Africa Oyé Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Liverpool, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Africa Oyé Ltd.
7th Floor Gostin Building
32-36 Hanover Street
L1 4LN
England UK

Festival Description

Africa Oye is a celebration of African music, beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength-to-strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. Now in its nineteenth year, Africa Oye continues to grow.

With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oye seeks to redress the balance and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world. The festival is also a truly international event that harnesses the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance. It has played host to artists from nations right across Africa and also programmes music from South America and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca and Reggae always a popular addition to the festivities. But Africa Oye is about more than music. Over 70 trading stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and clothes from Africa and beyond. There will be children's entertainment and free learning participation workshops.

Festival Dates June 22 - 23, 2013
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Artist feature 2013:
  • Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
    • Formed in 2007, Mokoomba is made up of six Zimbabwean dudes, hailing from Victoria Falls. The locals are part of a minority group, which speaks Tonga, different to the nation’s main languages. Yet their music has brought together so many disparate nationalities, in the players and in the songs, that the 2012 LP, Rising Tide, is a very African album.
      Mokoomba create a distinct hybrid of modern and traditional sounds, embracing Latin rhythms along the way. Lead singer Mathias Muzaza was born to Angolan and Zambian parents and gathered together the songs and sounds of southern Africa through his travels. Guitarist Trustworth Samende helps flesh out the music with lines reminiscent of Oliver Mtukudzi. Abundance Matori is on bass, Donald Moyo is on keys, Ndaba Coster Moyo is on drums and Miti Mugande on percussion. All of the players sing backing vocals. It was in 2008 when the group was launched to fame on the back of a stellar performance at the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival in Malawi. Mokoomba recorded a debut album Kweseka, and undertook a European tour in 2009, to strong notices, necessitating a return in the following year. The celebrated Manou Gallo (The Ivory Coast) produced the album Rising Tide, which made many Best Of 2012 lists. She also played keyboards and brought in more than a dozen guest musos. The challenge for the members of Mokoomba now is to maintain their energy and a true band sound, without being too influenced by outsiders.
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Lineup 2013:
  • Saturday, June 22 (12:30pm start)
    • 13.15 - 14.25 - Zong Zing All Stars (DR Congo)
    • 14:30 - Movema World Dance Performance (15mins)
    • 14:55 - 16:05 - JAY (Cape Verde)
    • 16:35 - 17:45 - Black Prophet (Ghana)
    • 18:15 - 19:35 - Son Yambu (Cuba)
    • 20:05 - 21:25 - Osibisa (Ghana)
  • Sunday, June 23 (12:30pm start)
    • 13.15 - 14.25 - JAY (Cape Verde)
    • 14:30 - Beatlife Drum Troupe (15mins)
    • 14:55 - 16:05 - Yaaba Funk (Ghana/UK)
    • 16:35 - 17:45 - Atongo Zimba (Ghana)
    • 18:15 - 19:35 - Dele Sosimi (Nigeria/UK)
    • 20:05 - 21:25 - Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)


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  • Sefton Park
  • 12:30pm to 9:30pm both days
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