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Mfa Kera & Mike Russell's Black Heritage

Mfa kera
Mike Russell
Black Heritage
blackheritage@online.de
tel : 00 49 30 853 91 63
AFRO SOUL, JAZZ & FUNK
„The unforgettable and unique musical journey" with fascinating & charismatic songwriter/ vocalist
Mfa Kera from Madagascar also called “The Voice" & the exceptional guitarist/singer Mike Russell
from Washington DC.
The versatility and extreme richness of their repertoire and the high level of soloistst and
compositions and texts allows the group to fit on both Jazz and World music venues, Events, Galas
and festivals.
BLACK HERITAGE
was formed in Berlin Germany in the early 1990s. The orchestra constantly performs in
the U.S. and Europe and elsewhere and shares its time mostly between Germany and the US. The music
offers an exciting mix of African rooted original compositions, in genres from throughout the
African Diaspora -
Ethnic, Afro Beats to Blues, Reggae, Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Oriental, Soul and Jazz, and Rap to Gospel.
The arrangements, the lyrics and the compositions are solid, highly dynamic, and speak directly to
the soul, inviting one to dance and travel.
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links
Mfa Kera-Black Heritage Orchestra @ CARAVAN TRIBUTE TO NELSON
MANDELA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1uHJzdv2sg
Mfa Kera-Black Heritage Orchestra Short cut live retrospektive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iykeuiJFVOw
releases
CD`s last release „TALKING AFRICA“ -in den Charts-
„A must for any fan of Soul, Funk jazz Afro fusion. The bonus track Moringa Ananambo is the musical theme
of Mfa Kera's project „The Power of the Music to reconcile Mankind with Nature“. A reforestry project started
in Madagascar and going internationally. “
Genre: World-Fusion-Jazz
The new release with Mfa Kera and Mike Russell's BLACK HERITAGE: „Talking Africa“,
performances
of charismatic vocalist, creole from Madagascar. Mfa Kera and superb guitarist vocalist from Washington,
D.C., Mike Russell with special guests like TM Stevens, Themba Maxwell Mntambo and more introduce the
listener to a captivating original journey through grooves, situations, landscapes and sounds.
Rockwerk Records 8248 BE1TWO Distribution
available on
Amazon Germany
Amazon France
Amazon UK
Amazon US
and
cdbaby
In Paris available at
Laterit Productions
„AFRO SOUL“ - Charts
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Kera produced her own radio show for a while and founded the "Universal Gospel Voices" Multi Ethnic Gospel
group, singing the "Good News".
Mfa Kera's involvement with the reforestation of her homeland Madagascar (e.g. cooperating with musician-
activist Ricky Olombelo) and her years long work with well known artists and environmental activists like Ben
Wagin from Germany ("Parliament of Trees", "Water Museum") have encouraged her to mount a project she
called „The Power of the Music and Arts to reconcile Mankind with Nature“ - a musical project for Trees. She
met the international organization Trees for the Future in Washington DC and supports their actions.
She wrote a Rhapsody with German producer/arranger Reinhard Katemann and recorded and performed with
bass virtuoso TM Stevens. She recently performed in Berlin with the renowned percussionist Bill Summers.
Kera composes, writes,
produces, paints and also teaches making workshops worldwide.
MIKE RUSSELL
was born in 1952 in Washington D.C. and began studying classical and Flamenco guitar at an early age. His
professional career started in the 60s with soul and blues bands. Song writing and composing was an early
interest and this creative side resulted in some studio work with Columbia Records as guitarist and composer.
The year 1970 was his first record release as composer and the title "Black Woman" was recorded by
Grammy nominated Gloria Taylor and culminated in a US tour. The year 1972 saw his own Jazz-Rock group
"Water Forest" perform Andy Warhol at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Since moving to Berlin in 1989 he has performed with Eddy Harris, Billy Bang and many others. He formed
the Black Heritage Orchestra with singer MFA KERA. He also has created his own Jazz-Soul-Funk sound.
He performed on German TV, Guinness Festival South Africa, Greece, Poland and America and returned to
Washington D.C. to perform with Mfa Kera & Black Heritage at the world famous Blues Alley Jazz Club and
Smithsonian Center. He was also invited to host special workshops at the George Washington University Jazz
Department.He recently toured in Poland and Ukraine where he counts thousands of fans.
Thanks to his fantastic skills Mike was invited to perform with the "Original Michael Jackson Band Immortal
Tour" for a Christmas show where he played with Greg Phillinganes, Jonathan Moffet and Mike Phillips. He
has his regular show at the Quasimodo Berlin.
REINHARD KATEMANN
was born in Germany in 1953. From 10 onwards he studied classical piano, horn, trombone and the tuba,
eventually being asked to lead the school chorus. Between 1962 and 1972 he was apprenticed as a piano
tuner. Alongside his formal training he was regularly playing in bands. Living in Berlin from 1978, he
developed the twin skills of sound programming and composing, achieving commercial success in selling
sounds for the Yamaha synthesizers such as DX-7 and FB-01. In 1984 he developed new micro-tuning
scales and sold them on cartridges for DX-7. Meanwhile he was perfecting his career as a composer, arranger
and keyboard player.
His interests in African music dates from an early age and it was inevitable that he should
meet up with
MFA KERA when she came to Berlin. Since then they have collaborated as the creative heart of the MFA
KERA Ensemble. Reinhard also worked from the beginning as the arranger of the Black Heritage Orchestra.
Despite all these commitments he has found the time to build a digital studio!
SELECTION OF VENUES
Festival international de Nerac (France)
Montreux Jazz Fest (France)
Festival de Musica e Artes (Switzerland)
Olodum Femadum (Brazil)
Leverkusener Jazztage (Germany)
Dakar Gore Jazz Fest (Senegal)
Guinness Jazz Fest (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Xian Ancient Culture Festival (China)
Breda Jazz Fest (Netherlands)
Papahannock Festival Virginia (USA)
Kennedy Ctr. Washington DC (USA)
Jazz nad Odra Wroclaw (Poland)
Quasimodo Berlin (Germany)
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