African Beats & Pieces | Alt. Africa: Underground Sounds

Freitag // 26. April 2019 // 23:00h

26. April @ Badehaus Berlin
Doors: 23.00h

African Beats & Pieces ★ is an event series dedicated to the music of Africa and its diaspora.

With a special focus on contemporary and lesser-known artists, we strive to showcase the diversity of sounds and songs the continent has to offer, doing so through theme-specific parties involving passionate diggers & DJs.

We’re happy to invite the brilliant radio producer and seasoned British DJ Emily Dust (Soho Radio) to help us navigate through the lesser-known networks of incredible music boiling deep underground on the continent. She has built a solid reputation for locating & showcasing the freshest sounds on the planet and recently produced a compelling program about Gqom music in South Africa for BBC World Service.

We absolutely love African contempary popular music, there is nothing quite like it, and we play it whenever we can. Like anywhere else though, the mainstream pop music scenes in African countries tend to be flooded with the same kind of sounds - often vaguely gathered under the recent and quite unsatisfying umbrella term "Afrobeats". The traditional gatekeeping around what gets played on radio and TV stations, coupled with economic barriers and the lack of an established creative infrastructure, makes it often difficult for alternative and innovative artists to get their music out into the world.

Many cities have become hubs for creative, experimental musicians who are making waves behind the scenes though: Kampala, Durban, Nairobi, Accra, Cairo, Cape Town, Lagos & more!

Characterized by their DIY attitude and the kind of determined hustle that comes from having to find success with limited resources, a crop of independent, ambitious artists have been working in the background, pushing new sounds and expanding the boundaries of their city’s and country’s music scene.

come with an open mind and leave with sore legs!

 Emily Dust (London, U.K.) | Soho Radio

 DJ Mixanthrope (France/Berlin) | African Beats & Pieces

Badehaus Berlin
Revaler Straße 99
10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
(auf dem RAW-Gelände, Eingang Höhe Simon-Dach Straße)