anika_awaSpace, Place, Politics: How Does One’s Environment Shape an Artist’s Worldview?
In cooperation with BIMM Berlin

Acud Studio, Veteranenstraße 21
Saturday, 16:00 – 17:00

Critic D. Strauss moderates a discussion with the artists Anika (UK/BLN) and AWA (African Woman Arise / Zimbabwe) about how environments — both physical and political — affect and influence the creation of their music, whether it be through words or music, meaning or mood. In the current political moment we find ourselves in, where does an artist find herself? What exactly is an artist’s relation to a social politics — does taking a stance in one’s music, advance a cause or turn it into an object to exploit?

Moderated by D.Strauss, freelance journalist and long time festival supporter.

Anika (UK/Berlin)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anika_(musician)

Annika Henderson is a musician, poet and artist who rose to fame as ANIKA with two highly acclaimed eponymous records (Recorded with Geoff Barrow of Portishead and his band Beak>, released on Stones Throw in the US), and was touring the world. She is well known as a DJ too, hosts a radio program on BCR – Berlin Community Radio, is seen and heard in experimental cinema and collaborates with a variety of Berlin, London, or Mexico City based artists and musicians among them Jandek, Michael Rother (Neu!), Andreas Reihse of Kreidler, T.Raumschmiere (Sleeping Pills and Habits), Doireann O’Malley, Ricardo Domeneck, Stine Omar / Max Boss (EASTER), or Yann Tiersen. She also recently returns from a residency in Tehran, IR where she collaborated with Berlin-based video artist, Phillip Geist for a live video mapping projection, as well as performed at the renowned Tadaex festival. She is due to play ATP Iceland in July.

AWA | African Woman Arise (Zimbabwe)
www.torstrassenfestival.de/awa

»Awakhiwe Sibanda who is known on stage as A.W.A (African Women Arise) is a 24-year-old female emcee and a vocalist from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She started rapping in 2012 and released songs in Ndebele about Teenage pregnancy and Gender Based Violence. The talented female emcee has shared the stage with artists like Hip Hop Pantsula (S.A) and Symbiz (GER) and Digital Rebels (ZIM). She is part of the music congress and festical „Urban Africa – My Future in 2020“, taking place at Club Bahnof Ehrenfeld in Cologne on the 28-30th of September 2016.«

AWA will also perform at the after show party at Acud Club.