20 | 21 | 22 JANUARy 2017 | 2nd Global Drums Festival



The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN opens 2017 with a bang – with the unmistakable sounds of not one, but many, many drums!

On three fully-packed festival days, from the 20th to the 22nd of January 2017, we will be presenting you with a representative excerpt of traditional and contemporary percussive music from all over the world – with a focus on percussion from the Arab region – at the 2ND GLOBAL DRUMS FESTIVAL.

A weekend with 11 percussion concerts, 2 workshop days and the Raqs Night & Cairo Hip.Beat.Box live music party awaits!

In addition to insider tips, such as Timbila player Matchume Zango from Mozambique, who will play for the first time in Germany at the 2ND GLOBAL DRUMS FESTIVAL, there are also well established percussionists living in this country, such as the outstanding frame drummer Nora Thiele, who together with Saif Al-Al Khayyat from Baghdad, will present compositions from classical masters alongside their own original works, in addition to traditional Iraqi Maqam melodies.

The whole line up is made up of fine musicians: A trio consisting of the two Egyptians Nasser Kilada & Muhammad Ra’fat and balafon player Moussa Coulibaly, with familial and musicals references to Mali and Guinea, quotes and creolizes North and West African traditions on the opening day. Definitely worth a listen!
You can also listen to the 5-piece international ensemble TAMAM on the first day of the festival. Hogir Göregen, Bodek Jahnke, Alfred Mehnert and Katrina Martínez Marrupe play ritual drum music from various regions and cultural contexts with their brand new program entitled “Parzival & Ritual”.

On the following day (Saturday), the experimental formation FOUR DRUMMERS DRUMMING, under the direction of bandleader Albrecht Riermeier, produce innovative sounds and beats through an unusual combination of percussion instruments and a daring fusion of musical styles.

One of the festival highlights will certainly be the performance by the Iranian world-class percussionist Reza Mohammad Mortazavi on Saturday night! The internationally renowned and exceptional musician regularly guides his listeners to new aural experiences with the Tombak (a Persian, cup-shaped hand drum) and the Daf frame drum. He won his first prize at the age of ten, with his own compositions in the prestigious “Tombak Music Competition” in Teheran. This is just one of the reasons why Mortazavi has been the best Tombak and Daf player in the world since he was 20 years of age!

Those who couldn’t imagine percussion without dance should keep all three festival evenings free – then you won’t have to worry about being spoilt for choice! Khader Ahmad who was born in Lebanon and grew up in Berlin will present an abundance of danceable beats with his fusion project Dum Tak Revolution Vol.1 - Vol. 3. They combine pop and Shaabi, and have made a name for themselves in the Arab world and beyond.
And those who want even more fusion should not miss the Raqs Night & Cairo Hip.Beat.Box club night! That’s because beat boxer Daniel Mandolini rhythmically brings the melodious pop songs of Nasser Kilada, from Cairo in the 1950s and 1960s into the here and now…

Fans of handmade dance beats will find more of what they are looking for right at the end of our 2ND GLOBAL DRUMS FESTIVALS: The closing concert with percussive music from various West African traditions will be given by the band Lanaya, under the direction of bandleader Aziz Sinka. The band maintains very tight beats, with a particular focus on rhythms from the various cultures of Burkina Faso. Expect particularly furious Manding rhythms, songs and dances. Lanaya skillful weaves melodious grooves with rhythmic improvisations and interprets traditional pieces, be they quiet or powerful, sorrowful or joyful, in a brand new way.

Those who can’t believe that it’s all over on the 22nd of January have the chance to see Duo Safar one more time on Friday the 27th of January, 2017, at their club gig and immerse themselves in the world of percussive music from the Middle East!



FRIDAY, 20 January 2017

5:00 PM | Courtyard | CONCERT | ZAFFA - Arab wedding band

6:15 PM | Café | CONCERT | MATCHUME ZANGO (Mozambique)

7:00 PM | Hall | CONCERT | RASA DAIKO (Japan/Germany)


9:30 PM | Club | CONCERT | TAMAM presents: PARZIVAL & RITUAL as part of World Wide Music
           (Concert is not included in the festival ticket)

SATURDAY, 21.01.2017

3:00 - 5:00 PM | Café | WORKSHOP |  Percussion workshop with A. Mehnert & H. Göregen

6:00 PM | Hall | CONCERT | Khader Ahmad

6:45 PM | Hall | CONCERT | Nora Thiele & Saif Al-Khayyat

8:00 PM | Hall | CONCERT | Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

10:00 PM | Club | PARTY | Raqs Night & Cairo Hip.Beat.Box with Nasser Kilada & Daniel Mandolini

           (Concert not included in the Festival ticket)

SUNDAY, 22.01.2017

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Café | WORKSHOP | Percussion-Workshop mit A. Mehnert & H. Göregen

5:00 PM | Hall | CONCERT | 4 drummers drumming

6:30 PM | Hall | CONCERT | Nabil Arbaain & Matthias Haffner

8:00 PM Hall | CONCERT | Lanaya

Presenter: Eric Vaughn
Project director:
Anette Heit

*Programme subject to change


Day ticket : € 22 / € 18 (student) / € 12 (with Berlin-Pass)
TAMAM at World Wide Music: € 15  / € 10 (student) / €5 (with Berlin-Pass)
Raqs Night & Cairo Hip.Beat.Box: € 10 / € 5 (concession)





Arab wedding band

FRIDAY | 20.01.2017 | 5:00 PM | Courtyard 

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Matchume Zango


FRIDAY | 20.01.2017 | 6:15 PM | Café


Cândido Salomão Zango, also known as “Matchume”, has dedicated himself to Mozambican traditional music and dance since the age of six. His parents and grandparents are originally from Zavala, Inhambane Province (Mozambique), which is the center of Timbila, a marimba-style instrument which is revered as part of Mozambique’s national patrimony. Inspired by this long and passionate tradition of music and percussion, Matchume began to play, study music and produce traditional instruments such as timbila, mbira, xitende and djembe drums.

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FRIDAY | 20.01.2017 | 7:00 PM | Hall


Line up: 
Beate Gatscha (DE/CZ) – Kathak Dance / Taiko
Madlen Werner (DE/CZ) – Oriental Fusion / Taiko
Karen Lai Taguet (VN/FR/DE) – Bharatnatyam / Taiko
Birgit Stauber (AT/DE) – Modern Dance / Taiko
Anastasia Hack (GR/DE) – Jazz Dance / Taiko

The ensemble RASA DAIKO

brings together five dancers and drummers from different countries of origin who live in Berlin, and who have different kinds of dance training. They unite their love of dance with their equal fascination of Asian drumming. They have been working together in various projects for a number of years already and founded RASA DAIKO with the idea to place their diverse artistic skills in a contemporary context that connects cultures.

Dance and Drums is a fusion of dance and dance choreographies of the powerful Taiko drumming style from Asia combined with classical percussive dance styles from India (Kathak, Bharatanatyam), Oriental dance and modern dance. The dancers accompany the powerful drum sounds and vice versa.


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Egypt / Burkina Faso

FRIDAY | 20.01.2017 | 8:15 PM | Hall


Tak Taka - Beats of Egypt

The rhythms of Egypt are very diverse: from Suez in the North, to Assuan and Luxor in the South, the rhythms of the Bedouin and the Falahi, as well as other traditional and modern styles. Egypt has always been a melting pot of various cultures that have exchanged ideas and found a new home there. Dum Tek presents the diversity of Egyptian rhythms, accompanied by folk singing and folk melodies.

Nasser Kilada - Vocals, Oud, Percussion
Muhammad Ra'fat - Drums, Percussion
Moussa Coulibaly - Kora, Balafon, Talking Drum 



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as part of World Wide Music 

FRIDAY | 20.01.2017 | 9:30 PM | Club

Concert is not included in the festival ticket.

Why do people say that in central Europe there are no rituals and that the people are not receptive to repetitive energy, the inner groove of an event? TAMAM wants to mix things up so the performers don't even know themselves where what they are playing comes from. It doesn't matter where it comes from! What interests us is where we, together with the audience, move to: tamam - me ? ein - verstanden? συμφωνείς? en - tendido? don't you agree?

Line up:

Bodek Janke - Poland/Berlin
Evi Filippou - Greece/Berlin
Alfred Mehnert - Germany/Berlin
Katrina Martínez Marrupe - Cuba/Berlin
Hogir Göregen - Kurdistan/Berlin


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SATURDAY, 21 JanuarY 2017




SATURDAY 21.01.2017 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Café

Hogir Göregen - Turkey

Alfred Mehnert - Germany

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Lebanon / Germany

SATURDAY 21.01.2017 | 6:00 PM | Hall



Khader Ahmad was born in Lebanon,but raised in Berlin, Germany. He has already worked with famous oriental dancers and musicians. His clear and brilliant way of playing and his sensitivity have made him one of the most requested percussionist for years. He worked with popular Arabic singers and musicians such as Ahmad Adawea, Mohammed Mounir, Cheb Khaled and the legend Magdy Al Husseini. In 2012, he founded the band "RAQSA",specialized in music of oriental dance. In 2014, he started a project named "DUM TAK Revolution" which combines traditional arabic music with modern electronic pop, shaabi and belly dance. The project based in Berlin released the "DUM TAK Revolution Vol.1" featuring Alla Kushnir and in collaboration with Jillina. The second album "DUM TAK Revolution Vol.2" has also been released. The third album Dum Tak Revolution Vol.3 in cooperation with Sadie came out in june 2016.

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Nora Thiele & Saif Al-Khayyat

Germany/ Iraq

SATURDAY 21.01.2017 | 6:45 PM | Hall

Ahlam Babiliyya (Babylonian Dreams) is a homage to the old high culture of the Babylonian empire which also formed an important basis for European culture. The aim is to preserve the centuries-old tradition of Iraq Maqam music on the one hand, and make a gentle rejuvenation and further development of it audible at the same time. 

The programme includes traditional Iraqi Maqam melodies, compositions by classical masters as well as their own pieces.

Maqam is a musical style and the umbrella term for the scales that it uses. It is the role of the musicians interpreting the Maqam to achieve the special emotion of a Maqam and to convey this mood to the audience with empathy and virtuosity. The moment, the musical meditation, and the art of improvisation are at the heart of this concert.

In June 2014, the duo released their first CD entitled "Ahlam Babiliyya - Babylonian Dreams", which features traditional Iraqi music, works by Mounir Bahsir, Ganehm Haddad and their own compositions and improvisations.
The duo Al-Khayyat & Thiele are among the three winners of the 5th creole Berlin Brandenburg


Nora Thiele is an exceptionally diverse and in demand percussionist and has made a name for herself in the international frame drum scene with her captivating stage presence and her distinctive sound. As a musician, she moves between the genres of old music, global music, jazz and improvisation. Traditional, experimental and classical music feature in equal measure in her repertoire. As an independent musician who lives in Berlin, Nora Thiele composes pieces for frame drum and other chamber music. She has performed concerts as a soloist and with her ensemble in Europe, the Middle East and China.

Saif Al-Khayyat studied classical Arab lute from 1992 to 1998 at the Bagdad Conservatory. Sami Nasim was one of the masters he studied with. During his studies, he performed as a soloist with the "Amasi Al Sharq" orchestra and composed songs for the church choir. Saif Al-Khayyat founded the "Ho-Jazz" ensemble in Leipzig, connecting Arab classical music with jazz. He has performed at events such as the “Festival of Lutes” in Dresden, "Quedlinburg Music Summer" and the “Leipzig Jazznachwuchsfestival”.


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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi


SATURDAY 21.01.2017 | 8:00 PM | Hall

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (born in Isfahan/Iran in 1978) is considered by many as the world’s best Tombak player. In the course of his career he developed over 30 new striking and finger techniques and revolutionised the traditional way of playing – not always to the joy of the old masters. Since 16 years Mohammad Reza Mortazavi is living and working as a musician and composer in Germany with base in Berlin.

In 2003 he received the German World Music Award RUTH in the newcomers’ category. In March 2010 his concert successes were crowned by a solo concert he gave at the Philharmonie in Berlin.
In 2010 Mohammad Reza Mortazavi also started to work with flowfish.music and that on two releases at once: the solo CD GREEN HANDS and the DVD Live at the Berlin Philharmonie.His solo tour for the album CODEX started in 2013, with almost 100 concerts around the world in venues such as the World Music Festival in Shanghai, China, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Philharmonie Köln or several times at the Fusion Festival in Germany. For the final concert in 2015, he sold out the Samaritan Church (Samariterkirche) in Berlin.
In 2015 Mohammad Reza Mortazavi started a regular acoustic event in Berlin, called TRANSFORMATION which is also the name of his 8th solo album, released in 2016.



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Raqs Night & Cairo Hip.Beat.Box
mit Nasser Kilada & Daniel Mandolini

SATURDAY 21.01.2017 | 10:00 PM | Club

Party is not included in the Festival Ticket

Admission: € 10 / € 5 (concession)

Daniel Mandolini

Nasser Kilada

Raqs Night & Cairo Hip.Beat.Box

Traditional Egyptian songs and rhythms meet modern beat box – the Egyptian-German musician Nasser Kilada and the German-Argentine beat boxer Daniel Mandolini present a new musical concept. They unite the traditional and modern, the Orient and Occident: drum and bass, beat box, Middle Eastern and Afro rhythms together with percussive, vocal and melodic overdubs create a totally new musical experience.

Nasser Kilada - Vocals, Percussion, Oud
Daniel Mandolini - Beat Box, Live Looping

Special Guest: Moussa Coulibaly - Balafon, Kora, Djembe


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SUNDAY, 22 JanuarY 2017





Turkey / Germany

SUNDAY 22.01.2017 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Café

Hogir Göregen - Kurdistan

Alfred Mehnert - Germany

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SUNDAY 22.01.2017 | 5:00 PM | Hall

FOUR DRUMMERS DRUMMING whisks the listener away into the soundscape of drums and percussion. It is the brainchild of Albrecht Riermeiers, who has brought together musicians from different styles to present atmospheric productions with a rich arsenal of percussive instruments.
FOUR DRUMMERS DRUMMING has no fixed formation, meaning that each of their 3 CDs is unique in its own way, as each of the contributing musicians presents their own style in the original compositions.


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Nabil Arbaain & Matthias Haffner

Syria / Germany

SUNDAY 22.01.2017 | 6:30 PM | Hall


Nabil Arbaain

Matthias Haffner 

Nabil Arbaain is an oud player from Damascus, Syria. Matthias Haffner is a percussionist and lives in Berlin. Together they want to emphasise positive aspects, as a contrast to the madness in Syria. Their music helps heals wounds, makes the lived hell more bearable, forms connections without words and stops at no borders. The duo’s music has depth, and is moving and captivating. It awakes longing and gives hope: hope for a peaceful world, and for being creative together. Nabil plays the Arab lute – the oud: a pear-shaped string instrument and the predecessor of the guitar. Its sound melds perfectly with Arab percussion instruments, such as the frame drum, Darbuka, Tar, Riq or Bendir. The duo plays its own compositions as well as traditional Syrian music. Wonderful melodies from 1001 Nights, accompanied with fascinating rhythms such as the Samai, Maksum and Lef.

Nabil Arbaain: Oud
Matthias Haffner: Percussion (Tar, Riq, Tof Miriam)


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Burkina Faso

SUNDAY 22.01.2017 | 8:00 PM | Hall


The group Lanaya has made a reputation for themselves in the Berlin world music scene for being something special among African bands who play traditional music.
The majority of musicians come from Burkina Faso in West Africa and can draw on the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Manding people who live there. The other members, who come from Guinea, Argentina and Germany also have a deep musical background. Yet only through the openness to each other’s cultural and musicals worlds, the friendship with each other as well as the involvement of the stylistic elements and instruments of the various nations have they been enabled to create a totally unique sound which goes far beyond the usual offerings at African drum concerts. They will perform the world famous, powerful and furious rhythms, songs and dances of the Manding, as well as music from other African cultures. The entire repertoire has been arranged for modern stylistic elements such as electric guitar and the saxophone. Lanaya can thus reinterpret old, quiet, powerful, sad or joyful traditional pieces with melodic grooves, and African rhythmic improvisations.


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