Black Heritage

Black Heritage

 Berlin, Berlin, DEU
BandWorldJazz

BLACK HERITAGE offers a unique blend of original compositions in idioms from all over the African Diaspora, performed with high-level musicianship and conviction, and great soloists. Well received by demographics favoring Jazz, Funk, World, and more.

Biography

BLACK HERITAGE was formed in Berlin Germany in the early 1990s. The orchestra constantly performs in the U.S or Europe and elswhere.and shares mostly its time between Germany and the US.

The music offers an exciting mix of African rooted original compositions, in genres from throughout the African Diaspora -- Afro Beats to Blues, Reggae, Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Arabic, Soul and Jazz, and Rap to Gospel. The arrangements, the lyrics and the compositions are solid, highly dynamic, and speak directly to the soul, inviting one to dance and travel. The originality, versatility and flexibility of the music lets BLACK HERITAGE fit well into Jazz, R&B, and World music venues and festivals.

Of Creole extraction,exceptional vocalist and composer MFA KERA was born in Madagascar and grew up in Senegal."Imagine Sarah Vaughan, Grace Jones, Shirley Bassey & Ima Sumac mixed into one African singer, then you'll get an idea of the depth of the talent of MFA KERA . One must see her live performance to definitely appreciate her energy and Charisma."
After moving to Paris, she began her professional career singing the blues and gospel, linking with Memphis Slim and working with such luminaries as Mickey Baker, John Lee Hooker and Milt Buckner.She performs a tribute to Mahalia Jackson in the film "the Adventure of Jazz".
She made numerous recordings by RCA & various labels and toured all over Europe..
In the mid 80ties, starting project with Waziz Diop She has been developing a style she called herself "Ethno techno Pan african rock music" or "heavy Wood music" and spent some time in Los Angeles working with musicians from Africa USA and Asia.
In the early 90ies She formed BLACK HERITAGE along with US jazzman MIKE RUSSELL in Berlin.She also produced the musical journey "Odeylo" , the story of 'Ma Africa in music , text & dance with Black heritage music repertoire..
While in South Africa with Black Heritage, she recorded with AIRTO MOREA and the South African All-stars. She composes, writes, produces, paints and also holds workshops voice & singing workshops ("how to breathe, sound &sing") worldwide.She also produced her own radio show & just created the "Universal Gospel Voices" Ensemble, "performing the Good News".

Keyboardist REINHARD KATEMANN was born in Germany in 1953. He studied classical piano, horn, trombone and tuba, and was eventually asked to lead the school chorus. . His interest in African music dates from an early age , no surprise he started to perform with Mfa Kera when she settled in Berlin.Of great classical background he is the ideal fellow to join venture with the Black Heritage.He is also the electronic master mind on the mixing board of his recording studio.

Co leader and superb guitarist/singer MIKE RUSSELL(and his 70ties Hagstron best friend guitar!),has been described as a "mixture of George Benson, Al Mac Kay ( Earth Wind & Fire) with the intensity of B.B King" with his own sound".This native Washingtonian, was born in 1952 and studied classical and flamenco guitar at any early age. His professional career started in the ‘60s with soul and blues bands. Song writing and composing were early interests and he did studio work with Columbia Records as a guitarist and composer. Since moving to Berlin in 1989, he has performed with Eddy Harris, Billy Bang and many others. In addition to forming Black Heritage with MFA Kera, he also has his own band Soul-funk-Jazz band performing original compositions and swinging grooves!!!.
-_----------------------------------------------------------------A fEW FESTIVALS with National televisions where BLACK HERITAGE performed:
.Festival international de Nerac-France.
Montreux Jazz Fest.Switzerland
Festival de Musica e Artes Olodum -femadum-Brazil
Leverkusener Jazztage-Germany
Dakar Gore Jazz Fest-Senegal-
Guinness Jazz fest Johannesburg-south Africa
Xian Ancient Culture Art Festival-China
Breda Jazz Fest-Netherland
Papahannock festival-virginia USA.
The kennedy center , Washington D.C Usa, Jazz nad Odra-Wroclaw-Poland etc..etc...
-------------------------------------------------------------------FOR MORE INFOS about the artists, additional music samples visit the web site : WWW.BLACKHERITAGE.DE
..and to check a few MUSIC-DOWNLOADS:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/blackheritage

Lyrics

I wanna go back to Hollywood

Written By: MFA KERA

I wanna go back to Hollywood
I wanna go back to Hollywood
I wanna go back to Hollywood
That’s my aim, pick me up again,
howling sirens, in your old Citröen

I wanna bring you back my mood
I wanna bring you back my mood
I wanna bring you back my mood
Afro Mood, Ethno-Techno-Pan,
Panafrican Rock, acid food

Marley can shout to strangulation
Marvin N’Gaye in echo all over the canyon
I will stand up get up if by chance, if by chance
you’ve kept your white ambulance
too silly for long limousines, faith instead of vitamins,
let’s start the film!

I wanna go back to Hollywood...

Herbie Hancock and his “Da-Drums”Shock
Ice-T, MC, Spike Lee, on the riots
Twentyfirst Century Foxes, lions and robots
on the same passport
Twentyfirst Century Fox, bears and griots
at the airport, great shot!

Two o’Clock and from the top of my EiffelTower
Hollywoodian Halloween, giant screen, cosmopolitan opera
Two AM, Tour Eiffel, je t’aime o oui je t’aime
But ain’t that no fakes, fluo tricks, bubbling laser
Pink punk sticks
Clips Claps, Clips Claps, Clips Claps,
Clips Claps... heartquake!

I wanna go back to hollywood...

Discography

The latest CD- BLACK HERITAGE (feat.Mfa Kera & Mike Russell )"Afro Soul" , is available on: Be1 Two/Fenn(Germany) for most of Europe & Japan, "Qualiton" for the USA and CDBABY.com/blackheritage & Amazon-music.com for the world. Currently the CD is getting airplay in Europe & just started in the US. MP3s are available on http://www.mp3tunes.com/BlackHeritage It's a website selling MP3 files, which needs no special software and works on any computer.
This new release featuring tracks with guest-artists such as OLODUM, Brasil or master Kora player MESSIN SISSOKHO, Senegal, or a remix of the Black heritage theme with late EDDIE HARRIS is a MUST!

Set List

A typical concert set lasts 90 minutes, plus encores. The repertoire is all originals.