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A search for sound and a musical journey to three places in the world that bear the designation "Congo" in their names: geographically far apart, all three possess a wealth of resources, an incomparable musical and cultural richness, and share many commonalities that spring from the transatlantic encounters of their violent colonial pasts and whose effects reverberate to the present.

The transatlantic journey begins at the Congo River and travels through the Caribbean region to the southern United States.

The Congo, Africa's second longest river at 4,700 kilometers, meanders from the heart of the continent through the Congolese rainforest to the Atlantic Ocean.

Congorama combines research contributions, live concerts, DJ sets, a summer open-air series, listening sessions, workshops, lectures and a festival.

Audiences are invited to learn about traditional ancestral knowledge, rhythm, music and other sound practices, and to experience in a whole new way how the communal nature of sound connects different worlds.

This year's festival program kicks off with a three-day music journey during the HKW's grand reopening celebration June 2-4.

Concerts by, among others:

  • Blick Bassy
  • Fatoumata Diawara
  • Estrellas del Caribe
  • Awilo Longomba
  • Oumou Sangaré

  • Concerts: Sat. 10.6. / Sat. 24.6. / Fri. 7.7. / Fri. 21.7. / Tue. 25.7. / Sat. 29.7.
  • Main concerts 20-22 h, on the roof terrace, in case of rain in the auditorium,
  • with supporting bands and DJs.
10. Juni 2023, 19:00
Blick Bassy
Sanni Est, SLIC Unit

7. Juli 2023, 19:00
La Perla, Makumba (Dengue Dengue Dengue), Chrisman (Nyege Nyege)

15. Juli 2023
Pluri-Rhythm Festival
Florence Adooni, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Jembaa Groove u.a. (Eintritt frei)

21. Juli 2023, 19:00Nação Zumbi
Ghostpoet, Coco EM, O.N.A

25. Juli 2023, 19:00
Fatoumata Diawara

29. Juli 2023, 19:00
Etuk Ubong & The Etuk Philosophy
Batila & The DreamBus, Cami Layé Okún
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