‘Musik unter der Zeder’ makes a welcome return to the Bonn Open-Air calendar in July/August. The concerts, created by The Kleinen Theater and KuKuG in Bad Godesberg were a storming success last year, and the 2021 programme looks to be as strong as, or dare I say it, even stronger this Summer. From the opener with Brazilian Jazz & Latin Grooves offered by Astatine and very special guests through to African Drums that will signal the Festival’s close on 9 August there is a veritable cornucopia of musical styles coming our way in the Kurpark Bad Godesberg.
Read on for more information and feedback from the musicians who gathered for this week’s press conference…
Jan Delay has now added an extra show to his Kunstrasen appearance this year. The top German Rap star follows hot on the heels of a similar ‘double booking’ for Lea and makes me wonder if this could be the new norm for concerts – if you can only have half as many people attending, then do two shows. Anyway, Delay is now scheduled for both 24th and 25th August, 7pm Kunstrasen.
There are few musicians in the German pop landscape who can boast a career as rich in surprises as Jan Delay.
He draws from five decades of (black) pop history, but plays just in the here and now. In him are Daft Punk and Drake, Burna Boy and Stefflon Don, Sly & Robbie and Meek Mill. Jan Delay and his terrific band play with disco, trap, funk, afrobeats, ska, arena techno, reggea, rock, soul …. as only free spirits like Jan Delay & Disko No.1 can do.
Jan Delay has always been a popstar by conviction. Never shying away from the big melodies and moments, rather embracing and celebrating them and bringing them into his own cosmos. Only the obvious has never interested him. On the contrary, it is precisely the small breaks and apparent contradictions in his music and artistic personality that have made him relevant over three decades, a period of time that is incomprehensible by hip-hop standards: from the Rote Flora to “Grün Weiße Liebe” to features with Hafti and Tretti. He still takes the political personally almost 30 years after “K.E.I.N.E”.
The fact that he always gets away with it, however, is not only due to his unerring rhyme art and his fine sense for crisp slogans, nor to the trademark of his unique singing voice, but above all to a hard-won fact: There is simply no better live band in this country than Disko No. 1 and their stylish MC Jan Delay.
Congratulations to the Kültürklüngel Orkestar for being one of three local organizations awarded the Bonner Heimat-Prize for 2021.
The ‘Kültürklüngel Orkestar’ is an open and diverse music project that has origins in the grand Bonn Carnival tradition. The concerts of its free-flowing network of local musicians are very often spontaneous affairs with any number of contributors from any number of cultural backgrounds. This is very much reflected in their music, which the orchestra describes as “coming from Orient and Occident, North and South, from the Balkan region to Swabia”. It may at times seem chaotic when you see them marching through the City Centre streets playing. but there is method behind the ‘madness’ whith the aim, by concerts end, to have broken down all cultural barriers with the passers-by through the sheer joy and force of music.
KuKuG in Bad Godesberg has just revealed plans for its open-air season Under the Cedar Trees (Unter der Zeder) in July and August, Covid restrictions permitting.
Six concerts have been tentatively planned in July and August 2021, and if you were unable to travel abroad physically this year, you will certainly have the chance to cross the oceans musically before Summer is out. Familiar faces include Astatine (5 July) with Brazilian Jazz & Latin Grooves, and Marion & Sobo (19 July) with Gypsy & Chanson – fans of Django Reinhardt should not miss this one! Simon Kempston and Bonn Folk Club fans should make a date on 2 August when the British Isles is showcased.
Due to the ongoing Covid restrictions, Bonn’s popular World Music Festival – Over The Border has been moved to September. Organizer Manuel Banha has though put together what he refers to as a ‘Digital Days’ version and it has lots of promise. The concert streams were recently recorded at an audience-less Bonn Harmonie and feature a selection of musicians of the festival supported by a reduced formation of the Local Ambassadors around Roland Peil.
Guests of the Local Ambassadors include Marcus Schinkel (Voyager IV) and Daniel Manrique-Smith (Jin Jim) alongside Gert Kapo, Vincent Themba, Stella Tonon, Naomi, David Joris, Ivo Guedes and Carmen Bown. Guests of the festival will be joined by Sven Hammond with his singer Jared Grant, Noemi Waysfield, Suzana Pais and Boticelli Baby singer Marlon Bösherz.
Sven Hammond & Jared Grant
Tickets for the Digital Days version of Over The Border cost EUR 9.90 for the entire row of concert streams.
For everyone who has already bought a day or whole Festival ticket for this year, you will be able to watch all videos for free if you first apply for a key-code by email to email@example.com
To support live music during these difficult times though I recommend purchasing tickets:
“Es ist daaaa!”Cynthia Nickschas introduced the release of a rocking new song/video, Menschenhass, this week in typical Cynthia fashion.
As she proudly announces, the new video was “Recorded live in the theatre hall (Franziskusbau) of my old school on Loheland, we now present you the first song of our third album “Blatt Papier” (Sheet of Paper).
But here, as William Shakespeare would say, is the ‘rub’: Finishing the whole new disc will need money, and like every musician in the last months, Cynthia has not been on the road selling tickets and cd’s. The whole project seeing light of day on vinyl etc is, therefore, dependant on a little help from her many friends.
Simply put – If you like this video taster of Cynthia in 2021, then please put some money in the lady’s virtual hat.
How? You can find the crowdfunding campaign for ‘Blatt Papier’ via ‘Startnext’ HERE
Those donations won’t go empty-handed though as there are lots of goodies up for grabs – from signed cd’s to entire House-Concerts. For German speakers, I’ll let Cynthia Nickschas have the last word…
For those of us fortunate enough to have caught their concert Unter den Zedern last July here is a reminder of what we enjoyed. If you missed it, here are Joscho Stephan and Marcus Schinkel (minus the Summer breeze and birds singing in the trees).