.Bringing lusophone sounds from all genres to German audiences
Last week on the 17th July the LusAfro Family met again in Cologne after their 1st encounter in Praia, Cape Verde in April. After only 2 1/2 days of rehearsing the 16 artists from Mozambique, Germany, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde and Portugal wrapped together show that was performed in 4 cities across Western Germanys Ruhr district from the 19th until the 22nd July. The 2 hours long performance was an insight into the amazingly wide range of musical styles and mixtures from lusophone African countries.
Africaine 808 (Germany)| Buruntuma (Guinea Bissau / Portugal) | Ceuzany (Cabo Verde) | Dama do Bling (Mozambique)| Daniel Haaksman (Germany) | Fattú Diakité (Guinea Bissau / Cabo Verde) | Gato Preto (Mozambique / Germany) | Helio Batalha (Cabo Verde) | Lucibela (Cabo Verde) | Rapaz 100 Juiz (Cabo Verde)
Singers of Mournas in the style of Cesária Évora met experimental beat producers, Cape Verdean rappers clashed with an acoustic backing band that then entered Jam Sessions with DJs. A creative mixing and mingling with no genre boundaries that was also appreciated by the big and content audiences of the cities of Hagen, Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Recklinghausen and Bochum.
Enough of words – the best way to feel the LusAfro vibe if you were not there for the show is to watch the video provided by Cosmo.
The video shows the final part of the concert were all artists gather to perform the Track „Funatrap“ produced by Daniel Haaksman. The Track evolved into a spontaneous jam session of the artists and an amazing party for everyone present:
The Roadfestival Odyssee: Musik der Metropolen is organized by Bahnhof Langendreer, Bochum, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr in Mülheim, Pelmke Hagen and the Cultural Instutute Recklinghausen in cooperation with WDR Cosmo and supported by the regional cultural policy of Nordrhein Westfalen.
The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation “Kulturstftiftung des Bundes” within the program TURN which aims to encourage artistic exchanges between Germany and Africa and display African contemporary creation.