Everyone sings their own way: Black Musicians in Austria
Wurlitzer: Reading and Hearing Black Austrian Histories
Which Path Leads to History
My Austrian Heart
With its official opening scheduled as part of the Wiener Festwochen, the Austrian Museum for Black Entertainment and Black Music (ÖMSUBM) is set to become the foremost museum for Black culture and popular music in the German-speaking world. It comprises an extensive archive of vinyl records, magazines, autographs and memorabilia, exhibited in a vibrant venue for the mediation and discussion of Black art and history. Curated by Joana Tischkau, Anta Helena Recke, Elisabeth Hampe, Frieder Blume and Dalia Ahmed, the Museum gathers stories of Black artists and entertainers who rose to prominence in what has been a predominantly white German-language entertainment industry. It illustrates the conditions under which the careers of, among others, Tic Tac Toe, Arabella Kiesbauer, The Rounder Girls, Mola Adebisi and Roberto Blanco progressed in the period from the 1940s to the early noughties, i.e. the turning point between the dwindling importance of scheduled television content and the dawn of the YouTube era. Performances, lectures, panel discussions and concerts by Black artists, activists and media professionals currently living in Austria establish a dialogue with the Museum’s collection, making it a place of exchange with the past nonetheless orientated towards the future.
14 May, 6pm - 1am Ceremonial opening of the Austrian Museum for Black Entertainment and Black MusicWith After Party (till 1 am)
Honorary patron: Dr.in Mireille Ngosso, Member of the Vienna Parliament and City Council
Vienna is getting a new museum! The Austrian Museum for Black Entertainment and Black Music is hosting a ceremonial opening with an extensive programme. An evening with addresses from Dr.in Mireille Ngosso and Vanessa Spanbauer, a programme of musical accompaniment by and with Jon Sass as well as the first opportunity to visit the exhibitions. The celebrations will be rounded off with an after-party with the rapper T-Ser, DJs Tonica Hunter and Tmnit Ghide and special guest Grace Marta Latigo aka OGG aka OriginalGangsterGrace.
6pm Opening speeches
Dr.in Mireille Ngosso
A programme of musical accompaniment
by Jon Sass (Concept and director) and Roland Guggenbichler (Conductor)
with Carole Alston, Kim Cooper, Previn Moore and Nelson Williams
9pm Performance: T-Ser
from 10pm DJs
Tonica Hunter (Sounds of Blackness)
Tmnit Ghide (Alvozay, DiaspoRa.dio)
& Special Guest Grace Marta Latigo aka OGG aka OriginalGangsterGrace
Following the Opening at ÖMSUBM alle guests are invited to the After Show Event Majira by Sounds of Blackness at Volksgarten Pavillon. (Entry 8 Euro)
21 May, from 6pm Everyone sings their own way: Black Musicians in AustriaFilm evening with round of discussions in the Blickle Kino
In the year 2000 the Rounder Girls represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Context with their song All to You! But who exactly are these three soul, jazz and pop singers? Sabine Derflinger’s 1998 documentary The Rounder Girls accompanies the three musicians, Kim Cooper, Lynne Kieran and Tini Kainrath as well as band founder and keyboardist Gerri Schuller. A film about daily life in the group before the big breakthrough. Following The Rounder Girls will be a preview of the upcoming documentary film Austro-Schwarz by the Viennese musician Mwita Mataro. Austro-Schwarz is intended to portray the contemporary Austrian music scene and the Black protagonists in it. In order to speak about this country’s music creation from the past, and the present (and the future too), musicians will then come together in a panel discussion to share their experiences and observations.
Panel discussion with Kim Cooper, Mwita Mataro and Fred Owusu
28 May, from 6pm Wurlitzer: Reading and Hearing Black Austrian HistoriesA literary and musical request concert with optional dancefloor
The music programme Wurlitzer, named after the German-American jukebox manufacturer Joseph Wurlitzer, was broadcast on ORF between 1987 and 1995. Announced at first as the red-white-red request programme, viewers could have their musical wishes fulfilled by telephone call or fax and send their greetings to the Austrian television audience. The Austrian Museum for Black Entertainment and Black Music picks up this super-Austrian tradition once more to create its own Black request concert. Contemporary Austrian musicians and media figures are invited to read aloud and play their favourite stories and songs from the archives of the ÖMSUBM. Following the reading and listening session, guests and viewers are also invited to play the Black treasures that they have with them on various media (vinyl, cassettes, CDs).
4 June, from 6pm Which Path Leads to HistoryÖMSUBM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, which is compiled by volunteer authors, is not nearly so egalitarian as it first appears. Along with the unbalanced representation of women, lesbians, intersex, non-binary, trans* and agender people*, the platform also lacks articles on Black historical and contemporary figures of public interest. This imbalance needs editing! Dalia Ahmed and Tonica Hunter are hosting an Edit-a-thon in the Austrian Museum for Black Entertainment and Black Music to bring Black protagonists of Austrian (entertainment) history into view on Wikipedia. Racist formulations in existing articles will be reported and the biographies of musicians, artists and writers reclaimed for the online encyclopaedia!
Alongside the event there will be a three-day lab for going deeper into these themes and preparatory research. Further details and registration here.
Conceived with Tonica Hunter.
11 June, from 6pm My Austrian HeartAn evening for Arabella Kiesbauer
For ten years of their lives, millions of people regularly tuned in as Arabella Kiesbauer drew big emotions from the guests of her talk show, broke taboos and, above all, spread a good mood. She was the talk show queen of German-language television. As such, she has been a formative influence right up to the present day, as she continues to moderate formats like Starmania with great success as well as engaging actively in political issues. In conversation with the ORF journalist Claudia Unterweger, on an evening in the ÖMSUBM dedicated to her, Kiesbauer looks back on her career – from her beginnings as a presenter on the ORF youth programme X-Large until today. Those who were arabellafied in their younger years as television consumers will also have chance to speak and pay tribute to Kiesbauer’s influence on their own life paths and careers. She shaped the German-speaking entertainment industry like barely any other. This evening is an homage to her, and evening with and for Arabella Kiesbauer.