In Igbo, the word Ámà denotes a site of knowledge and collectivity – a communal vibe. But bringing this archetype to Europe requires an awareness of clichéd visions of Africa, and an excavation of the sonic and haptic as vital challenges to Western modes of seeing the world. Writer and political economist Eric Otieno Sumba follows the wave. Image: Emeka Ogboh, Ámà: The Gathering Place, 2021, installation view, Gropius Bau, Berlin by Luca Girardini