And how you look is on the expressions of these other people’s faces, on the smile they give you when you play a song for them or when you give them an idea that they can go and do something with. These are gifts, these are things that you’ve been given and you’re not supposed to keep them to yourself, you’re supposed to share.”
Gil Scott-Heron (London, 2010)
tbaJournal has come a long way since a group of (fool)hardy students and one slightly discombobulated itinerant lecturer decided to embark on a wonderful journey. In the last three and a half years we’ve published almost 300 articles and original creative pieces on a huge range of issues. We’ve explored the world, and discovered fresh perspectives through which to view Hamburg every month…
…But in our quest for global domination, we’ve realised that something has been missing. As wonderful as it has been to write about new bands and to provide a platform to incredibly talented writers, it occurred to us that we should be doing more to spread the word and widen our audience. Of such earnest deliberations was ‘TBA Presents’ born. We’ve put together an incredibly talented assortment of local talent, including singer-songwriters, poets and fiction writers, and we’ve invited them all to perform on stage at the ridiculously wonderful Timbuktu in Karolinenviertel.
Picture the scene…jugglers, showgirls, red faced announcers with hair gleaming with brill cream. Lions and elephants cavorting in the background…
…now picture a completely different scene…young, gifted artists, sharing their craft and talent in the intimate surroundings of one of Hamburg’s best live music venues…
The evening will probably turn out to resemble the second scene a little more, but who knows what magic will occur with so much talent appearing on stage.
We’re truly happy to be able to put on this night at Timbuktu, and we’d like to thank Ray and Yesim for making it possible. We can’t wait to see you there, and we very much hope that this is only the first of many such nights.
Where? Timbuktu, Marktstraße 130
When? 7pm, Wednesday, 28 May
Cost? Entrance is free, but don’t be shy to order drinks from the bar!
Marc Liam was listening to the sounds of Zurich while writing this piece