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Piranha Picks of the Week - The return of the HeimatKlänge

Thursday 3 August

Summer is here - this singer/songwriter takes off his shirt all right and puts on his feathered headdress instead: "Ich bin ein Indianer" – another four "Wigwamkonzerte" to go for Rainald Grebe & Die Kapelle der Versöhnung and their snappy observations of German identities of all kinds, some of them very strange indeed. The last show of the Tipi residency - on Sunday 6 AUGUST - is preceded by a chat with former left wing member of German Bundestag, political smart aleck Gregor Gysi at his "Missverstehen sie mich richtig" talk earlier in the day. Probably not all too deadly serious all the time ...

Where: "Wigwamkonzert" @ Tipi am Kanzleramt, Große Querallee, 10557 Berlin // When: 22:00 - until Sunday 6 AUGUST

Where: "Missverstehen sie mich richtig" @ Kabarett-Theater DISTEL, Friedrichstraße 101, 10117 Berlin // When: Sunday 6 AUGUST, 14:00
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Friday 4 August

With Abdullah Ibrahim, one of the last dinosaurs of 20th century contemporary music will set the next highlight at "Wassermusik X". The South African artist born Adolph Johannes Brand and formerly known as Dollar Brand formed the Jazz Epistles with Hugh Masekela in the late fifties, went from Township Jive through Jazz to Classical Music and back - a true originator of Global Music as we know it today. A spiritual man - see the video on his website below. A true inspiration. At "Wassermusik X", Abdoullah Ibrahim is accompanied by Ekaya, his band of more than 30 years. Support Act: Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids / Followed by Film "Cold Harbour"

Click here to watch a great video with Abdullah Ibrahim.

Where: HKW, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin // When: 19:00
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Saturday 5 August

Aaahhh - those legendary cosy nights of love and music under the Berlin stars back then! 24 years ago, almost to the day, Oumou Sangare's 5 day residency at Tempodrom right across Reichstag in Tiergarten was one of the peaks of 7 week "Heimatklänge - No make Palaver" festival, presenting some of the most exciting ensembles from West Africa of the time outdoors and for free for almost a week each. The up and coming singer from Mali went on to an international career from there - to come back now to "Wassermusik X" as veritable world star. And it's just around the corner from where she had her Tempodrom triumph in 1993, too! Outspoken and enchanting manifestations of the female existence and empowerment. Deeply rooted in the centuries old Malian Wassoulo tradition. Majestically performed. Support Act: Pascuale Ilabaca / Followed by Film "Faro, la reine des eaux / Faro – die Göttin des Wassers"

Where: HKW, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin // When: 19:00
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Meanwhile, an event of poetry nicely complementing our re-release of Mulatu Astatke's production of traditional Amharic / Ethiopian music gone present age, "Addis 1988", takes place almost within earshot at Akademie der Künste. "Poetry Jazz: Wax and Gold" sheds an eye on the popular Ethiopian lyrical performance format known as "Wax and Gold", a particular variant of subliminally waving subtle Golden messages into more hefty layers of Wax - plays on words, metaphors, ambiguities - for poetic effect. Contemporary Amharic, German and English verse, experimentally combined with traditional Ethiopian and Electronic music and Jazz that my sensitize for the nuances a language may offer under alternating social and cultural influences.

Where: Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin // When: 20:00
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Sunday 6 August

Formed in 1999, Chilean nine-piece Chico Trujillo are on the forefront of the New Cumbia, merging the traditional Latin American dance music with the usual Ska, Reggae and Rock the young urban crowd likes everywhere in the world when to party. This particular New Cumbia model has an unusual power and drive, though! Sweaty music for sweaty going wild on a sweaty summer's evening. If a real summer evening should not be the case to the occasion, it will get steaming hot at Gretchen anyway. Click here for tickets.

Where: Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19-21, 10963 Berlin // When: 20:30
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Monday 7 August

Want to start the week on a smooth note after a lively weekend? A "Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim" should be perfect! Fox, originally a Jazz saxophone player, born in East Berlin, stuck to the co-writer of "The Girl from Ipanema" when he broadened his musical horizons with global music from France, USA, Australia, South Africa and India among others. An evening of the special class and sophistication of Bossa Nova by means of its most prolific and poetic master songwriter.

Where: b-flat, Dircksenstr. 40, 10178 Berlin-Mitte // When: 20:00
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Tuesday 8 August

It may sound a trifle odd at first - but then that's not the worst effect popular music can have when you're going for a little fun and entertainment, is it? Roland Heinrich has earned a smashing reputation for translating Hillbilly Country and Folk into German and performing it with his natural Ruhrpott attitude rather than that of some rural hick from the American sticks. It worked - and it ain't all he can do! He writes his own songs, too, and with them has developed another sound of his own - still echoing the old American role models, but sporting a decidedly contemporary urban German singer/songwriter act on top. Witness Roland Heinrich & die Rumtreiber at "The Motocycle Pow Wow" - The Singing Breakman, German edition, having grown into The Singing Motorcycle Break Man. Totally here and now!

Where: Bassy Cowboy Club, Schönhauser Allee 176 a, 10119 Berlin // When: 20:00

Wednesday 9 AUGUST

Let's rock then - let's roll! When she's not involved with her celebrated theatre sitcom "Gutes Wedding, Schlechtes Wedding" or its superhero sequel "Die Weddingers", Constanze Behrend might write and direct some class struggle with a beat, too. Which she did with her polit musical "Klassenkampf" at Heimathafen Neukölln. Through their janitor Frau Karl, a GDR socialized communist, the students at Karl-Marx-Oberschule, Neukölln encounter their school's eponym's "Communist Manifesto". They take over the school, proclaim the "Dictatorship of the Precariat", things come into motion. Special free performance for the German Musical Academy – reservation necessary and available at walter@heimathafen-neukoelln.de.

Where: Heimathafen Neukölln, Karl-Marx-Straße 141, 12043 Berlin // When: 20:00

© Photo: Oumou Sangare

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