We would also like to thank 3Cafés production, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Arte for their cooperation.

Photo: © Bugs Steffen

MIRIAM MAKEBA

MUSIC FROM SOUTH AFRICA

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The legendary South African singer, acclaimed worldwide as “Mama Africa”, came to the Africa Festival for the second time. Miriam, born in Johannesburg in 1932, started her career as a singer of “Manhattan Brothers”. Her performance in the film “Come Back Africa” won her invitations to Europe and America, where she sang with Harry Bellafonte and others. She was expelled from South Africa because of her involvement in the antiapartheid movement in 1960 and had to live in exile for 30 years. She went to America where she got married to Stokely Camichael, the black activist. There she recorded her world-hit “Pata Pata” in 1967.

 

In 1969 she went to Guinea on the invitation from president Sekou Touré and continued her international career. As a Guinean delegate she spoke several times against the evil of apartheid at the United Nations´genereal meeting. Although she has always considered herself a singer and not a politician, she has won numerous prizes for her involvement. “I´m a singer, not a politician or diplomat, but since I´ve been banished from South Africa, I sing of the hope and longing of my people.” She returned to South Africa to live in her home when Nelson Mandela became president.

Musicians: Miriam Makeba (lead vocals); Georges Makinto (piano); Zens Lee, Elisa Domingos S. Jamisse, Cleo Dorcas Goodwin, Zamokuhle R. Mbutho (Backing Vocals); Bangukwazi C. Shange (drums); Raymond Moulonge Doumbe (bass); Solo Razafindrakoto (guitar)

CDs: "Makeba!", WEA/1968; "African Convention", Pläne/1980; "A Promise", Pläne/1980; "Sangoma", Warner Bros. Records/1988; "Live in Paris", Sono Disc/1989; "Live in Conakry", Sono Disc/1990; "Sing me a Song", BMG/1994; "Best of Miriam Makeba", BMG/1996

Masabane - 10. Internationales Africa Festival 1998

Nginani Na - 10. Internationales Africa Festival 1998

Angilalanga - 10. Internationales Africa Festival 1998

Miriam Makeba Live @ 16. International Africa Festival

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Photo: © Mario Gerth

ANGELIQUÈ KIDJO

AFRO SWING FROM BENIN

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Angélique Kidjo – the black angel from Benin – is one of the greatest female stars of the African music scene today. Since her first appearance in Germany (4th Africa Festival) she has made an international career for herself. This is not surprising in view of her extraordinary voice and her musical cooperation with well-known artists such as Manu Dibango, Branford Marsalis and Ray Lema.

 

At the early age of six she commenced her musical career by singing and dancing with Benin´s theatre group. In 1988 she recorded her first LP. In the same year she was on stage with Miriam Makeba at the Olympic in Paris. Makeba calls Angélique her spiritual heiress. Angélique sings in her native language ´Fon´ and in Nigerian Yoruba. She presented her new CD on which she concerns herself with various trance rhythms of her homeland.

 

“Her Afro Swing gets your body moving and sets fire.” (Le Figaro)

 

Angélique Kidjo, like Miriam Makeba, is a long-time companion and supporter of the International Africa Festival. Her energetic performances in 1992, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2018 remain unforgettable.

Musicians: Angélique Kidjo (lead vocals); Jean Hebrail (bass); David Fall (drums); David Mirandon (percussions); Olivier Ajavon (guitar); Munuera Serge (keybords); Sylvia Laube, Michael Robinson (backing vocals); Merlin Nyakam (dancer).

CDs: “Parakou”, Island Records/1988; “Logozo”, Island Records/1991; “Ayé”, Island Records/1994; “Fifa”, Island Records/1996

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Photo: © Bugs Steffen

YOUSSOU N´DOUR

THE GOLDEN VOICE FROM SENEGAL

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Youssou N'Dour is one of the most admired African stars internationally. His biggest success so far was his concert at the opening of the World Athletics Championships in Stuttgart, where he played in front of 60,000 visitors. This performance was broadcast live by satellite and could be seen all over the world. Youssou N'Dour was born in 1959 in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Already as a teenager he sang regularly in the band "Star", the most successful Senegalese group at that time. In 1979, he formed his own band "Étoile de Dakar," which changed its name to "Super Étoile" in 1981. Over the years, he developed his own very rhythmic style, which he called Mbalay music. The dances and rhythms of his music were derived from ancient traditions, especially that of wrestling (Mbalax). The lyrics of his music contained ancient wise sayings and important messages critical of society. Youssou N'Dour was already a star in Africa when Peter Gabriel hired him and his band for a world tour. On this occasion, he made himself known internationally. In 1988 he appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel and Sting during the Amnesty International tour "Human Rights Now". In 1989 he released his first international album "Lion", produced by Peter Gabriel. "Set" (1990), "Eyes Open" (1992) and "The Guide" (1994) followed.

The concert itself was, as Youssou N'Dour himself says, "extraordinary", and those who saw the concert will know what he means.

Musicians: Youssou N´Dour (lead vocals); Assan Thiam (talking drum); Papa Oumar Ngom (rhythm guitar); Habib Faye (Keys/Bass); Mamadou Mbaye (guitar); Babacar Faye (percussion); Victoria Chidid (vocals); Ibrahima Cisse (keybords); Madou Diabate (keybords); Seydou Norou Koite (saxophone); Falilou Amadou Niang (drums).

CDs: u. a. “Immigrés” Virgin/1988; “The Lion” Virgrin/1990; “Eyes Open” Sony Music/1992, “The Guide” Sony Music/1994

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Youssou N´Dour Live auf dem 10. Africa Festival Würzburg 1998

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LET ME INTRODUCE

 

In cooperation with the well-known filmmaker Steffen Boseckert we have started a series in which we briefly introduce various musicians.

 

May we introduce: Wally & Ami Warning

The voices and musicality of Wally & Ami make them an excellent father-daughter package. Their shared sense of music is unparalleled and Ami is one of the most promising voices from Germany with her unique smoky soul voice.

 

Filmed & recorded at the Africa Festival Würzburg 2015.
www.africafestival.org.

 

Director & Producer: Steffen Boseckert
www.mind-core.de.

 

Steadicam operator & DOP: Johannes Ziegler
DOP: Martin Scharrer

 

 

 

May we introduce: Minyeshu

Minyeshu Kifle Tedla is a singer, dancer, producer and choreographer all in one. Her music is based on Ethiopian vibes and sounds from all over. Don't miss her on stage exploding with incredible dance moves and her great voice.

 

Filmed & recorded at Africa Festival Würzburg 2015.
www.africafestival.org.

 

Director & Producer: Steffen Boseckert
www.mind-core.de.

 

Steadicam operator & DOP: Johannes Ziegler
DOP: Martin Scharrer

 

 

 

May we introduce: Adjiri Odametey

Besides his warm and earthy voice, Adjiri's unique sound is characterized by the kora (African harp), the balafon (wooden xylophone) and the thumb pianos kalimba and mbira.

 

Filmed & recorded at the Africa Festival Würzburg 2015
www.africafestival.org.

 

Director & Producer: Steffen Boseckert
www.mind-core.de.

 

Steadicam operator & DOP: Johannes Ziegler
DOP: Martin Scharrer

 

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Festival Teaser Cuba

The main focus in 2016 was the Caribbean island of Cuba. Cuba was represented musically with 6 multifaceted bands, first of all with the internationally known Raul Paz.  Cuba is still closely connected with the black continent. In the 16th century, more than 850,000 slaves, mainly from today's Congo and Nigeria were brought to Cuba. These slaves left a lasting mark on the culture in Cuba.

The trailer was shot by filmmaker Steffen Boseckert in Havana. The film team received support from the German ambassador and especially from the ambassador Mr. Thomas Neisinger, many thanks.

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