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Musician Spotlight

Dota Kehr

Dota Kehr


Dota Kehr is a singer-songwriter from Berlin. She began playing music at a young age, busking in public markets. After she discovered a cassette tape of Elis Regina and Tom Jobim that was left by her Brazilian babysitter, an adoration of bossa nova music began which still influences her music today. Dota has gone on to produce nearly twenty albums, all self-published under her own record label Kleingeldprinzessin (“Pocket-Change Princess Records”). Her recording career was been broken up between living in Germany, Brazil and Ecuador. She has performed all over Europe, New Zealand and other parts of the world and has amassed a large following in the German-speaking music world and beyond.

On "Zeitgemäße Ansprache" (Current Address), a poem written by exiled German Jewish poet, Mascha Kaléko, Kehr duets with German singer Sarah Lesch. They ask powerful questions about how people manage to continue enjoying life while there is so much suffering in the world. "How is it that we still laugh / That we still rejoice with bread and wine / That we don't stay awake through the night / Pursued by a thousand cries for help?"


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