By Martin Schray and Nick Ostrum
August 2, 2019, Berlin
Day 3 of the festival featured a diverse set of acts. It started with a solo concert of the great Matana Roberts. At the moment she’s spending a whole year in Berlin as a scholarship holder of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), after having traveled to India, Africa, Indonesia and Japan in recent years. Berlin seems to be a real new step, she even looks very different because she cut off her long braids, which has changed her appearance enormously. However, her massive tone and her voice are still the same. Roberts considers herself not only a saxophonist and composer, but also a sound and concept artist, and she’s still obsessed with the way the past influences our present. Consequently, she sees her work in all of these areas both as field research and political intervention, the most famous result is her Coin Coin project, whose fourth part she will release in October.
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