Ten Cities tells the story of club music and club cultures in ten urban centres across Africa and Europe from 1960 to March 2020. It looks beyond the North Atlantic locations that are usually assumed to be the main focus of attention and sets out to put together a more inclusive narrative. Bringing clubs to the fore as nocturnal laboratories for different ways of life, the book portrays the cities’ music subcultures in twenty-one essays, playlists, and photo sequences – before COVID-19 impacted creative communities worldwide. It is a retrospective testimony to their living spirit, a rhythmanalysis mediated by sound and night.
With essay by: Rui Miguel Abreu, Vitalii Bard Bardetski, Vítor Belanciano, Tony Benjamin, Danilo Capasso, Vincenzo Cavallo, Iain Chambers, Kateryna Dysa, Johannes Ebert, Maha ElNabawi, Michelle Henning, Rangoato Hlasane, Johannes Hossfeld Etyang, Rehan Hyder, Mukami Kuria, Ângela Mingas, Ali Abdel Mohsen, Marissa J. Moorman, Joyce Nyairo, Sean O’Toole, Sellanga Ochieng’ Blinky Bill, Bill Odidi, Tobias Rapp, Florian Sievers, Peter Wafula Wekesa, Mallam Mudi Yahaya. Edited by Johannes Hossfeld Etyang, Joyce Nyairo, Florian Sievers.
With photographs by Anita Baumann, Beezer, Royce Bett, Tilman Brembs, Giovanni Calemma, Martin Eberle, Mosa'ab Elshamy, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Max Fonseca, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Andreas Langfeld, Lucio Luongo, Musa N. Nxumalo, Eva Maria Ocherbauer, Chris Saunders, Jürgen Schadeberg, Gavin Watson, Tobias Zielony, a.o.
A project by Goethe-Institut, published by Spector Books, November 1st, 2020.