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Albrecht II, Count of Hohenberg-Rotenburg

Albrecht II of Hohenberg-Rotenburg was Count of Hohenberg and Haigerloch and imperial governor of Lower Swabia. He was a member of the house of Zollern-Hohenberg, a branch of the Swabian House of Hohenzollern which split off in the 12th century. Two stanzas in the Codex Manesse are attributed to him under the name of Albrecht von Haigerloch. Albrecht was the son of Count Burchard V of Hohenberg and his wife Mechthild hereditary countess from the family of Counts Palatine of Tübingen. On his father's death in 1253 he inherited the territory around Hohenberg Castle and Rotenburg, his younger brother Burkhard VI. inherited to lands of his mother around the castles of Nagold and Wildberg, founded a separate Hohenberg line. Around 1280 Albrecht founded the town of Rotenburg near the existing castle as new administrative center of his county. A more central authority was necessary because of the constant territorial extensions of Hohenberg towards the Neckar, he was a supporter of his brother-in-law, the king Rudolf I of Habsburg, married to his older sister Gertrud Anna.

He benefited from the rise of the Habsburgs. In 1290 a visit of Albrecht to the court of Wenceslaus II of Bohemia is documented. Rudolf commissioned Albrecht as a bailiff of the newly-formed territory of Niederschwaben to win back lost imperial territory; however Rudolph's plans to revive the Duchy of Swabia and win it over for the Habsburgs failed. After Rudolf's death Albrecht supported his son Albrecht of Austria against the elected king Adolf of Nassau-Weilburg. In 1298, while trying to prevent Otto III, Duke of Bavaria from uniting his army with Adolf's against Albrecht of Austria, Albrecht fell in the battle on the Kreuzwiesen near his castle of Leinstetten. Albrecht is noted as a minstrel. In the Codex Manesse on page 42r is a miniature showing him under the name of Count Albrecht of Haigerloch as a knight in battle; the back of the page contains the only two song verses ascribed to Albrecht. Albrecht was married three times; the name of his first wife is unknown. He had two children from this marriage: Agnes m. 1281 Albrecht, Count of Gorizia and Tyrol Albrecht III, called Rösselmann, Count of Hohenberg m.c.

1284, spouse unknownIn 1282 he married Countess Margareta von Fürstenberg. From this marriage he had three children: Margaretha m. Henry IV, Margrave of Burgau Mechthild m. 1291 Ulrich, Count of Württemberg Rudolf I. Count of Hohenberg, Lord of TribergHis third wife was Countess Ursula von Oettingen. From this marriage two children were born: Albrecht, a monk in Bonndorf 1317 Adelheid m. 1317 Konrad I, Count of Schaunberg

Soweto Kinch

Soweto Kinch is a British jazz alto saxophonist. Born in 1978 in London, England, to a Barbadian father, playwright Don Kinch, British-Jamaican actress Yvette Harris, Soweto Kinch began playing saxophone at the age of nine after learning clarinet at Allfarthing Primary School, Wandsworth, SW London, he moved to Birmingham, where he attended West House Primary School in Edgbaston, beginning a long association with Britain's second city. After meeting Wynton Marsalis four years he discovered and became passionate about jazz, first concentrating on piano and in his teens switching to alto saxophone as his main instrument, he attended Bromsgrove School, from the age of 13, completing his A levels when he was 18. Early musical influences include percussionist Frank Holder. Kinch went on to study Modern History at Oxford University, he benefited from participation in the programmes of Tomorrow's Warriors, the music education and artist development organisation co-founded in 1991 by Janine Irons and Gary Crosby, played with Crosby's Jazz Jamaica All Stars collective.

In 2001 Kinch established the Soweto Kinch Trio with bassist Michael Olatuja and drummer Troy Miller and supported Courtney Pine at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival. In 2006, Kinch released his second album, A Life in the Day of B19: Tales of the Tower Block, the first installment of a two-part concept album documenting the lives of three Birmingham men; the album includes narration by BBC newsreader Moira Stuart. Kinch is a member of the Pop Idol backing band the Big Blue. Kinch has performed for Don't Flop Entertainment, where he has competed in rap battles and faced opponents Dotz, Shuffle T and Charron. In an interview at Abbey Road Studios, Amy Winehouse mentioned that she would like to record a "more purist" jazz album, citing Kinch as a notable jazz musician with whom she would like to work. In 2013, Kinch presented a staged performance of his concept album The Legend of Mike Smith at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in England.

The performance was influenced by Divine Comedy and the seven deadly sins, telling the tale of Mike Smith, a young MC faced with a range of contemporary temptations. Kinch performed the work with Karl Rasheed Abel on Shaney Forbes on drums; the subject allowed Kinch to explore a wide range of emotions in jazz form. He has stated that the trio format "allows more harmonic freedom and space to deliver lyrics"; the music was augmented by dance. In April 2016 Kinch became a presenter of the BBC Radio 3 program Jazz Now. Kinch curated the 2019 Koestler Arts exhibition which showcases artworks created by prisoners and detainees in institutions, is held at the Southbank Centre in London. Conversations with the Unseen A Life in the Day of B19: Tales of the Tower Block War in a Rack The New Emancipation The Legend of Mike Smith Nonagram The Black Peril Soweto Kinch – official site Soweto Kinch discography at Discogs Soweto Kinch BBC profile Soweto Kinch at dune-music.com Soweto Kinch interview by Michael "The Dood" Edwards, "The Emancipation of Soweto Kinch", for UK Vibe, August 2010 Soweto Kinch interview at britishhiphop.co.uk