WATER AND SOUND

FESTIVAL OF CULTURES

25.7.- 27.7. | 2. – 4.8.24

At WATER & SOUND 2024, the focus is on the Atlantic. The rich musical traditions of the Atlantic region are shaped by the historical interaction between Europe, Africa and America and the effects of colonialism, trade, slavery, migration and a globalized world. Water & Sound presents from 25.7. until 4.8.2024 contemporary artists from the Atlantic region who represent the tension between Africa, America and Europe from different perspectives. Among others, singer Mayra Andrade can be heard on the open-air stage together with the Ensemble Atlantique, which combines influences of African and Brazilian Cape Verdean music with elements of Afrobeat and global pop. In the Annahof, the group Bala Desejo from Brazil presents influences from the tropicália of the 60s and the musica popular brasileira of the 70s in a new guise, while Ana Frango Electrico is regarded as the spearhead of Rio’s indie scene. Florence Adooni, one of Ghana’s leading FraFra gospel singers, combines highlife and jazz in a grandiose way with her band. A special festival creation is the encounter of the Portuguese singer Ana Lua Caiano with her avant-garde electronic pop with the ensemble The Waterbirds. The Akutuk Origins project from Cameroon presents traditional water percussion and songs directly in the water of the Kuhsee.
Panels, artist talks and art projects explore the spaces between art and science, as well as the history, ecology, society and ethnomusicology of the Atlantic region.

PROGRAM 2024

The current program for the Water & Sound Festival 2024 can be found here.

ARTISTS 2024

Here you can find information on projects and artists at the 2024 festival.

CROSSING BORDERS WITH MUSIC

New in the video series “Crossing borders with music”: Maria Mazzotta & the Waterbirds live from the studio during rehearsals for 2023.

PLAYLIST