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PROGRAMME 33. AFRICA FESTIVAL

 

2 p.m.

LÚCIA de CARVALHO

(Angola)

 

7 p.m.

MAREMA

(Senegal)

08.30 p.m.

AWA LY

 

10.00 p.m.

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

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08.30 p.m.

GUINÉE MUSIC ALL STARS 

10.00 p.m.

LIRA

 

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08.30 p.m.

LURA

10.00 p.m.

HABIB KOITÉ & BAMADA

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08.30 p.m.

NKULEE DUBE

10.00 p.m.

PATRICE

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Note for ticket purchase:

EVENING CONCERTS (20:30 to 24:00) - You can visit the festival area and the events from 11:00.
For the evening concerts an extra ticket is necessary - there is only a remaining contingent of tickets, so order soon!
Here you can buy tickets for the evening concerts: https://tickets.africafestival.org/en/tickets-33-evening-concert/

Terrain tickets for the daily programme from 11:00 - 24:00 (evening concerts excluded) are expected to be available from 1 December 2021. Terrain tickets can be purchased online.

We are still finalising the overall programme of the 33rd International Africa Festival!

Status: 12.11.2021
(Programme subject to change at any time)

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 ◊ THURSDAY, 26. May 2022 ◊

SHOWTIME 2.00 p.m.

LÚCIA de CARVALHO

“SOLAR POWER ENERGY” FROM ANGOLA

Angola is her home country, Brazilian rhythms have added a fire of inspiration and with French 'knowhow', the Strasbourg-based singer, dancer and drummer, has breathed a special and unique touch into her compositions. "My mother instilled in me a love of music!" "Kuzola", "To love", was also the title of her last, successful album (2016) which was followed by a documentary film that accompanied her on her search for her roots. She has announced a new album for 2022. Our audience can look forward to concentrated empowerment energy!

© Julien Intile scaled

Marema_Bugs Steffen

SHOWTIME 6 p.m.

MAREMA

FINEST GROOVES FROM SENEGAL

Marema Fall, the power woman from Senegal, thrilled our audience for the first time at the 27th Africa Festival. She has received several awards and is considered a "shooting star" in her West African home country, at the latest after receiving the RFI Award 2014 in the category "Best Female Artist in Africa". She learned her musical craft at the music school of the cultural centre "Douta Seck". Her mentor Edu Bocande encouraged her not only to work traditionally, but also to experiment with other styles such as rock, pop or jazz. Under the production management of Alpha Blondy`s guitarist and arranger Mao Otayeck, she made her breakthrough with the singles "Femme d'affaires" and "My Friend". In the meantime, her first solo album "Initie" has been released, with which she thrills audiences everywhere internationally.

© Bugs Steffen

Showtime: 8.30 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: 8.30 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 ◊

Les Visiteurs du Soir

Showtime: 8.30 p.m.

LURA

COOL GROOVES FROM THE CAPEVERDIAN ISLANDS

Maria de Lurdes Pina Assuncao was a talented swimmer who wanted to study sports, but when Juka, a well-known singer in Sao Tome & Principe, invited her to sing a duet with him, her musical career began at the age of seventeen. Today, under her stage name Lura, she is considered one of the most successful singers from Cape Verde. Like no other, she succeeds in combining the traditional Batuku, Morna and Fuaná music of the islands with West African and modern elements, thus breaking out of the often melancholic harmonies of the island world. Their successful album "Di Korpu Ku Alma" ('About Body and Soul') with the hit "Na Ri Na" from 2004 is still considered indispensable in every West African record collection.

© Les Visiteurs du Soir

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 ◊

Nkulee Dube

Showtime: 8.30 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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