Past events
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“It is Ata’s song of the century, “German Friends,” it it it seems from today’s perspective like a prophecy: “And the children of these people are divided into two worlds – I am Ata and I ask you, where do we belong now?” In a condensate of words, it describes a state of mind and feeling that still characterizes so much sixty years after the “guest worker recruitment agreement”: Debates, scandals, discourses and the everyday life of many people.”

A prodigy on the bağlama (saz), Ata Canani single-handedly invented Turkish rock’n’roll in the late 1970s, singing in German and reflecting the discrimination and harsh living conditions of Turkish “guest workers” in socially critical songs.

After years of relative obscurity, Ata was catapulted back into the spotlight of the music-loving public in 2013 when his song “Deutsche Freunde” was one of the standout tracks on Trikont’s groundbreaking “Songs of Gastarbeiter” compilation. Ata’s debut album “Warte mein Land, warte” was released in May 2021 on Fun in the Church and received rave reviews – see selected press links below. And the man himself subsequently teamed up for live concerts with Munich’s hottest young combo Karaba. This jazz-kraut formation lets the listener slide into the world of progressive krautrock.

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Practical information

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    Visitors aged 6 and over are recommended to wear an FFP2 or medical face mask in all interior rooms of the Humboldt Forum. Unless otherwise stated, this also applies to guided tours and events. For your own safety and the safety of your children, we recommend that all age groups take a rapid antigen test before visiting the Humboldt Forum.

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