German group in Sub-Saharan Africa

Supporting act Dudu Manhenga and the Color Blu were set to give their last concert in Zimbabwe before leaving on tour to famous Grahamston music festival in South Africa.

Organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Zimbabwe-German Society / Goethe-Zentrum Harare, the concert is a cultural highlight of this years activities and comes at a time when the whole world turns to Germany for the Soccer World Cup 2006.

TELE was billed to give the opening concert of their tour directly after the opening match of the Soccer World Cup on the 9 June in Johannesburg, combining culture and soccer to one big celebration of this year’s Soccer World Cup theme “A time to make friends”. Performances were set for Maputo, Pretoria, Windhoek, Daressalam, Zanzibar and Antananarivo.

“Probably the most relaxing record from the German underground scene” is how the music journal Intro rated their first record, songs that rely on harmonies and light, swinging elegance. Their song Now Now Now showed for the first time Tele’s qualities for writing nice little (radio) hits. Tele were working on improvements to their draft ideas in the studio for months on end. When the album Wovon sollen wir leben eventually came out in October 2004, the music journal SPEX noted the following: “There are a number of good songs on the album, in fact, so many that we should already be talking about it in terms of a classic.” Tele seem to have succeeded in providing fresh impetus to the spectrum of German-singing bands with their modern definition of pop, ranging from the up-tempo hymn Falschrum, which you can dance to, to the R’n’B track Dilemma. A sense of enthusiasm bubbles over which becomes an event that makes you sweat when you experience it live.

June 2006
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