20 de Fevereiro, 10 anos depois
20 de Fevereiro de 2020.
Voluntariado – Viver de Afectos
21 de Fevereiro de 2020.
November, November I can feel you, I can hear you

In my home country, November is quite a special month. Or rather say in my hometown, which is Cologne. 

At the beginning of November, a special feeling moves the city. On the 11th of November…why would it be special regarding all those other days? 

Suddenly when the clock is turning 11:11 a.m. the city seethes. „Am 11.11. um 11:11h…“ as I would say in German, the „carnival“ season begins. For the older ones that means that the season of carnivalistic sessions begins, but especially for the younger generation, it means celebrating, dressing up, dancing and just enjoying to be alive and having a good time. 

And all those activities are framed by one certain band. This band is called: Querbeat. -The name develops itself out of a linguistic joke, that I will not even try to explain in English… I hope you can just accept the name 🙂 -. 

Querbeat is a band that was founded in 2001 by Erhard Rau. Its main genres are brass pop and carnivalistic music. The „brass pop“ can be explained by the fact that almost every one of the band’s 13 members plays a brass instrument. There are 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, 3 saxophones, 1 tuba… and well the rest of them plays the drums, guitar or sings the lyrics. In 2016 they suddenly got very famous. That was the year in which they released their first album. In English, that album is called: „Fat Q“. 

The second album got released in 2018, right before the carnival season started at the beginning of November. 

Querbeat got popular by playing carnivalistic songs in Cologne and its surroundings but nowadays they have gigs in the whole of Germany. But the band has also changed its music a little bit. From singing particularly in „Kölsch“ they moved to sing in „normal“ German. That not only enlarged the number of listeners who can understand what they are singing but it changed the meaning and somehow even the atmosphere of their songs/lyrics. 

 The text was written in November 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

I am Marli from Cologne, Germany. Just arrived at Madeira after finishing my supervisor activity in a kids camp. Now I am here and find it absolutely stunning!

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