Stories & Interviews

There are plenty of people around the world with the courage to try something new and turn ideas for a better future into reality. Here you’ll hear from our project cooperation partners, network members, and participants in addition to experts in fields that motivate us and make a difference in society.

Background story | Arts & Culture | 20. December 2022
The transcendent power of music: A social and economic leveler
In her blog post, Dr. Nina Smidt sheds light on the role Africa's largest music network can play in the continent's social and economic development.
Background story | Arts & Culture | 19. December 2022
Diversity sounds good
In 2022, the Gender@Work workshop series prepared young women from all over Africa for a career in the music industry for the third time.
Background story | Arts & Culture | 15. May 2020
“Journal Rappé:” Social criticism wrapped in hip-hop
Post-colonialism, environmental topics, and development in Africa – just some of the issues addressed in ten episodes of “Journal Rappé,” which were presented at Munich Biennale 2020.
Interview | Arts & Culture | 9. January 2020
How Music In Africa is changing the music landscape
After launching in 2013, the Music In Africa Foundation and its online portal have become permanent parts of African music. An interview with Aisha Deme (Senegal) and Serge Maboma (Cameroon).
Interview | Arts & Culture | 2. April 2019
A guide to Africa’s music
Music In Africa went online in 2013. Today, the African music platform reaches millions of people every year. An interview with Eddington Hatitye, the director of the nonprofit initiative.
Interview | Arts & Culture | 19. October 2017
The art of stepping back
“Local leaders keeping the beat” – Nathalie von Siemens explains how Siemens Stiftung created and supported the music information platform Music In Africa, and what is in store for the future.
Interview | Arts & Culture | 19. June 2017
Art changes through experience
Art changes through experience – an interview with Joachim Gerstmeier on the innovative strength that comes from artistic collaboration.
Interview | Arts & Culture | 28. October 2015
Performing a reimagined society
Director Akira Takayama, who led the “Traslaciones” lab, worked with participants on a project in a public space. Two reports.