February 2018


Black Music Renaissance IV

Friday 23.02.2018 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.





Recording artist Yah Supreme purveys digital b-boy funk from his latest opus, Naked City. The Brooklyn native waxes esoteric through rhythm and poetry. Ray McNaught embellishes with lively drumming and syncopation while co-producer Tiger-VS-Cobra manipulates Ableton/MIDI consoles in real time. Each tune is a frisky synergy of vintage and virtual instrumentation tethered to themes of voyeurism/exhibitionism and social connection.

Yah Supreme (Yahya Jeffries-El) was born at Harlem Hospital and grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. After attending Manhattan’s Hunter College High School, he studied performing arts at Washington University in St. Louis as a Harold A. Ramis Scholar.

Yah’s “atmospheric hip-hop” quintet–Brohemian–is a 21st century mash-up of Gil Scott Heron, Marvin Gaye and Guru fused together over funky rhythms. Their simple, yet cinematic songs have attracted an enthusiastic audience to date. Yah Supreme (lead vocals/production) and Tommaso Cappellato (drums/production) formed the project in Brooklyn back in 2004 and independently released their debut album “Post Modern Garden“ in 2006. Prior to forming Brohemian, Yah Supreme has released 5 12-inch singles on vinyl, an EP and a compilation album on compact disc through the labels Son Doo Recordings (Brooklyn) and Underground Academy (Paris).

He has also appeared on albums as a guest with Featherstar, Tiffany Pfeiffer and the Discarnate Band, Jimmy Lopez, Spier 1200, DJ Cam and Fare Soldi. Yah Supreme’s sophomore album “Naked City“ was released on November 11, 2014. Yah is also currently composing songs with producer Phil Money on the album “The Born Supremacy” and is the co-producer and vocalist for the duo Moonset Juice under the pseudonym “Bruce Gladstones.” His third musical project, Cellophane Grotto contributed music for the score and soundtrack of Big Whiskey Pictures‘ film “Downshift.”

Corey Harris has performed, recorded, and toured with names such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, R.L.Burnside, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara and many others. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.




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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.