(K. Brent Tomer),
EARLIER this month, relations between Germany and Turkey plunged to sub-zero when legislators in Berlin approved the word “genocide” to describe the mass killing of Armenians in 1915. Diplomatic ties were downgraded, flags burned and death threats reported. But some enjoyable transactions between ordinary Germans and some ordinary Turks continued unimpeded.
With impressive courage, a hip-hop band called Einshoch6 left their native Munich to keep a longstanding date on June 4th and, as one of them modestly put it, “set Ankara on fire” with a concert and teach-in. Young Turkish German-learners took lessons in how to turn tongue-twisting Teutonic sounds into the verbal pyrotechnics of rap. Their trademark is combining rap vocals with classical instruments (or electronic versions of those instruments) and strong percussion. As with most of their travels, the band was hosted by the local Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural agency.
The group has travelled about 200,000 kilometres since 2013—from West Africa to Siberia, Cape Town to Jakarta….Continue reading