Speaking to the experiences of Afro-German academic, activist and poetess May Ayim (1960 – 1996) who initiated the Black German Movement in the early 1980s, the performance lecture by Natasha A. Kelly and Corina S. Kwami named after May’s reknown poem “Blues in Black and White” addresses the experiences of Black women in Germany before, during and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Narrating Black German (her-)stories in song and text, the unthought-of commuinty becomes part of a global Blues family, which roots lead back to gospels and spirituals sung by The Fisk Jubilee Singers and Mahalia Jackson in Berlin as early as German colonialism. The silence between the pieces as well as a conversation with the artists after the show allow for reﬂection on the local, its connections with the global and back again.
Afterwards Discussion, Tea, Cake with artists of the concert series “Songs We Taught Your Mother”
Songs We Taught Your Mother Salon – “Blues in Black and White”
Performance Lecture with Natasha A. Kelly and Corina S. Kwami
20.5.2018 | Doors 17:30 CET | Starts 00:00 CET
ausland | lychener strasse 60 | 10437 Berlin