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Rachid Taha, original Arab soul punk. died at 59 in the night from the 11th to the 12th of September from a heart attack while sleeping.

He already joined our SOS-Racisme tour together with the 3 Mustaphas 3 and the Dissidenten under the Chernobyl disaster cloud in 1986 even before Piranha started, and became one of the early Piranha recording artists in 1988 with his ‘Carte de Séjour’ band.

A household name in France as a rebel with a cause, and never silent against all kind of social evils in France and dictators old & new on the other side of the Med. Always a secular man, lover of sex, drugs & Rockin' the Casbah he never stopped to move forward in all directions with his own music - punk, electronic and otherwise.

The art of deconstruction and reconstruction was another of his...

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"Divan Berlin-İstanbul" – 2 evenings @ Heimathafen Neukölln, see below

Thursday 13 SEPTEMBER

Championed by groove luminary Gilles Peterson – among others – Ezra Collective are among the spearheads of a new generation of Brit Jazz. Deeply in the know about the genre's history – yet more than keen for new flavour and style

Where: Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19 – 21, 10963 Berlin // When: 21:00
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Meanwhile Piranha Recording Artist Stella Chiweshe"Kasahwa: Early Singles" record release @

Where: YAAM, An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin // When: 19:00 ( Doors )
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After yesterday's "Ouverture du Festival" @ Hotel Barnimer Hof / Basdorf – "15. Chanson–Festival Georges Brassens" spreads...

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Divan Berlin–İstanbul

TransPositions between Poetry and Music

20. & 21. September 2018 20:30 PM Heimathafen Neukölln

Tickets & Location: www.heimathafen-neukoelln.de

About the event

Divan Berlin–İstanbul experiments with contemporary music and poetry: Free sounds of kanun, saz, and kemenche meet trombone, electronics, and double bass – German verses encounter Turkish ones – they improvise, mimic each other, and transform into new sonic creatures. Music and poetry that approach the world differently, attempt to mutually apprehend it in this shared Divan. The background beat is the pulse of Berlin and İstanbul, two global cities of words and sounds, urban sources for artists, and places of creation under disparate working conditions. Outstanding poets and soloists open new galaxies...

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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.

Player # 2 in the field, Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC), was conceived in 2015 as an open network of music activists spreading world, roots and traditional music. It is...

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"Wo'Pop" on Seattle radio station KEXP is a 3-hour modern global music program that makes sure great artists from all over the world get heard and seen.

Over the years the station has grown in both size and popularity; being now one of the most influential non-profit music/arts organizations in the USA and having a YouTube channel with over 1.5 million subscribers.

African Kwaito, Bhangra and Bollywood from Bombay and London, Mbalax from Senegal, Ragga Dub from Brixton and Tokyo, and anything else that producers create from the 6 corners of the world -- on "Wo'Pop" someone can listen to unreleased songs and artists interviews with the program's host, Darek Mazzone.

Among the great line up of artists that have appeared in the show over the years, we are happy to see many past WOMEX...

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