Urban Africa - My future in 2020

Music festival - supported by the TURN Fund

Rapperin Awa mit Zhi MC von Symbiz Sound aus Berlin in Makokoba, dem ältesten Township von Bulawayo, Simbabwe © Poppy Spowage

The pop musicians of African metropolitan cities and townships are among the continent’s most celebrated stars. Be it Kwaito, Uptempo, Rap or HipHop, their music touches the masses and is an expression of everyday life in Africa. The artists address contemporary issues such as HIV, teen pregnancy and high crime rates, while their music videos highlight aspects of modern life, consumption and status. By combining local pop trends with global club sounds, they create uniquely original musical styles.


Despite their popularity and influence, these artists are frequently overlooked by festivals in Europe – in contrast to song writers of more traditionally oriented music, artists of the cosmopolitan middle class in Africa or members of the Diaspora, who have enjoyed recognition as the ambassadors of urban African music up until now.

The festival “Urban Africa – My Future in 2020” provided a venue for musicians in local “hot spots” in South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe. In addition to concerts and listening sessions, the festival also hosted dance workshops and panel discussions. The festival concluded with a large-scale performance, jointly developed by African and German artists.

Artistic director: Georg Milz

TURN – Fund For Artistic Cooperation Between Germany and African Countries

In 2012, the Federal Cultural Foundation established the TURN – Fund for Artistic Cooperation between Germany and African Countries in order to encourage a wide range of German institutions to shift their focus on the artistic production and cultural debates in African countries.

More about the TURN Fund (external link, opens in a new window)


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