Workshop with Black Cracker and Simonne Jones

Simonne Jones Portrait
© Simonne Jones



October 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sister City Agreement between Los Angeles and Berlin. If you look at their history, architecture and climate, these cities are unlike sisters. But there is a common denominator. Both cities cherish freedom, diversity and tolerance. And, the city of Angels and the German capital are home to the arts and creative industries.

As part of the programming and festivities marking the occasion, the Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with Your Mom's Agency, and KAOS Network, presents workshops with two outstanding Berlin-based artists; Simonne Jones, and Black Cracker at KAOS in Leimert Park.  

Join multi-instrumentalist Simonne Jones for a first approach to song-writing, from your inspired idea, onto the piano, or a Komplete Kontrol keyboard, and onto the mic. Jones will share her technique and some tips to get you started on writing for your first songs. (2 hour workshop)
Black Cracker creates his tracks using elements of hip hop, pop, and future sounds. He will demonstrate how beginners can create their first beats on Maschine, and add some vocals to take these beats from the studio and to the stage as a finished simple track. (90 minute workshop)
Both artists will perform at an open-air concert in the evening at Leimert Park.
is a community media lab and a meeting ground for local rappers, DJs, bands and out-of-town acts. It was founded by Ben Caldwell in 1990, a time when Black culture was thriving in Leimert Park. Project Blowed - an open mike workshop for young hip-hop artists, rappers and graffiti artists - was one of Kaos Network's biggest successes. Artists and groups such as Aceyalone, Ava DuVernay, Abstract Rude, and several others gained global popularity from the Project Blowed showcases. Caldwell keeps on hosting workshops and promoting cultural and artistic activities for the local in the Kaos hub, and organises events such as the Leimert Park Art Walk or open air concerts.
Your Mom’s Agency
works in the fields of music, new tech, fashion, art, and lifestyle. YMA has a solid footing in Berlin with shows such as their yearly live music and art exhibitions including two at Berghain, plus regular industry panels and workshops.
Together with the Goethe-Institut, YMA pulled off two festivals under the title “From Berlin to LA" featuring artists from both sides of the pond.



4343 Leimert Blvd.
CA 90008 Los Angeles

Price: Free admission, no registration needed
+1 323 5253388