Following the epic 25th anniversary in 2017, Africa Oyé have announced the dates for their annual summer festival in Liverpool this year.
On 16th & 17th June 2018, Sefton Park will once again be taken over by the music and culture of Africa and the diaspora, for two free days of world class live music, DJs and dance on the main stage and surrounding workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village.
Last year was said to be the best festival yet, with soaring temperatures and a chance to revisit a selection of previously featured artists from the last 25 years. 2018 shows promise to follow that up with a showcase of new exciting artists. Oyé’s Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney tells us about this year’s event:
“It was a special experience to be able to welcome back some familiar faces for our anniversary year but 2018 will allow us to do what we do best and that’s showcase the best undiscovered gems from across the continent and beyond. The applications have been flooding in from some incredible artists and the programme is going to be packed with international talent”.
FIRST TWO ACTS ANNOUNCED:
Binhanquinhe Quimor, better known as Binhan, stormed the scene going from local talent shows at 14 to world tours with the biggest band in the country Super Mama Djambo group, as well as being voted the best modern act in Guinée Bissau.
Best known for his conscious melodies of protest and peace in Crioulo and other local dialects, he began his rise to stardom after a somewhat itinerant youth spent travelling the West African country with his uncle and honing his musical talents from an early age in church.
A pioneer of female Kora players, Sona comes from a long line of masters of the 21-stringed African harp belonging to the Manding people of West Africa. Born into one of the five principal Griot families who practise the historical art of interpretive story-telling, the spell-binding combination of intricate skills, elegance and melodic tones give her a stage presence which the reason behind her being a headliner to major world festival.
The 2018 Africa Oyé festival will take place on 16th and 17th June, 2018 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm til 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE.
Words by Joy Dove