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MUSIC PROGRAMME 33. AFRICA FESTIVAL

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Note for ticket purchase:

  • Open Stage - TIME ZONE 1 (11 a. m. to 5 p. m.)
  • Main Tent - TIME ZONE 2 (6 p.m. to 12 a. m.)

 

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 ◊ THURSDAY, 26. May 2022 ◊

Showtime: 8.00 p.m.

AWA LY

SENEGALESE JAZZ, SOUL AND FOLK ROOTS

Born in Paris, the daughter of Senegalese parents, she has long since found her new home in Italy. Musically, however, she has always remained true to her West African roots. At a meeting in Dakar in 2016, she wrote and sang "Here" with Faada Freddy from Daara J Family - a poignant song about the fate of the boat refugees in the Mediterranean. Otherwise, she is a versatile and exceptional artist who has also acted in various films such as "Black And White" (2008). Her first solo album "Five And A Feather" was released in 2017. This time, she will also present songs from her new, current work. An exciting musical journey awaits us, in which the borders of African folk roots merge with modern jazz, soul and Afro pop.

Angelique

Showtime: 10:00 p.m.

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

A TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN OF SALSA CELIA CRUZ

The triple Grammy winner and award-winning artist from Benin has repeatedly returned to her early musical influences in recent years. Sometimes with a concert homage to the great ´Mama Africa´ Miriam Makeba, sometimes with her interpretation of the Talking Heads album "Remain In Light". Now she remembers her first listening experiences in the 60s in Benin and her later encounters with the unforgettable "Queen of Salsa", the Cuban "Azúcar" Celia Cruz. Angélique enthusiastically discovered the traces of her own West African music culture in her songs. This was reason enough for her to revive her songs with Afrobeat, Juju Style and Yoruba Music and to pay tribute to the singer who died in 2003.

 

© Joshua Jordan

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◊ FRIDAY, 27. May 2022 ◊

 

Showtime: 1.00 p. m.

MAMADOU DIABATÉ

BALFON AND PERCUSSION FIRE FROM BURKINA FASO

The talented musician and balafon player Mamadou Diabaté is considered one of the world's best virtuosos of this instrument beyond the borders of his West African homecountry. In his songs he tells of the millennium-old culture of his Sambla tribe near Bobo-Dioulasso. He has received several awards, including the "Grand Prix Festival des Triangle du Balafon" in Mali, and with his talented accompanying band and his new album "Nakan" (2019), he will once again be lighting up a real percussion firework.

Siti & The Band

 

 

Showtime: 3.00 p. m.

SITI & THE BAND

TAARAB & AFRICAN FUSION FROM ZANZIBAR

Siti Amina Omar (lead vocals & oud), Rahma Ameir (violin) and Gora Moh'd Gora, who plays the Qanun, a trapezoidal box zither, form the core of this new and powerful band from Spice Island. By studying together at the Dhow Countries Music Academy of Zanzibar, they found each other and decided to mix the traditional Taarab music of their island with the modern rhythms and sounds of jazz, funk and reggae. Already on their debut album "Fusing The Roots" (2018) they have succeeded in doing this very well!

© Siti & The Band

Showtime: 8.00 p.m.

GUINÉE MUSIC ALL STARS

WESTAFRICAN TRADITIONAL ROOTS AND URBAN SOUNDS

 

Moh Kouyaté, probably the most well-known singer, guitar player and songwriter from the small West African country Guinea at the moment, finally found the time - after his last outstanding solo album „Fe Toki“ - to realise a heartfelt project. In his city of birth Conakry, as well as in his adopted home Paris he combined many old and new companions in the studio and founded the `Guinée Music All Stars`. Part of it, amongst others,  Sékouba Bambino (Africando / Bembeya Jazz International), as well as singer and dancer Adame Kouyate. With this large ensemble he connects the traditional Mandinka music of his country with new urban sounds from Conakry and black Paris. His musical journey will lead us from Afro-Punk across Afro-Blues to the fine and tender sounds of the Kora, played by his brother Abdoulaye Kouyaté.

Showtime: 10:00 p.m.

LIRA

THE GREAT VOICE OF SOUTH AFRICA SOUL

Lerato Molapo, better known to all as Lira, is now considered the largest soul voice in her native South Africa. Born in 1979 in Daveyton, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, she has already won the South African Music Award more than eleven times. "My style is a mixture of soul, jazz, funk and of course my South African roots!” Influenced by singers like Aretha Franklin or Nina Simone, she names Miriam Makeba as her greatest role model. At the age of 18, she recorded her first demos in a small local studio before she was discovered in 2000 and finally made her breakthrough with the album "Feel Good" (2006). Meanwhile, the singer, who is also socially very committed, tours worldwide and casts, or even discovers new, hopeful talents in the jury of the South African version of "The Voice".

© Lira

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 ◊ SATURDAY, 28. May 2022 ◊

 Showtime: 3.00 p. m.

AMIRA KHEIR

SOUL, JAZZ, ROCK AND DESERT BLUES FROM SUDAN

 

Ever since her debut album "View From Somewhere" (2011), the singer, who lives in England, has allowed her Sudanese home culture to live on in her sparingly but intensely arranged songs. Love, belonging and spirituality are her themes, which she currently envelops like no other from the former Nubia, sometimes in electronic, sometimes in acoustic form. It's not surprising that her latest work "Mystic Dance" (2018) has now been nominated by the renowned British World Music Magazine 'Songlines' in the category 'Best Album 2019'. The 'BBC Word News' also honored her with the title "The Diva of the Sudanese Desert".

 © Amira Kheir

 

 Showtime: 5.00 p. m.

NINA OGOT

NEW FINE VOICE AND MUSIC AMBASSABOR FROM KENYA

 

The former TV presenter of Radio France International and Citizen TV in Kenya, began her professional music career as a music director in the organization "Kuruka Maisha", which familiarizes street children with artistic projects. Since then the singer and songwriter has released several albums. With her latest work "Dala", translated "Home", she fulfilled her wish to present her songs in the African Big Band Sound. She will be on stage with her 13-man band and let us be part of her journey between traditional and modern African grooves.

 © Nina Ogot

 

Showtime: 10.00 p.m.

HABIB KOITÉ & BAMADA

BACK TO MALI ROOTS

The exceptional guitarist from Mali took more than five years to record his current album "Kharifa" directly in his hometown Bamako. His compatriots like Toumani Diabaté, Amy Sacko – wife of Bassekou Kouyaté and member of their band “Ngoni Ba” – but also family members like his son Cheick Tidane Koité stood by his side. In the spirit of the Griots, he delved deep into the traditions and musical treasures of his country and recorded a total of twelve new songs. With this new program, the sympathetic songwriter will surely fascinate and enchant the Africa Festival audience again, without forgetting his hits like "Muso Ko" or "No Cigarette Abana" from his 1995 debut album.

© Digipak intérieur

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 ◊ SUNDAY, 29. May 2022 ◊

 

 

 

 Showtime: 3.00 p. m

ROYAL SOUNDS

NEW ROOTS REGGAE FROM THE UK

 

Modern roots reggae is presented by this young and dynamic band, which has its home on the British island. In their songs like "Pure Love", "Burning Inspiration" or "Message Music" rap, ragga and hip hop, as well as the classic reggae chords have their justification. Influenced by artists and bands such as the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Jah Cure, Third Word or Buju Banton, the two brothers Ajani (bass) and Gyasi (guitar) founded the 'Royal Sounds' in London in 2012 with their cousins Hannibal and Ras Sempah. Since then they have been considered visionaries of a new reggae sound.

 

 © Royal Sounds

 

Showtime: 5.00 p. m.

TREESHA

FINE AFRICAN REGGAE GROOVES FROM KENYA 

Her musical destiny and her career were probably already predetermined in her birth name Patricia Wamburi Mwaura, because in the Kikuyu language 'Wamburi' means 'singer of songs'. At the age of eight she early became soloist in a school and gospel choir in Nairobi. Later in Cologne, in addition to her training as a medical assistant, she continued to train her unique voice and quickly made a name for herself in the local scene as a popular background singer (Gentleman). With her first album "Listen" (2015) she started successfully into her solo career, which has been constantly rising ever since.

 © Treesha

Nkulee Dube

Showtime: 8.00 p.m.

NKULEE DUBE

ETHNO SOUL, JAZZ, REGGAE AND RAGGA FROM JO´BURG

The violent death of her father in 2007, the unforgettable South African reggae legend Lucky Dube, was more than just a shock for the likeable singer, but at the same time it was also an impulse to take on her father's legacy and carry the memory of him further out into the world. Since the release of her debut album "My Way" (2011), she has further developed her own style, which she calls "Ethno-Ragga", and just finished the recordings for her second album "The Journey". With a great deal of stage experience, which she gained at festivals in Europe, Africa and the USA in the meantime, she is now, since her debut at the 23rd Africa Festival in 2011, on stage for the second time in the main tent to celebrate with her audience another South African party.

© Nkluee Dube

Showtime: 10.00 p.m.

PATRICE

ROOTS REGGAE, AFROGERMAN SOUL AND FUNK

Patrice Babatunde Bart-Williams, born in Cologne, son of the writer Gaston Bart-Williams from Sierra Leone and his German mother, gained his first musical experiences in the Cologne hip hop scene and was inspired at home in Kerpen, on the sofa, by the albums of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and other soul greats. Since his debut album "Ancient Spirit" (2000), he sings in a cosmopolitan English or Patois and has matured musically, as in his last works "The Rising Of A Son" (2013) and "Life´s Blood" (2016), sometimes on roots reggae, sometimes on African-influenced funk or soul paths. In Jamaica, at home in New York, Paris, Cologne or Sierra Leone, the Africa Festival is happy to celebrate a brilliant closing party with the sympathetic songwriter!

© Patrice

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