Jlin, Tony Allen and Theo Parrish to celebrate 100 Years of Beat in Berlin

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Contemporary arts centre Haus der Kulturen der Welt is set to host its event 100 Years of Beat from 26-29 April.

With a carefully curated programme of live performances, DJ sets, films and installations, the four-day event will celebrate the beat and delve into the history of drumming: from when the first drum came on the market in 1918 to its musical revolution across the world. It’ll explore the relationship between played and programmed beats on a global scale, including areas such as Brazil, Japan, Ghana, the Congo and India.

Legendary beatmakers, such as the Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, has been enlisted for the event. Other artists announced for the event include footwork producer Jlin – who released her brilliant album Black Origami last year – house and techno artist Theo Parrish, Japanese quartet Goat and award-winning artist Talvin Singh amongst others. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington will open the event with the Marcos Suzano Trio.

Head to the centre’s website for the full programme, and read Crack’s in-depth features with Jlin and Tony Allen.