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Brothers Keepers

Brothers Keepers

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Brothers Keepers is a German-based transnational anti-racism project, bringing together hip-hop, reggae and soul musicians, headed primarily by Afro-Germans.

The idea for the project took root in the late 1990s, and when a German of Mozambiquan origin, named Alberto Adriano, was brutally killed by neo-Nazis in Dessau (East Germany) in 2000, a group of musicians decided to organize and fight back. Brothers Keepers has local groups active in information campaigns, presenting teach-ins at schools etc. However the project primarily gained prominence in Germany through the collaborative album, Lightkultur. The title is a pun on conservative politician Günther Beckstein’s term "deutsche Leitkultur" ("German leading culture"), demanding that foreigners subject themselves to the supposed standards of German culture. The album features German musicians such as Torch, Samy Deluxe, Afrob, Denyo from the Beginner and D-Flame. The proceeds of this album went to charity.

The project is not limited to Germany. It focuses on manifestations of the African diaspora throughout the world and is supported by international artists such as Jamaican reggae musician Ziggy Marley and Senegalese mbalax musician Youssou N'Dour. There is also a UK Brothers Keepers, which, while lacking the organizational superstructure of its German counterpart, contributed a track to Lightkultur.

There is also a female version of this Movement/Band called the Sisters Keepers.

Sites:thomas-huertgen.de , MySpace
Members:Ade Odukoya, Ahmed Sékou Neblett, Akanni Humphrey, Blaise Aundu Munguba, Chima Onyele, Christian Kindt, Daniel Kretschmer, Denis Ndong, Frank Dellé, Frederik Hahn, Hashim Elobied, Herbert Schwamborn, Jah Meek, Joachim Deutschland, Malik Diop, Mariama Jalloh, Nitro (18), Onosizo Ngcala, Patrice Bart-Williams, René Swain
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