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Wassermusik: Black Atlantic Revisited


2019, Jul 05, Fri — 2019, Jul 27, Sat

Alice Quaresma | Playground 10, 2017 | © Alice Quaresma

Alice Quaresma | Playground 10, 2017 | © Alice Quaresma

Angélique Kidjo | © Promo

Angélique Kidjo | © Promo

Milton Nascimento | © Promo

Milton Nascimento | © Promo

Gilberto Gil | Photo: Cris Almeida

Gilberto Gil | Photo: Cris Almeida

Ranky Tanky | © Peter Frank Edwards

Ranky Tanky | © Peter Frank Edwards

Maravillas de Mali | © Richard Holstein

Maravillas de Mali | © Richard Holstein

Les Amazones d’Afrique | © Promo

Les Amazones d’Afrique | © Promo

Benin International Musical | © Promo

Benin International Musical | © Promo

Louis Towers | Photo: Alfredo Torres

Louis Towers | Photo: Alfredo Torres

Mario Lucio & Simentera | © Promo

Mario Lucio & Simentera | © Promo

The Congos and Pura Vida | © Lenny Oosterwijk

The Congos and Pura Vida | © Lenny Oosterwijk

In 1993 Paul Gilroy’s book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness was published. In it, he examines how the history of the Black Atlantic diaspora defied art and knowledge to find new forms. Music is of particular importance in this context. In 2004 the Black Atlantic project grappling with Gilroy’s theories took place at HKW. Fifteen years later it’s time to take them up again. The focus of Wassermusik in 2019 – entitled Black Atlantic Revisited – is on the South Atlantic and its musical cultures. With concerts by Milton Nascimento, Angélique Kidjo, Gilberto Gil and many others, a film program and the Wassermarkt.

Curated by Detlef Diederichsen

Echoes of the South Atlantic (July 10 and 11), a conference by the Goethe-Institut, looks at the present-day situation of Atlantic relations between Africa, the Americas and Europe. Paul Gilroy is among the many contributors.

Festival
Concerts, films, conference

Jul 5–27, 2019