On Saturday, an estimated 242,000 people took to the streets of Berlin to protest against racism and xenophobia, making it one of the biggest marches in recent German history, according to organizers.
The artistry of Janelle Monáe has always been a sight to behold, stretching back to the signature suit donned in the video of her first smash hit single “Many Moons” a decade ago to this year’s concept album, “Dirty Computer.” The artist’s recent appearance at the Red Bull Music Festival in Berlin was no exception.
The folk-rock band Mighty Oaks has rooted itself firmly in Berlin soil, but in order to do so, its three members each had to journey far from their respective homes. It’s an origin story that feels so familiar in Berlin, it might be the set-up of a joke: An American, an Italian and an Englishman walk into a bar…
“Reggae in Wedding,” which takes place on the last Thursday of each month, has become a staple in my monthly musical intake. For the past year, the event has been run by Black Mountain Sound System and co-hosted with Genys, both of whom have been DJing Jamaican-influenced music in different capacities for years.
Benjamin Kraemer, an international postdoctoral fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, usually jumps into Müggelsee to cool off after a game of beach volleyball. But a few weeks ago, he said, all swimming in the lake was banned: “There was a pretty intense cyanobacteria bloom.”