8 Black-Owned Businesses in Berlin, Chosen By Floyd Lavine
8 Black-Owned Businesses in Berlin, Chosen By Floyd LavineFloyd Lavine
As a self-proclaimed ‘African nomad’, Floyd Lavine was born and raised in South Africa's Cape Town and is currently based in Berlin. Stints in London and his adopted hometown of Berlin have helped him to find his sound, which he's described as Afrofuturistic techno funk. The producer was a founding member of the RISE crew in Berlin between 2015-2018, and now runs his own imprint Afrikan Tales.
The artist has made his Innervisions debut with 'Blackalicious', which features on the label's 'Secret Weapons Part 15' compilation. The track is also Floyd's first link-up with respected Nigerian neo soul artist Wayne Snow, who features on vocals.
The label owner is our go-to, then, for Black-owned businesses in the German capital. Continuing our ongoing series of Black-owned guides, Lavine drops a useful guide to Black-owned restaurants, childcare and more.
In this Guide
“Take a look at the unique, one-of-a-kind-pieces as well as the designs of the ready-to-wear line by this South African-born designer, launched in 2008. One can hardly identify the cultural roots of these fantastic garments or the times that they could have possibly been made in. Bringing together aesthetics of various African countries and traditional Asian craftsmanship, every piece of his brand is handmade by only one person: Dennis Chuene himself.”More Info
“I played at one of the first ever African Food Festivals in Berlin. I really enjoyed it. The festival showcased beautiful cultural parts of Africa by celebrating the African and African diaspora community in Berlin. It’s a must-go festival if you’re in Berlin.”More Info
“If you feel like enjoying West African authentic cuisine, Senegambia is your place. My friend Dede introduced this spot to me and I fell in love.”More Info
“Selekt is an event management company run by my friend Joy Fatoyinbo. It offers crowd control, club selection, hosting and event management. I’ve been to the events and places they host and it’s always a great time.”More Info
“If you’re looking for a Black lawyer in Berlin, especially for intellectual property law, my friend Joy (apart from running Selekt) is also a great lawyer. If you’re a creative and need to talk to someone about protecting your work, you know who to call.”More Info
“Refuge Worldwide is a community radio station that offers more than just radio. It offers community support for Berlin creatives, fights for social justice, raises funds for social issues, hosts workshops and it’s a great hangout spot. I’m glad to be one of the resident DJs.”More Info
“If you feel like having some Ethiopian food in Berlin, my favourite restaurant for that is Langano. This is a family-run business. I enjoy coming to eat here.”More Info
“My best friend has had a baby and I finally realised that a good kindergarten is essential. Sankofa is Black-owned kindergarten. [It] has an Afrodiasporic and bilingual early childhood programme for children between the ages of one and six in the city. It was founded by a group of parents, and childrens’ parents play an active role in the overall management of the place.”More Info