Among all German cities, Berlin claims to be the most multicultural city. Over 400,000 people of foreign origin live and work in Berlin . There are diverse initiatives that aim at fostering cultural diversity awareness and integration of immigrants. One of these initiatives is the annual event called “Karneval der Kulturen” (Carnival of cultures). The event that usually takes place in May or June includes cultural shows,
Spontaneous improvisation, creative blending of elements from diverse music genre and implementation of indigenous /local instruments as well as modern technology contribute to the uniqueness of Jean-Paul Bourelly’s music. In an interview with AFRITOPIC, Jean-Paul talks about his music and project engagements.
Afritopic: Under which category would you list your type of music?
Jean-Paul: In every field of profession, people like to categorize and define. This is also true in the music field. We are breaking the rules of categorization by bringing different musicians from different nations and music backgrounds to produce music. The resulting sound is new with elements ranging from Jazz, Blues, Funk and Soul to Afro Beat. This strategy allows us to grow. It is creative,
A multi-disciplinary platform for academics to discuss diverse issues relating to Africa was successfully initiated in Berlin on the 29th October 2009. The initiative termed “Africa Berlin International Conference” brought academics together at the Humboldt University, Berlin, for three days (29th till 31st October 2009).