22.09.2018 Closing concert

Tiganá Santana

Young singer, guitarist and poet from Salvador de la Bahia. Talks about his African roots with pride, thereby fighting with, still existing, discrimination among Afro-Brazilian population. Driven by need of getting to know his descent, he started to learn African languages, Angolan ‘kim bundu’ and Congolese ‘kikongo’. Religion candomblé, of which he’s an adherent and ceremonies’ participant, is a significant source of inspiration to his work. Tigana Santana’s music enraptures with its delicacy, subtle, but compelling voice of the artist, spiritualized atmosphere of references to Afro-Brazilian religions.

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Mulatu Astatke

Ethiopian visionary, called “the father of ethio-jazz”. His lasting five decades career is also a story of musical travel through three continents and mixing numerous styles and genres. The peculiar sound of vibraphone, Ethiopian scales, elements of Latino music and jazz became this great artist’s characteristics. At the turn of the 60s and 70s he became one of the icons of musical changes in Ethiopia. The golden years of his work lasts since the 90s, and every next of Astatke’s records is a meaningful event. For many years he’s been an example and inspiration for artists all over the world. In 2012 he received honoris causa title at his university, Berklee School of Music.

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