The Sounds of the Sahara and Madagascar are Coming to the UK!

The Sounds of the Sahara and Madagascar are Coming to the UK!

With the British summer now seeming like a long time ago, Africa Oyé are here to warm everyone up this coming November with not one, but TWO fantastic acts.

Liverpool will play host to the critically-acclaimed Tamikrest on November 8th at The Kazimier, before one of this year’s Oyé festival stand-outs – HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People – head to the Baltic Triangle’s own District on November 20th as part of theit debut UK tour.

Harvest Sun & The Kazimier present… in association with Oyé Touring & Trading
The brightest new band to come out of the Sahara will visit Liverpool this coming November as the spellbinding TAMIKREST prepare for their performance at The Kazimier.

Saturday 8th November, 2014
Doors: 7:30pm
The Kazimier, Liverpool
£14.50 adv tickets available at SeeTickets
@Tamikrest /

TAMIKREST embody the spirit of a fiercely independent people, with their unique Saharan sounds – “a 21st century rock group who just happen to live in the middle of the desert” says Mojo magazine, about this young band from the north of Mali.


When TAMIKREST stepped onto the scene in 2010 the stakes were raised. They took generators deep into the desert in search of the perfect synthesis of their traditional chants, ritual drumming and loping rhythms with the music of their heroes, Pink Floyd and Bob Marley. The hypnotic dub, a psychedelic blues and an almost supernatural kind of desert-garage mixed with the enchanted ancient mystique of their songs is described by the Quietus as ‘a super sound, with an effortless, yet focused groove’. It captures the ear immediately.

“All credit to TAMIKREST for taking the Tuareg sound in brilliant new directions” says Songlines magazine. “Nowadays, TAMIKREST hold up the torch high and lead the way towards something one might call ‘Tuareg Indie”.

‘Chatma’ is the latest album by Tuareg indie TAMIKREST. It is a fully persuasive sonic document and is filled with sober reflection, moral indignation, musical experimentation, cultural celebration and the kick of rock and roll. ‘Chatma’ translates as “Sisters” and the band have dedicated the album, in their own words, to “the courage of the Tuareg women, who have ensured both their children’s survival and the morals of their fathers and brothers.”


Oyé Touring & Trading proudly presents…
(supported by Arts Council England)
Following their acclaimed performance at the Africa Oyé festival this summer, Oyé Touring & Trading are very excited to announce the return of HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People to Liverpool this November.


HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People
Thursday 20th November, 2014
Doors: 7:30pm
District, Liverpool
Tickets via Dr Herman’s, Bold Street &

The charismatic guitarist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and showman, HAJA, cannot wait to return to the city following his summer appearance at Oyé and is also looking forward to once again visiting schools during the tour to hold educational workshops with students of all ages. Everyone who sees him and his band, The Groovy People, will be joyed by the sounds of his country as well as take away some new-found knowledge of the Malagasy culture.

“Virtuosic guitar playing…intricate and graceful…the crowd was really into the music” – CJLO 1690 AM

“This is Afro-trance rooted in Malagasy tradition…the spiritual music of Madagascar” – The Double Negative

HAJA and his band, who all hail from the African island of Madagascar, will be traveling across England and Wales this November to bring their unique Afro-Trance grooves to brand new audiences.

“Our music reflects our being”, HAJA says. “We love our traditions, but we live in big cities at the same time. Tradition and modernity can live well together. Afro-grooves are endless.”

Paul Duhaney, Artistic Director of Africa Oyé said, “We are delighted to be touring one of the standout acts from lasts year’s festival.”

The full tour listings, including ticket information, can be found below.
Hi-res images and interviews are also available.
For more information, please contact One Fell Swoop:

HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People
November 2014 UK Tour Listings

Sunday 16th
Llangollen Pavilion, Llangollen
In Person: Llangollen Tourist Information Centre

Monday 17th
Exclusive student workshop, Wirral

Tuesday 18th
Exclusive student workshop, Liverpool

Wednesday 19th
Glee Club, Nottingham
t: 0871 472 0400 / w:

Thursday 20th
District, Liverpool
w: (Student discount available)
In Person: Dr Herman’s, Bold Street, L1

Friday 21st
The EMN Hall, Monksilver, Somerset
t: 01984 656727 / w:

Saturday 22nd
Thekla, Bristol
DOUBLE HEADER: w/ Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate
t: 0844 871 881 / w:

Sunday 23rd
The Institute, Birmingham
t: 0844 844 0444 / w:

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