Jazz In The GDR
Ernst Busch - The founder of AMIGA
By Jazzy Berlin
A singer with business skills
* Born in Kiel, Germany, died in Berlin (1900-1980).
*He was a singer of political cabaret songs and an actor.
The opera house
* At 1928 he took a part in the Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny as an opera singer.
From the war zone to East Berlin
*Around 1933 when the Nazi Party began to eliminate all political opposition and consolidate their power, he left to the soviet union.
*1937 Ernst joined the International Brigades. Spain fell in to Francos hands, then Ernst emigrated to Belgium as an interned, it was during the Nazi occupation. Later he imprisoned in Gurs, France and Berlin.
*at 1945 he was freed by the Red Army and settled in East Berlin.
A music monopoly license
* 1947 he got a license from the Soviet Military Administration for a recored label in east of germany called Amiga who had also the sub label called AMIGA Jazz.
*his stirring recordings of workers songs was his most remembered songs from his performance in the title role of Brecht's Life of Galileo.
* Ernst Busch was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize. Today, the most popular school of stage acting and directing named after the actor, Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst „Ernst Busch“, HFS) in Berlin.
Ernst Bush is alive (on Youtube)
*Today you can find Many of Busch's original recordings from the 1930s online and on CD.
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