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BERLIN CALLING! Piranha Picks of the Week - Mandela 100


Ladysmith Black Mambazo – "Mandela 100", see below, Friday 20 JULY

Thursday 19 JULY

"Zappelige Füße" is not by Vladimir Karparov's Karparty outfit featuring Ruhi Erdogan, Matthew Bookert and Tobias Backhaus that's on offer here – yet should still give a proper impression of Karparov's mix of Balkan, Jazz and Pop à la Bulgaro to be expected

Where: Zig Zag Jazz Club, Hauptstr. 89, 12159 Berlin // When: 21:00 – free entrance; contribution requested
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Karparty might still be briskly at it when elsewhere Gilberto Gil & Amigos' "Refavela 40" – see last week's picks – has already happily folded

Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin // When: 20:00
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Piranha recording artist Oliver Mtukudzi. Presented by Piranha Records, the mighty a-capella choir from South Africa that accompanied "Madiba" both @ his Nobel reception and his inauguration as President of South Africa and once also helped Paul Simon back onto the stage with his "Graceland" album in 1986, is headlining Berlin's "Nelson Mandela 100" festivities. Without Mtukudzi – but with supporting acts Dear Reader + DJ Floyd Lavine instead

Where: Columbia Theater, Columbiadamm 9 – 11, 10965 Berlin // When: 20:00
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Saturday 21 JULY

When New York City expat Saudia Young – daughter of late Otis Young of "The last Detail" fame co-starring Jack Nicholson – is not acting herself, she likes to roam the stages of Berlin's R&B Noir circuit with her band

Where: Wild at Heart, Wiener Str. 20, 10999 Berlin // When: 22:00
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Sunday 22 JULY

Orion Congregation is a meeting of like Desert Blues minds around Kidal / Mali exile Ahmed Ag Kaedi from members of various bands, mostly Malian and German. "Tombouctou Beat" – the Kel Tamasheq side's Afro Trance version of the Berber experience

Where: YAAM, An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin // When: 19:00
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Monday 23 JULY

The Souljazz Orchestra, Canada's figureheads of all things hot and groovy Black Music – back @

Where: Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19 - 21, 10963 Berlin // When: 21:00
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WOMEX 08 Showcase artists, the undisputable Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba – back with Jay and Matze @ their passionate Munich record company Outhere – and back on the Berlin stage @

Where: ufaFabrik, Viktoriastr. 10 – 18, 12105 Berlin // When: 20:00
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Ethiopian folklore and a funky rhythm, electronica and the krar, catchy melodies and contemplative moods – WOMEX 17 Showcase act Qwanqwa

Where: arkaoda Berlin, Karl-Marx-Platz 16 // When: 21:00

Thursday 26 JULY

Paloma Iturri, Verónica Gerez and Sofía Roma are Bestia Musíca, a tiny full scale orchestra from Buenos Aires that can do it all – from Argentine Folk via nursery rhyme and Psychedelia through beatbox Hip-Hop and back. First Berlin date @

Where: Haus der Sinne, Ystader Str. 10, 10437 Berlin // When: 20:00
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Forward in all directions!

Do the Wobble!


Bestia Piranha with those zappeligen Füßen


Lead Photo: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Innsbruck, 2008 / Wiki - Svickova - Public Domain

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