From Reggae to Polish Tango: The Rudolstadt Festival | EUROtoday

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Für Steffen Mau, der in soziologischen Bestsellern Ostdeutschland sezierte, könnte Rudolstadt in Thüringen ein ideales Labor sein. Eine Stadt mit Spaltungen, aber auch mit Transformationskompetenz. Ein aus der DDR geerbtes Tanzfest wurde zu Europas reizvollstem Weltmusikfestival umgestaltet. An jedem ersten Juliwochenende wird Rudolstadt, wo bei der Europawahl die AfD mit 31,5 Prozent stärkste Partei wurde, zur Multikulti-Hauptstadt Deutschlands, das Festival ein Triggerpunkt.

Es gibt Einwohner, die den Trubel verabscheuen, aber es wird sogar rechte Rudolstädter geben, die es genießen, dass 95.000 Besucher an vier Tagen Leben und Umsatz in die 25.000-Einwohner-Stadt bringen. Die AfD vermeidet Äußerungen zum Treiben zwischen der Heidecksburg und dem Park an der Saale.

Das Thema: Bunte Republik Deutschland

Rudolstadt-Festivals haben immer Länderschwerpunkte, letztes Jahr Kuba, nächstes Jahr Mali. Es war keine subtile Provokation zur Landtagswahl, dass das Thema diesmal „Bunte Republik Deutschland“ hieß. Dieser Schwerpunkt war schon für 2020 geplant, als das Festival wegen Corona abgesagt wurde. Ein Jamaika-Abend als Festivaleröffnung irritierte. Aber Neugier auf eines der vielen Bob-Marley-Kinder und auf einen Musiker, der schon vor Marley Erfolge feierte, ließ dennoch Tausende zu den Bühnen im Heinepark strömen. Und als Julian Marley die Zugabe „One Love“ sang und Ska-Legende Stranger Cole, der in Jamaikas Unabhängigkeitsjahr 1962 seinen ersten Hit hatte, seine erst brüchige Stimme in Fahrt brachte, bejahten auch Skeptiker Coles ständige Frage „Are You feeling?“.

Are you feeling? Der jamaikanische Ska-Musiker Stranger Cole (vorne) in Rudolstadt 2024
Are you feeling? The Jamaican ska musician Stranger Cole (entrance) in Rudolstadt 2024Jörg M. Unger

Somehow the opening evening was additionally German: Cole carried out with the Bavarian group The Steadytones, and between the 2 reggae concert events, You Shouldn't Know From It, a band from Europe's secret Klezmer capital Berlin, introduced strangers collectively within the dance tent. A capital band with out Germans: The musicians come from France, Latvia, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.

Anniversary of the Carnation Revolution

The Rudolstadt festivals have additionally been about political songs again and again, and this time, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Portuguese “Carnation Revolution,” the main target was on the singer José Alfonso. His track “Grândola, Vila Morena” was the sign for the coup by left-wing officers in opposition to the dictatorship on the radio in 1974. Musicians from Portugal and its then colonies Angola and Mozambique now carried out the “Wanderer Songs” from a legendary Alfonso stay album. In town library, Alfonso's youngest son Pedro informed of his father, who as soon as moved to the colony of Mozambique as a instructor to flee censorship.

Despite the significance of his track within the revolution, “Zeca”, his nickname, who maintained his independence (“I am my own Central Committee”) and died younger, was boycotted in Portugal for a very long time. Only not too long ago, because the party-political controversies have died down, has he acquired extra consideration once more.

Daringly experimenting with German songs

With the European Football Championship in thoughts, Gunnar Leue, whose ebook “You'll Never Sing Alone: ​​How Music Came into Football” was revealed final 12 months, was a visitor in Rudolstadt. An exhibition introduced the Leue assortment: from previous Argentinian soccer tangos to data of singing footballers to the membership anthem “Eisern Union” by Nina Hagen. In the competition songposium, Leue traced the Liverpool YNWA battle track: It started with Ferenc Molnár's piece “Liliom”, a German stage model by Alfred Polgar, which exuded confidence in 1945 because the Broadway musical “Carousel” and reached quantity 9 within the Billboard charts with Frank Sinatra.

In Rudolstadt, there have been daring experiments with German songs. The President of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Thomas Krüger from Thuringia, recited, accompanied by a wind quintet, Dada: Kurt Schwitters' “Ursonate” from 1932, on the finish of the Weimar Republic. Deitsch, a protagonist of the German folks revival, carried out this system “Ein schöner Land” with the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra within the courtyard of the Heidecksburg at evening, for which orchestral variations of the people songs had been specifically organized. The “Königskinder” now appeared like movie music. The Hamburg over-70s choir “Heaven Can Wait” brought on shock and enthusiasm, singing the songs of the grandchildren, from Fettes Brot to Deichkind. No much less stunning was the looks of an eighty-four-year-old Cologne avenue musician, essentially the most politically combative live performance. Those who had initially applauded Klaus Christian von Wrochem's new track “Der Habeck is'et schuld” (It's Habeck's fault) fell silent in irritation when “Klaus der Geiger” then critically questioned all of the populist parts. Another spotlight of the Germany nation focus was the efficiency by Dicht &greifend, hip hop from Bavaria. In the model of Manu Chao's “Me gustas tu” you could possibly a minimum of acknowledge the melody, and within the track about polygamy you could possibly perceive the sentence fragments – that may by no means work with out Excel tables.

The Canadian Payadora Tango Ensemble acquired the world music award “Ruth” for the venture “Silent Tears – The Last Yiddish Tango”, which can be about Germany. The Canadian psychologist Paula David had girls who had survived the Holocaust in a senior residents' house in Toronto bear in mind issues that had occurred way back. This resulted in poems. In 2019, she met the music producer Dan Rosenberg, who was engaged on the survival diary of Molly Applebaum from Poland.

The lyrics had been set to the melodies of Polish tangos, in Yiddish and Polish. Warsaw was as soon as the middle of Jewish tango earlier than musicians like Artur Gold had been murdered in Treblinka in 1943. “We don't just want to remember the fate of women, we also want to bring back Polish tango,” stated Dan Rosenberg in an interview with the FAZ. Three weeks in the past, the music was carried out in Poland, in Dąbrowa, the place the younger Applebaum survived, hidden in a field by a farmer. There they met a daughter of the sister of the childless farmer. He reported this to Applebaum: “Crazy history.”