A kora is built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator, and has a notched bridge like a lute or guitar. The sound of a kora resembles that of a harp, though when played in the traditional style, it bears a closer resemblance to flamenco and delta blues guitar techniques.
Very few artists can boast 20 albums in a solid singing career spanning twenty-two years. Yvonne has shared the stage with megastars such as Bono, Angelique Kidjo, Annie Lennox, Youssou N’Dour , the classic rock band Queen, and South Africans Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba, and Hugh Masekela, to name a few. Yvonne has performed for HRM Queen Elizabeth, US President Bill Clinton,
Black music is already popular in Germany and has influenced the lifestyle of many people. The situation seems inviting for new Black music artists and groups to live and work in Germany . One of these groups is the 20th District (20 D), based in Berlin . The group members are Albert Lindley Witherspoon Jr. (Thourough VET) from North Carolina , USA , Jerome Gammon (Rome J.) from Virginia , USA and Joao Lourenzo Pedro AKA (J. Lourenzo) from Angola , Africa . The group is managed by Thomas Elst from Germany. Following an impressive performace the group gave at the Bantu Club in Berlin , AFRITOPIC made an interview appointment with the group. In the interviews below, Albert and Jerome speak about their backgrounds, experiences and goals in the music business. Thomas Elst, the manager of 20D explains his working relationship with the group and the situation of the German music industry.
The growing popularity of Black music is unstoppable. New Black artists are expanding the scope of the Black music genre by mixing elements of various music styles with beautiful lyrics. One of these new generations of artists is Triston Brewer, an African-American who left the US for Europe and now resides in Berlin . AFRITOPIC had an interesting chat with Triston in Berlin.
It began 21 years ago and the community continues to grow. Regggae, Dance Hall, Hip Hop, Soul and other Black music artists keep the entertainment industry rolling worldwide. At the Fuehlinger see in Cologne , Germany , some of the most creative artists performed to the satisfaction of thousands of visitors during the 3-day Summerjam festival from 14-16 July 2006. Afritopic was there to witness the show going on.