First Wave of Acts Announced

First Wave of Acts Announced

The UK’s largest, free African music festival Africa Oyé returns this summer and can unveil a globally acclaimed line up headed up by reggae / trip hop star Finley Quaye.

Rising to fame in the 90’s, Finley Quaye’s sound made waves across the globe and he topped the UK charts with hIts like ‘Even After All’ and ‘Sunday Shining’.

His debut album Maverick A Strike was an instant success racking up multi platinum record sales. Finley Quaye (whose relatives include Afrobeat purveyor Femi Kuti and trip hop star Tricky) will play a mix of classic and new material when he brings his warm Sunshine sounds to the stage.

It’s an honour to be headlining Africa Oyé in Liverpool; Songwriter City as I often refer to it” said Quaye. “It’s a privilege for us to be gracing the stage in Sefton Park; a park I often talk about and we are also blessed to be part of such a prestigious event and line up.”

The team at Africa Oyé can’t wait until the Scottish-born, Mobo and BRIT award winning legend Finley lands in Sefton Park to headline on Sunday.

Now in its 22nd year, Africa Oyé attracted around 30,000 in 2013 to the two-day, family friendly city event, and the team are over the moon with this year’s line up. Jupiter & Okwess International have a unique story; Jupiter was born into a family of griots from the Mongo region. His grandmother was a renowned healer and she taught him how to play traditional rhythms to heal the sick at a young age. As a teen his family moved to Berlin, where he collaborated with European musicians before returning to the Congo. A documentary about his musical exploration called “The Dance of Jupiter” was released in 2007 and his album Hotel Universe was released last year to critical acclaim. Jupiter also collaborated with Damon Albarn to feature on the album “Kinhasa One Two” in 2011.

Also joining the bill are London based Cuban 9-piece band Wara, playing a mix of latin funk, hip hop and rumba. Bending genres with gusto, band members hail from across the globe; from Argentinia to Spain and this unique mix defines them.

Next up on the bill is HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People who create Afro trance, in a project that gathers musicians from across Africa and the Diaspora. Rooted in Malagasy tradition (the spiritual music of Madagascar) the charismatic groups live show delivers immense energy, and is a must-see education for music lovers!

This year Africa Oyé will be bigger and better than ever! The family friendly, non camping show features workshops, the Oyé Active Zone, DJ tent, world cuisine and the Oyé Traders Market on top of the sterling main stage line up.

Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney says:

There are some stunning artists coming to perform in Liverpool from Africa and all over the diaspora in 2014. We’ve got more fantastic traders and stalls and of course the best festival audience in the UK.”

Arts Council England says:

The Arts Council aims to achieve great art and culture for everyone and Oyé contributes significantly to this, ensuring that talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated. Oyé supports new and innovative work to ensure it can reach more and more people, both nationally and internationally.”


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