2nd Deutsch Tag - German Day in Miami
Enlarge image (© Germany.info) Pixie Paris, an electronic pop duo from Germany rocked the cafeteria of the TERRA Environmental Institute in Miami and the students who had come from different schools in Miami-Dade were dancing and singing to their music.
Last Saturday, October 22nd, the Central Agency for Schools Abroad and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany celebrated the 2nd Deutsch Tag – German Day at the TERRA Environmental Institute, Miami’s new magnet high school.
The day was a big success and the students who had come enjoyed the atmosphere which was influenced by the warm hospitality of the TERRA High School where the students of the German department together with their German teacher Katja Valdes had decorated the cafeteria to welcome the guests for this special day. They encouraged the guests to taste their German food that they had prepared for the day and the “Nutella bread” tasted as good as the oven-warm bretzels. Carrie Montano, TERRA’s principal welcomed the guests in TERRA and wished that the German Day might become part of the school’s future annual agenda.
Pixie Paris was looking forward to playing for their young audience.
“We just do our thing up there,” Matete, the Pixie Paris pianist and drummer said. “It’s music, and it’s introducing the students to something new.”
Matete knows that their sound is similar to the German New Wave song “99 Luftballoons (or “99 Red Balloons”), released in 1983 by singer Gabriele Susanne Kerner (better known as Nena).
“Children recognize very fast if you are real or not,” Matete said. “We just try to be ourselves.”
All of the lyrics are in German and the beat is highly danceable, he said and as the students were familiar with their lyrics they could sing along with the duo, having been well prepared by their teachers and having talked about the lyrics in the classrooms before.
Hennes, the singer and bass player, writes the lyrics, while Matete, one of the most renowned drummers in Europe, concentrates on the music. The two collaborate from a distance. She lives in Hamburg, while Matete calls Zurich home.
Though reluctant to call their style pop, Matete said that it’s evolving and, nevertheless, appeals to young crowds.
Before the students could enjoy Pixie Paris some of the Coral Reef High School students received their German Language Certificate from the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Countess Eva Kendeffy.
They had passed this highly developed German exam in March 2011 and most of them had been very successful and could happily receive these highly renowned awards which are very important for their further German studies.