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Grammy winning Dobet Gnahoré and Angolan icon Bonga head to Africa Oyé

Grammy winning Dobet Gnahoré and Angolan icon Bonga head to Africa Oyé

Africa Oyé – 25th Anniversary Festival
Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017
12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE

Funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council

Africa Oyé have added two of the festival’s finest alumni to their 25th Anniversary line-up ahead of the celebrations in June.

The first of the two newly announced acts returning to Sefton Park this summer is Ivorian singer, dancer, musician and Grammy-winner, Dobet Gnahoré.

Dobet, who first played the Liverpool festival back in 2005, sings in a range of African languages and covers a whole host of styles, including Congolese Rumba, Ivory Coast Ziglibiti, Cameroon Bikoutsi and Ghanian High-Life.

Joining her in this latest reveal is Angolan icon, Bonga, who played Oyé in 2011...

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Africa Oyé announces first acts for 25th Anniversary festival

Africa Oyé announces first acts for 25th Anniversary festival

Africa Oyé 25th Anniversary Festival
Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017
12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE

Funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council

Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park this summer for an extra special occasion; celebrating 25 years of bringing the best talent Africa and the Diaspora have to offer to the UK. To mark the occasion, Oyé have invited an eclectic mix of top artists from over the years to return to Liverpool for an unforgettable weekend of music and culture.

Leading the anniversary celebrations in June will be festival alumni Dizzy Mandjeku & Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars, Jupiter & Okwess International and Mokoomba.


Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars

Led and conducted by guitarist and living legend Dizzy Mandjeku (fo...

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Grammy Award-winning band Tinariwen in Liverpool this March

Grammy Award-winning band Tinariwen in Liverpool this March

Grammy-award winning Tuareg group, Tinariwen will play Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory this March.

The Saharan Blues purveyors will perform music from their new album ‘Elwan’, which has already attracted 5-star reviews from The Independent and Record Collector, as well as songs from their impressive back catalogue stretching back over fifteen years.

Harvest Sun Promotions are pleased to have teamed up with Africa Oyé to bring the Malian group to one of Liverpool’s most exciting new venues and the show will form part of Oyé’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2017. Paul Duhaney, Artistic Director of Oyé, said:

“We were the first festival to bring Tinariwen to the UK way back in 2004 so we’re thrilled to be able to team up with Harvest Sun Promotions on this show and have it featu...

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Africa Oyé announce 25th Anniversary Festival 2017

Photo: Oye 2016 by Mark McNulty

Africa Oyé’s 25th Anniversary Festival

The UK’s largest FREE celebration of African & Caribbean music and culture
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017
Sefton Park, Liverpool

2017 will see Africa Oyé celebrate its 25th anniversary. A whole host of events are set to take place throughout Liverpool over the next 12 months and now the dates for the centerpiece of it all – this year’s Africa Oyé Festival – have been announced.

On 17th & 18th June, a handpicked line-up of acts from Oye’s 25-year history will descend on Liverpool’s Sefton Park for a weekend of incredible music and cultural celebrations.

Africa Oyé 2016 Highlights – Listen To Africa

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Africa Oyé announces North West talent to be showcased at this year’s festival

Africa Oyé announces North West talent to be showcased at this year's festival

Africa Oyé

Africa Oyé has announced the North West talent that will be showcased in the ‘Oyé Introduces’ portion of this year’s Liverpool festival.

Introduced for the first time at last year’s event, ‘Oyé Introduces’ will see local talent kick off both days of the festival, giving some of the area’s brightest artists the chance to share the stage with the ever-eclectic international Oyé line-up.

Mamadou & The Super Libidor Band are fronted by Mamadou Diaw; a singer, composer and master drummer from Senegal, specialising in a style of music that mixes jazz, funk, and Senegalese mbalax. Before first coming to Europe in the 90s, Mamadou toured Africa extensively as kit player extraordinaire with some of West Africa’s most popular musicians of the day...

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Akala heads up next wave of live music acts for Africa Oyé 2016

Akala heads up next wave of live music acts for Africa Oyé 2016

Akala

Africa Oyé, the UK’s biggest free festival of music and culture from Africa and the Diaspora, has revealed the latest wave of acts ahead of the festival next month.

Over the last few years, Akala has emerged from London’s hip hop underground and into the mainstream as one of the leaders of a new British artistic renaissance. Bursting into the scene in 2004, he made history by being the first unsigned artist to have a video appear on MTV UK’s ‘TRL’ show. 2006 saw his first album ‘It’s Not A Rumour’ drop with trance-sampling smash single ‘Shakespeare’ being play-listed and championed on BBCs Radio 1. The album received critical acclaim and earned Akala the ‘Best Hip Hop Artist’ award at the 2006 MOBO awards.

Reflecting the disorder and flux of contemporary lif...

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Sona Jobarteh, Randy Valentine and Damily announced for Africa Oyé 2016

Sona Jobarteh, Randy Valentine and Damily announced for Africa Oyé 2016

Africa Oyé 2016

Africa Oyé, the UK’s biggest free festival of music and culture from Africa and the Diaspora, has revealed three more acts that will grace the Sefton Park stage in Liverpool this summer.

Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries. She has modernised the presentation of Kora music bringing a rhythmic edge to her compositions that fits her remarkable voice.

Sona Jobarteh – GAMBIA (Official Video)

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Versatile singer / songwriter/ producer  Randy Valentine hails from the countryside of Clarendon in Jamaica...

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Africa Oye Reveals First Acts For 2016 Festival In Sefton Park

Africa Oye Reveals First Acts For 2016 Festival In Sefton Park

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Africa Oye, the UK’s biggest free festival of music and culture from Africa and the Diaspora, will grace Sefton Park once again this summer and organisers have unveiled the first 3 acts of a globally acclaimed line-up for the event.

The first reveal includes DR Congo’s genre-bending Mbongwana Star, Ghanian highlife legend Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band and up-and-coming Tanzanian street rumba group, Ifa Band.

Now in its 24th year, Africa Oye attracted record crowds of around 80,000 in 2015 to the two-day, family friendly city event, and the festival team are excited to reveal the first 3 acts for this year’s celebration.

Mbongwana Star are composed of former members of Congolese stars, Staff Benda Bilili...

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Save The Date – Africa Oyé 2016 returns – 18th & 19th June

Save The Date - Africa Oyé 2016 returns - 18th & 19th June

Africa Oyé 2016

The UK’s largest FREE celebration of African music and culture
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016
Sefton Park, Liverpool
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‘This isn’t just the largest festival of African and Caribbean music in Britain, it’s the best’
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“The greatest musical and cultural event of Liverpool’s year, every year”
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After attracting crowds of 80,000 people across the event’s weekend last year, Africa Oye returns to Sefton Park for its 24th festival of African and Caribbean music and culture this June.

The Liverpool institution will once again bring together the finest artists, traders and workshops for a weekend of eclectic festivities on ...

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Africa Oye 2015: All You Need To Know Ahead Of The Weekend

Africa Oye 2015: All You Need To Know Ahead Of The Weekend

Africa Oye 2015

The stage is up, the sun is out and the final preparations for Africa Oye 2015 are underway! This weekend, musicians, dancers, DJs, traders and festival-goers from all around the world will descend upon Sefton Park for two days of celebration.Africa Oye 2015: All You Need To Know Ahead Of The Weekend
If you’re planning to join us this weekend, then below is all the information you should need! And don’t forget, you can download this year’s Festival Brochure for free at tinyurl.com/Oye2015Brochure

Main Stage Acts

On the main stage, Soul supremo Omar will headline the Saturday of the event, preceded by one of East Africa’s most exciting new bands – Sarabi – performing for the first time ever in the UK.

Reggae icon Frankie Paul is set to close proceedings on the Sunday after...

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