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Abdullah Ibrahim is South Africa’s most distinguished pianist, a global jazz icon. His music inspired a generation and his most famous song, Mannenberg, became a theme song of the struggle against Apartheid.

Ibrahim was born in 1934 in Cape Town and baptized Adolph Johannes Brand. His early musical memories were of traditional African Khoi-san songs and the Christian hymns, gospel tunes and spirituals that he heard from his grandmother, who was pianist for the local African Methodist Episcopalian church, and his mother, who led the choir. The Cape Town of his childhood was a melting-pot of cultural influences, and the young Dollar Brand, as he became known, was exposed to American jazz, township jive, CapeMalay music, as well as to classical music. Out of this blend of...

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We're one step away from this year's Karneval der Kulturen - get into the groove with your KdK 2019 playlist:



Music and dance groups, professional and amateurs, children and adults take part in this 4-day parade through Kreuzberg – Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) is free, open to all and to all forms of cultural expression. A true celebration of Diversity!

When: 7 - 10 June 2019
Where: all around Kreuzberg

photo: FL


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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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A musical journey from Nile to Niger following the pentatonic scale guided by Anivolla´s desert blues.

Piranha Publishing artist and great desert blues man Alhousseini Anivolla from Niger together with Girum Mezmer, jazz guitarist from Ethiopia, started this journey with the aim of showing the potential of music in a changing world.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, they travelled through Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Niger where they organized various concerts, workshops, and conferences and shared many magical moments alongside great musicians and wonderful audience.

All of these gave them the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other: about cultural characteristics, similarities, history, food, architectural styles and language.

You can see one of the many...

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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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