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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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© Florian Sievers

Florian Sievers, 40, is a trained journalist for economics but he likes as well to write about cultural expressions, from architecture to music. He loves dance and club music, from Reggae/Dancehall to Techno/House/Dubstep, and has started to delve deep into the African roots of these genres. Among other projects Sievers recently has compiled a CD with electronic music from the former Socialist East Germany, contributed to a study about demographic change and economic potentials in selected African countries and published an article about Angolan Kuduro in Germany’s most renowned culture magazine, Spex.

Florian Sievers & TEN CITIES:
Florian Sievers works together with Johannes Hossfeld and Joyce Nyairo to manage TEN CITIES' research part. All three are also responsible for the final editing of all the projects research papers. Apart from that he is one of the authors from Berlin that contribute to the upcoming TEN CITIES publication on club culture.
Sabine Bretz