a.k.a. "Akbar", action anthropologist (M.A.) and AS Roma fan, lives with his family in Berlin and Rome. He is the president of the Piranha group of companies (Piranha Kultur, Piranha Musik & IT and Piranha WOMEX) based in Berlin-Kreuzberg, one of the leading independant producers for international musical exchange. From 1988 - 2001 he directed one of Berlin's major annual summer festivals, the 'HeimatKlänge' ("Home sounds from home planet earth"), from 1999 - 2006 'WOMEX - the world music expo', and since 2000 'Piranha Musik & IT', with more than 140 album releases to date. In the 90ies he initiated ‘Bands United’, ‘Clubs United’ and ‘Fete de la Musique’ in Berlin. From 2004 - 2007 he headed the jury of the local 'Karneval der Kulturen' and in 2006 he co-chaired 'Libero', a cultural network for the football world championship in the German capital. In 2008 he received the "German world music oscar", the Ehren-RUTH. In 2009 he joined the jury of the “11mm” football film festival and was jury-president for the national “Creole” music competition. He also serves as a board member of the 'Berlin Music Commission' - a local music industry cluster of labels, clubs, music publishers and event producers, the 'Gesellschaft für Traditionelle Musik Berlin' and the 'Musikwissenschaftliche Seminar' at Berlin's Humboldt-University.
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