Bantu's Born Throway team
Nigeria-German born musician, Ade Bantu and his brother, Abiodun, alongside their Afrobeat/Afropop band, Bantu, performed at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Cologne Manifesto ‘Get off your ass! Speak up!’ on November 9, 2012.
The open air concert which held at the banks of the River Rhein in Cologne, Germany attracted over 70,000 supporters and millions of TV viewers around the world.
The Project Fame judge told E-Xtra that it was an incredible experience performing in front of that number of people.
Bantu performed alongside German rock band, BAP; Turkish Ska Punk band, Athena; and Cologne folk pop band, Hohner, amongst many others.
The “Get Off You Ass! Speak Up!” movement started on November 9, 1992, when musicians and artists from Cologne, Germany, reacted to the horrific news of racist attacks and murders all over Germany with a spontaneous open air concert at Choldwigplatz. Over 100,000 people joined the protest then.
Racism has resurfaced as a major topic in Europe especially in football circles where the likes of Mikel
Obi, Anton Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and many other players have been subjected to one form of abuse or the other in the English Premier League.