February 2018


Black Music Renaissance IV

Friday 02.02.2018 9:00 PM | Club

Admission: €15 / €10 (concession) / €5 (with Berlin Pass) Children up to 14: free

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Kevin Sholar


BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE goes Black History Month

In February every year, numerous countries around the world celebrate Black History Month by organising Black cultural and historical events. The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is also contributing to the visibility of Black culture, history and contemporary life with a range of different events.

In February 2018, Kelvin Sholar is curating the four-part concert series BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE in honour of the 150th birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois, (Black civil rights activist, philosopher, journalist and pacifist). He follows the connections between jazz and other musical styles from the African diaspora, such as rap, with music from the Arab-speaking world and Eurasia. The goal is to celebrate the common threads of rhythm, harmony and melody and unravel the global problems of colonialism, racism and discrimination through musical connections, a concept that Du Bois supported.



The MUsicians

In cooperation with the Werkstatt der Kulturen, Kelvin Sholar presents a line up of extraordinary musicians in this, the fourth edition of Black Music Renaissance:

  • the Kurdish singer Hani Mojtahedy, on Friday, 2nd February
  • the Serbian singer and musician from the Sinti and Roma tradition, Matilda Leko, on Friday 9th February
  • the American Blues-Reggae singer Corey Harris, on Friday, 16th February
  • and the American actor and rap musician Yah Supreme, on Friday 23rd February, in collaboration with the tenor sax wonder Sylwester Ostrowski and Szcecin Jazz.


 Hani Mojtahedy


Hani Mojtahedya well known Kurdish singer and songwriter, started her art career in 2000, while she was living in Sanandaj, a small city in western Iran.

There are a lot of limitations and obstacles for artists in Iran due to its strict Islamic laws. For women this is combined with Islamic laws that are written especially for women. Nevertheless, she tried to open all the doors she could, to live out her desires and express her rebellious soul.

The outcome of these hard years was a limited number of concerts, which due to Iranian laws she was only allowed to sing in front of female audiences, or to sing with a male singer companion, which she never accepted. These limitations and obstacles led her to come to the conclusion that this situation would kill her dreams and desires. She left Iran in 2004 and as soon as she arrived in Germany her voice went house by house and city by city in Kurdish areas between Iran,Turkey, Iraq and Syria.
She has released 2 albums, more than 20 singles and 7 music videos and also participated in numerous TV shows and concerts and festivals around the world.




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Kelvin Sholar is a musician that knows no stylistic boundaries. He has won over ten awards for music and appeared on over one hundred recordings, in wildly ranging styles.

Sholar is featured in live performances by Stevie Wonder, Kevin Saunderson or Carl Craig, Qtip, Nigel Kennedy and many others; not to mention his acclaimed work with original music, or the music of Jeff Mills, Rob Hood, Earth, Wind and Fire- and many others.



World Wide Music

Berlin Acts play Global Music!

Every Friday the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN presents the finest of Global Music.

9:00 PM (doors open), Entry: € 15 / € 10 / € 5 (with Berlinpass)

You'll find all concerts on the WorldWideMusic Schedule and on the WorldWideMusic Facebook fanpage!

Band inquiries to:

Anette Heit
Phone +49 (0)30 60 97 70-17

A concert series in cooperation with multicult.fm and Funkhaus Europa. Every Wednesday at 9 am and 7 pm our concerts are broadcast on multicult.fm!


The facilities of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN are accessible to wheelchair users. Please call us in advance on +49 (0)30 60 97 70-0 to ensure proper access support.