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Where do we come from? Where do we go? Where do we lay our hat - where is our heart? Where is our home?

When we launched HeimatKlänge festival in 1988 to present "urban folk and dance music - Home Sounds from Home Planet Earth" in Berlin, there was no House of World Cultures (launched in 1989), no radiomultikulti (1994 - 2008), no YAAM (launched in 1994), no Karneval der Kulturen (launched in 1996). Even the wall was still up...

With the occasion of HeimatKlänge's 30th anniversary, we'd like to rise up its quetions once again and bring them on the forefront of the current 2018 situation where, the topic of "Heimat" ("homeland") is as controversial as it is omnipresent and where the diversity of species in international music is a global commodity.


Heimatklänge was a Berlin World Music...

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Gilberto Gil & Amigos – "Refavela 40" / Thursday 19 JULY @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, see below

Thursday 12 JULY

Crossing over to ALL musical genres available anywhere – that's the spirit! Eclectic Music eXtravaganza ( EMX ) presents "New York meets Berlin"

Where: Ballhaus Berlin, Chausseestr. 102, 10115 Berlin // When: 20:00
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And afterwards you might STILL be in time for WOMEX 17 Showcase act La Dame Blanche to actually enter the stage – see last week's picks

Where: YAAM, An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin // When: 20 ( Doors )
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Friday 13 JULY

Joy Tyson and Darlini Singh Kaul are Farafi – two women based in East India with a faible for African chants and the like of particularly outstanding seduction power. On the...

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47 SOUL: A WOMEX 17 official showcase artist and one of the most promising rising stars from the Middle East. This band creates their own unique music genre called “Shamstep” - a powerful mix of traditional Palestinian street music combined with electronic beats, funk, hip-hop and rock.

ZENOBIA: they create one of the strongest synth sounds in the region between Haifa and Amman. They combine Arabic pop melodies from the Levant, across Palestine and down to North Africa with electronic beats, blending Syrian and Arabic Dabke rhythms with Egyptian influences.

When: Tue 31 July 2018
Where: Club Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19-21, 10963 Kreuzberg, Berlin

Support DJ set: SIIN س

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© photo: 47 Soul

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Each month we present to you the top world music album releases, as seen through the eyes of the World Music Charts Europe and Transglobal World Music Chart. At the end of each year, both monthly listings add up to the winner of the WOMEX Label Award and its runner-ups.

For the World Music Charts Europe (WMCE), the world's first association of its kind, Radio DJs and programmers from 24 European countries collect their top albums of the month - usually presented in the DJs' programmes and the channels that present them. EURORADIO offers the opportunity to syndicate these programmes to members of the exchange system.

Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC) was conceived in 2015 as an open network of music activists spreading world, roots and traditional music. It is open to makers and...

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Nelson Mandela Centenary – South Africa’s Voice Sensation Ladysmith Black Mambazo Live in Berlin – incl. Special Guests and After Show Party!

On the occasion of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela's 100th birthday, the Columbia Theater, Piranha and FuturAfrik invite you to a unique tribute concert on 20 July 2018!

Paul Simon’s legendary album “Graceland” made them famous overnight – in the meantime Ladysmith Black Mamabazo have won five Grammys and collected another 19 Grammy nominations while entertaining their worldwide public with their wonderful singing harmonies and impressive choreographies on the highest level since more than five decades.

On Madiba’s insistence, Ladysmith Black Mambazo accompanied him to Oslo for his Nobel Price Awarding ceremony and also sang at his...

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