Dancehallmusic.de is sponsoring the fifth annual DHM Linkup later this month. The largest German speaking event of its kind will gather Caribbean music enthusiasts, sound systems and artists in Berlin on September 22. The event will take place at Yaam at Stralauer Platz 35, 10243 Berlin.
An upcoming exhibition at BRIC's Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn will include the work of German photographer Stefan Falke. His images capture the Moko Jumbies of the Dragon Keylemanjahro School of Arts and Culture in Trinidad during their carnival presentations. Many of these images are also available in a coffee table book entitled Moko Jumbies: The Dancing Spirits of Trinidad.
The exhibit entitled MAS' opens next week on September 12th. The gallery is located at 33 Clinton Street in Brooklyn.
Here are the details of the MAS' exhibit from BRIC's website:
FROM PROCESS TO PROCESSION
Caribbean Carnival as Art Practice
September 12 - October 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 7 to 9pm
MAS’: From Process to Procession, curated by Claire Tancons, captures the creation process of the contemporary Caribbean Carnival from initial drawings to final street processions. Mas’, short for masquerade, is synonymous with Carnival, and is a common name for the living art that is central to the annual festivities in Trinidad. Carnival traditions from other countries are also presented, including the Dominican Republic and Curaçao, through drawing, installation, performance and film. Today, Carnival has evolved into an art form that bridges folk traditions with multimedia art to become a dynamic interdisciplinary art experience. MAS’ seeks to challenge traditional modes of artistic representation and curatorial presentation, and in doing so, unveil Carnival, with its formal innovations, satirical political appraisals, and inherently public nature, as one of the most complete yet under recognized contemporary art forms.
Laura Anderson Barbata, Mexico/USA
Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Domincan Republic/USA
Stefan Falke, Germany/USA
Marlon Griffith, Trinidad
Karyn Olivier, Trinidad/USA
Superior Concept Monsters / (Alex Kahn and Sophie Michahelles), USA
Caecilia Tripp, Germany/France
Thursday, September 20, 7pm
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
A dynamic group of artists, musicians and Carnival experts will come together to discuss the history of Mas’ in Trinidad, current Carnival traditions and why Mas’ is an energetic and valuable art form.
The Bacchanal Sisters recently burst on the soca scene in Germany after a trip to this year's carnival in Trinidad. They enjoyed themselves so much they decided to bring the good vibes back to their homeland. They have dubbed themselves as "Germany's first female soca sound" and have already DJ'd a couple of events at Halle 02 in Heidelberg. The Bacchanal Sisters are Maike AKA Trinibee and Anna AKA Miss Behave. You can keep up with them at their MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/bacchanalsisters.
The Soca Twins, Germany's leading soca sound system from Berlin, earned two award nominations at the 5th annual International Soca Awards in New York for the second year in a row. After Sunday night's award ceremony no prize was forthcoming, however. They were nominated in category 13: International DJ of the Year and in category 36: Best Soca DJ Mix for their two CD compilation entitled De Trini In Meh Soca Mix 2K7 available at faluma.com. The Soca Twins are DJ Franky Fiyah and MC Boone Chatta. All the award results can be found here.