NOWs: Transatlantic Sounds

04. - 06. Februar 2021

Transatlantic Sounds

What would you say if I told you that our Black history has been denied?

as part of #Healing (Faju), New Alphabet School, HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Thursday, Feb 4, 7.30–11pm

Sound marathon by Tomás Espinosa, Jorge Gómez, Carina Madsius and Linda-Philomène Tsoungui with Laeïla Adjovi, Margarita Ariza, Corinna Fiora, Mario Henao, Christian Howard Hooker, Ibaaku, Muhammed Lamin Jadama, LoMaasBello, Macú, Daba Makourejah, Daniela Maldonado (Red Comunitaria Trans), Plu con Pla, Johan Mijail, Yos Piña Narvaez, Ariel Palacios, Fundación Cultural Pilón, Abdulah Sow.

Partly in Spanish with translation into English

The African diaspora carries pain but also embraces transformation. Against the backdrop of trauma and violence, diasporic movements turned the Atlantic into a tunnel of cultural exchanges, where different Africas met the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Pacific coast of Abya Yala as Indigenous people call the pre-colonized territory of what today is referred to as the American continent. They have been laying the foundations of a mestizaje that is reflected in dance, ritual practices, popular religiosity, musical instruments, drums, percussion. These manifestations have been undervalued, diluted and racialized by colonial structures of power, generating disconnections between afro-diasporic communities and a part of history – the history of the Black Atlantic.In a digital marathon, an archive of sounds, voices and experiences will be created while the participants exchange ideas, generate discussions and listen to each other. The marathon will bring together musicians, artists and other guests from Senegal, the Caribbean, Colombia and the Senegalese diaspora in Berlin. Through poems, interventions and other means, they will share their experience as members of the diaspora with the participants. This marathon lays the ground for the online transmission on February 6th.

This marathon lays the ground for the Transatlantic Sounds public event on February 6th, audio stream via In a performance ritualbeing streamed into the digital realm, Transatlantic Sounds will be offering improvisations, live sound interventions and jam sessions based on samples from the online marathon of February 4th. Communicated through a communal radio frequency, they will open a portal and connect Tumaco with Dakar and Berlin:

Saturday, Feb 6, 2–4pm

Transatlantic Sounds: “What would you say if I told you that our Black history has been denied?”
Performance ritual by Tomás Espinosa, Jorge Gómez, Carina Madsius and Linda-Philomène Tsoungui with Muhammed Lamin Jadama, Abdulah Sow and Co.

To recognize oneself as afro-diasporic is to be aware that identities are the result of ruptures and fragmentations. This reveals that a part of history has been silenced and disconnected. These wounds are not yet repaired but might be healed through sounds and the act of listening to each other. In an audio performance ritual streamed into the digital realm, the contributors will be offering improvisations, live sound interventions and jam sessions based on samples from the sound marathon of February 4. Communicated through a communal radio frequency they will open a portal and connect Tumaco with Dakar, Berlin and other points of the partially disconnected African diaspora. The act of listening and the cathartic power of music and its vibrations permeate the body to heal the traumas of the past, to connect and vibrate together.

This is a poem for you

Transatlantic Sounds: What would you say, if I tell you that our black history has
been denied?

If I can‘ t trust the books,
incorrectly written
and hegemonic.
So I’m going to ask the stones, the heavens
I’m going to ask… the water, the ocean.
The ocean answers…
Not as much as my head,
who doesn’t want to get into more theory.
But this is something else…
Let’s go back to the ocean.
The ocean is loaded,
The ocean will not know about books,
but it does know about history
and the Atlantic becomes dark.

The history has been groped,
it is lost
the history under scopolamine
telling stories.
Colonized and patriarchal.
The History is not allowed to drag
But…. What do you do when you are banned from drag?
dresses in the bathroom,
History has been taken to study,
colonial color theory.
She learned from Europe and did not understand the rest
fell asleep
did not fall asleep!!
history has been drugged
she only can see in white
ahhh don’t tell me
history has been bleached.

Neither one, nor the other, nor the other!
But yes the mixture of many.
Also the trauma of all.
They tell me that I am not the coca leaf,
that I am not the yam,
that I don’t own the plantation.
I am a Diaspora.
Disconnected !
Vibrate! or don’t you have a voice?
Don’t you feel it?
Speak up!
I can’t find it…
Do you want to talk about Colonialism?
Let’s talk about fragmentations and ruptures.
Of movements.
Of movement in one direction!
Because this one doesn’t come back nor is it expected.
Glorious movement!
Painful. Painful.
Let’s talk about the drum! because I can’t hear it.
African, Caribbean, South American, Pacific, Europe!
Disconnected, fragmented.
Without a visa but with the gold somewhere else.
The forbidden language. The story that has not been properly told.. The bastard daughter. The
distant one.
History disguised a miracle.
and does it hurt?
it didn’t hurt
It hurts.

With Joy,

Carina Madsius, Linda-Philomène Tsoungui, Jorge Gómez and Tomás Espinosa and the rest of the #Healing team