BERLIN CALLING! Piranha Picks of the Week - Unconditional Rebel


BERLIN CALLING! Piranha Picks of the Week - Unconditional Rebel


Thursday 31 MAY

Closing up "19. poesiefestival berlin" are Fiston Mwanza Mujila – above – and Robert Forster. With frequent Piranha collaborator Cymin Samawatie, Denis Abrahams, Ben Kraef, Marco Mingarelli and Fyodor Stepanov, Spoken Word poet Fiston Mwanza Mujila's "Heimat, Heimat" will explore the concept of home in its different variants – homeland, refuge, figurative home as in poetry and music – in a performative dialogue. Followed by Australian Singer / Songwriter legend Robert Forster on stage and in talk with radioeins host Christine Heise

Where: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin // When: 19:30 / 21:30
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Meanwhile – as pre-announced in last week's picks – Giant Sand re-imagine their debut album "Valley of Rain" – complete with original drummer and later Bob Dylan Sledgehammer of 4 years Winston Watson @

Where: Musik & Frieden, Falckensteinstr. 48, 10997 Berlin // When: 20:00
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Friday 1 JUNE

Ghanaian Highlife legend Ebo Taylor back in Berlin with The Saltpond City Band from Accra

Where: YAAM, An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin // When: 20:00
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The FreakOuternational Vinyl Market – that's where we belong! And that's where, thus, we are – naturally. Bringing some original vinyls – i.e. Stella Chiweshe – along with our rocketing recent releases "Addis 1988" feat. Mulatu Astatke + "I'm not here to hunt rabbits". See ya!

Where: YAAM, An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin // When: 16:00
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You can round up the day later in the evening with Jamila & The Other Heroes. When she's not ceaselessly working for cultural activism + diversity in many a project behind the scenes, Jamila Al-Yousef puts the theory to the funky test on stage – successfully:

Where: Maxim Gorki Theater – Studio R, Hinter dem Gießhaus 2, 10117 Berlin // When: 20:30
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Sunday 3 JUNE

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Little Big Band @ Werkstatt der Kulturen © Daniela Incoronato

Sunday afternoon is "Hommage Session" time @ Werkstatt der Kulturen – which is Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq and his Little Big Band tending to legendary, influental albums in music history, as long as the weather allows for outdoors in the garden. This time around Piranha recording artist Mulatu Astatke's "Sketches of Ethiopia"

Where: Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstraße 32, 12049 Berlin // When: 16:00
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Monday 4 JUNE

Lest we forget! "100 Orte der DDR-Geschichte" – an in-depth introduction by one of the co-authors of the book, Dr. Stefan Wolle

Where: Urania Berlin e.V., An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin // When: 17:30
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"Die Nächte des Ramadan" @ Mschatta-Saal 2017 © Alec Barth

In the shadows of Mschatta-Saal's century old islamic artefacts Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's "7. Ramadan-Dialog" takes place – as is tradition meanwhile. Among the debators on "7 Jahre Syrien-Krieg – Der Verlust der Heimat durch Flucht und Zerstörung – Hoffnung auf Frieden, Rückkehr, Wiederaufbau?" is Piranha Events director Anna Mechelhoff – free entrance including the exibition and "iftar" ( fast breaking ) following the talks / registration required @ Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Where: Museum für islamische Kunst im Pergamon-Museum – Mschatta-Saal, Bodestraße / Besuchereingang über den Kolonnadenhof zwischen Neuem Museum und Alter Nationalgalerie, 10117 Berlin // When: 19:00 – doors open @ 18:30
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Depending on how opulent your "iftar", you'll be just in time for Sasha Pushkin's, Lydia Kavina's and Hoshiko Yamane's "Theremin Time!"

Where: b-flat, Dircksenstr. 40, 10178 Berlin // When: 21:00
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Siska, the thrilling Nu Soul power singer of our beloved Piranha artists Watcha Clan is making her Berlin debut @

Where: Kantine am Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin // When: 21:00
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Thursday 7 JUNE

They "pulled the curtain down" after 45 years last fall with a final tour, then added one more concert in the wake – and here they are again @ "Citadel Music Festival" which opened on Monday 4 JUNE with the Hollywood Vampires Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp – the stadium heralds of Scottish Folk Rock on the way out – Runrig

Where: Zitadelle Spandau, Am Juliusturm 64, 13599 Berlin // When: 19:00
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Forward in all directions!

Rebel Yell!!!

Your unconditional Piranha Posse


Lead Photo: Siska – "Unconditional Rebel" / YouTube

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