- 01 Mar
Music & Acrobatics Adesa | © Bugs Steffen
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 and 2:45 pm respectively acrobatics and music group Adesa will present a breathtaking street parade. The parade will start at the children’s tent and move across the festival ground and will pick up the young audience along the way right when the children’s programme starts.
Street Parade | © Bugs Steffen
- 01 Mar
Like every year, visitors can get to know traditional music from West Africa (Guinea, the Gambia, Senegal and Ghana) under the bridge next to the bazaar. They can listen to different percussion instruments like saba, djembe and doun-doun. The Senegalese kora player Saliou Cissoko from Casamance adds calm and relaxing sounds.
Saliou Cissokho © Bugs Steffen
- 01 Mar
30 YEARS INTERNATIONAL AFRICA FESTIVAL
EXHIBITIONS – IMPRESSIONS
© Mario Gerth
In the last 30 years we have presented numerous exhibitions of renowned and talented photographers like e.g. Bugs Steffen, Mario Gerth, Angele Etoundi Essamba, Thomas Dorn and Jürgen Schadeberg. This year we will show a selection of these photos, which were taken in Africa, as well as during the Africa Festival, again and put them up for sale. The proceeds will go to Afro Project (registered association), which will use the money to support a school in the Gambia and a kindergarten in Guinea.
The exhibition will take place at the public library (Marktplatz 9, 97070 Würzburg) and Hugendubel bookstore (Kürschnerhof 4, 97070 Würzburg) from 24 April to 8 June 2018.
“AFRICA FESTIVAL QUEENS”
PHOTO EXHIBITION BY BUGS STEFFEN
© Bugs Steffen
Speyer-born photographer Bugs Steffen has been accompanying and documenting the biggest festival for African music in Würzburg since its 6th edition in 1994. Visitors could already admire three of his exhibitions: “Amee – African Artists in Concert”, “Akwaaba – Welcome to Ghana” and the last one honouring the 25th anniversary of the festival called “Encounters – 25 years of Africa Festival Würzburg”. This year, he came up with something special. As the festival, too, has always been strengthening the role of women from the African continent and within the diaspora, this time he will dedicate his review on the years 2013 to 2017 to them. Whether they are musicians, fashion models or Djanes; they present their African roots proudly and expressively in a way that crosses borders.
The exhibition takes place from 26 April to 27 July 2018 at the University of Würzburg (Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg). Opening hours: 07 am to 07 pm.
- 01 Mar
In the last 30 years we have presented a number of exhibitions of renowned and talented photographers like e.g. Bugs Steffen, Mario Gerth, Angele Etoundi Essamba, Thomas Dorn and Jürgen Schadeberg. This year, we will exhibit and offer some of these photos, which were taken in Africa, as well as at the Africa Festival for *sale. The proceeds will go to Afro Project e.V. (registered association), which will use the money to support a school in the Gambia, as well as a kindergarten in Guinea.
The exhibitions take place at the public library (Marktplatz 9, 97070 Würzburg) and Hugendubel bookstore (Kürschnerhof 4, 97070 Würzburg) from 24 April – 8 June 2018, as well as at the University of Wuerzburg from 26 April – 27 July 2018.
*Anyone who wants to buy photos from these great exhibitions, can do so on site (at the public library and Hugendubel bookstore in Wuerzburg). Just go to the exhibition, pick the photos you want, and notify the information desk at Hugendubel bookstore or at the public library.
The "Zanzibar" exhibition at the university can only be purchased in its entirety - if you are interested, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The beginning" by Alexandra Schuster
"Encounters - 25 years Africa Festival" by Bugs Steffen
"Zansibar - Traditions at the gateway to Africa" by Mario Gerth
"TUAREGS " BY JEAN-MARC DUROU
- 01 Mar
The cultural TV channel ARTE is a partner of the 30th International Africa Festival and will be featured for the tenth time with its own ARTE cinema tent on the festival ground. Because of the double anniversary, ARTE will be presenting a “best of“ of its festival programme so far, including documentaries, among them portraits of great African musicians like “Mama Africa“ Miriam Makeba, Fatoumata Diawara and Youssou N’Dour, of whom many have already been guests at the Africa Festival.
ABDULLAH IBRAHIM: A STRUGGLE FOR LOVEPortrait of a South African jazz legend. He was born in one of the worst ghettos of Cape Town and learned to play the piano when he was just seven. In 1962 the musician who has become known as “Dollar Brand“ emigrated to the USA and just returned to South Africa after Nelson Mandela had been released from prison. His music unites the different African movements within jazz and remembers the musical traditions of Africa.
© “Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love” © MvH - ArtDesign
MAMA AFRICAThe legendary “Mama Africa“ Miriam Makeba from South Africa has been a guest of the Africa Festival five times. Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki memorializes the icon of the South African struggle for freedom with this documentary. In 1959 she had to leave South Africa due to political reasons and just returned to her home after the end of the apartheid regime. The concert “A Tribute to Miriam Makeba“ was filmed at the Arica Festival in 2009 shortly after Makeba’s sudden death in 2008.
© Soul Power
YOUSSOU N’DOUR AND THE SUPER ETOILE DE DAKARHe is the voice of the Senegal and the super star of African music. In 2010 Youssou N’Dour performed at the Africa Festival and enthused the audience with a large number of top musicians from Senegal and Jamaica and a mixture of traditional Senegalese mbalax, Carribbean reggae and Western pop. ARTE recorded the concert and will take the opportunity of the anniversary to show it again.
© Christian Weiß
EL ACORDEÓN DEL DIABLOA musical trip to Colombia to the accordionist, singer and composer Francisco “Pacho” Radas. He is an exceptional musician who held an accordion in his hands when he was just four years old, only to never let it go again. For years he has moved from village to village to play his music for a few centavos, he became a star, yet still lives in his corrugatediron hut. The film delves into the empire of cumbia, vallenato and son with the musician who was already 93 years old during shooting and died in 2003.
© ZDF/Felix von Muralt
AFRO.GERMANY: BLACK PEOPLE IN GERMANYIn the Deutsche Welle documentary “Afro.Germany” journalist and TV host Jana Pareigis talks about her personal journey to feel at home in your own skin and how to deal with exclusion and racism. Because she considered her skin colour a flaw, too: “When I was a child I wanted to be white.” What’s it like to live with a dark skin colour in Germany and which things have to change? The host takes a trip to investigate and meets many other Afro-Germans like soccer player Gerald Asamoah or rapper Samy Deluxe.
ZANZIBAR MUSICAL CLUBThe island of Zanzibar, which is located at the former spice trade route, is a place where the cultures of the Indian Ocean meet and mingle. The award-winning documentary gives the audience a deep insight into the local musical culture in which the varied history and the multiculturalism of the island are reflected. The taarab music, which is typical for the island, combines Arabic sounds, Latin American rhythms, Indian melodies and African drums.
© Les films du présent/EIKON/Philippe Gansier & Patrice Nezan
MALI BLUESMali is one of the poorest countries in the world. But when it comes to music, it is as rich as barely any other country and is considered the birthplace of jazz and blues. But this precious heritage is in danger: the radical Islamists in the North of the country ban dance and secular music. The movie by Lutz Gregor shows musicians who use their music to fight for peace and religious freedom in Mali: Touareg Ahmed Ag Kaedy, rapper Master Sumi and world music star Fatoumata Diawara.
© Axel Schneppat
08:30 pm Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love
Documentary by Ciro Cappellari, ARTE/ZDF 2005, 58 mins.
09:30 pm Mama Africa
Documentary by Mika Kaurismäki, ARTE/ZDF 2011, 100 mins.
08:30 pm Youssou N’Dour and the Super Etoile de Dakar
Recording from the Africa Festival, ARTE 2010, 52 mins.
09:30 pm El Acordeón del Diablo
Documentary by Stefan Schwietert, Germany 2000, 83 mins.
08:30 pm Afro.Germany:
Documentary by Jana Pareigis, Deutsche Welle 2017, 42 mins.
Afterwards panel discussion with Jana Pareigis
09:30 pm Zanzibar Musical Club
Documentary by Patrice Nezan, ARTE/ZDF 2008, 84 mins.
08:30 pm Mali Blues
Documentary by Lutz Gregor.
ARTE/ZDF 2016, 93 mins.
- 01 Mar
BAZAAR AND FOOD
Food | © Peter Schuhmann
The bazaar has lots on offer once again, such as African percussion and musical instruments, books and CDs with a traditional and modern African sound. Extraordinary clothing and materials, jewellery and sculptures, masks and artistic and practical objects will also enthuse visitors. In order to indulge in fine food, the bazaar and food area will be offering African and oriental delicacies to you from Thursday to Sunday (11:00 am - 11:00 pm). This year, you can enjoy among others dishes from Senegal, Ethiopia, Morocco, Cameroon and Ruanda!
OASIS OF BEAUTY & RELAXATION
© Mario Gerth
Away from the turmoil of the festival visitors can take a break from everyday life at our new oasis of relaxation, where they can chill-out in deck chairs or enjoy stuffed dates and Moroccan tea. Big trees, parasols and the authentic Moroccan royal tent provide shade. Women who do henna tattoos or braid hair will make you even prettier.
- 01 Mar
Bambushalle | © Bugs Steffen
There will again be a bamboo hall at the 30th International Africa Festival where different initiatives and media will present themselves. The aim of the “Mama Afrika” association is to stop the tradition of female genital mutilation. The “One dollar glasses” initiative wants to ensure an independent basic eye care in developing countries. Sona Jobarteh will also present her project from the Gambia: the “Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music“. “Ombili-foundation” and DAHW (German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (GLRA) will also be featured. Furthermore, the African print magazine “LoNam”, as well as the German newspaper “taz”, which will present the festival, will have an information booth at the bamboo hall.
The information booths of the bamboo hall will be open daily from 11 am to 6 pm.
© Jesco Denzel
THE AMADU BANSANG JOBARTEH SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music was founded in 2014 by known kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh, an ancestor of the famous kora maestro Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. It is the Gambia’s first school which focuses on the traditional Manding music, one of West Africa’s oldest music traditions. Besides the musical education, the school also addresses serious issues like health, diet and harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation . The Africa Festival foundation supports the school by paying the fee of the 9 teachers for 2 years.
© Mama Afrika
MAMA AFRIKA E.V.
Mama Afrika e. V. (registered association) is a recognised African-German non-profit association. The main goal of the association is to fight against female genital mutilation. Since the sudden and unexpected death of the founder Hadja Kitagbe Kaba in May 2015, her children Tiranké Diallo, Souleymane Diallo and Aminata Diallo have been continuing their mother’s matter of heart with great commitment. In the previous two years the association has managed to finalise a kindergarten in Kankan (Guinea). The next goal is to found a school where children and their parents will be educated about the causes and consequences of female genital mutilation.
Millions of people worldwide are suffering from defective vision, but cannot afford normal glasses. The organization OneDollarGlasses provides the solution: lightweight, robust and affordable glasses which are produced by local people on a simple bending machine. The goal of OneDollarGlasses is a continuous and independent basic eye care for people in developing countries. In Africa, OneDollarGlasses is active in Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi
© DAHW/Andreas Müller, Missio
GERMAN LEPROSY AND TUBERCULOSIS AID
The non-governmental organisation “DAHW” focuses on neglected tropical diseases, which are caused by poverty. The staff of the organisation will show the visitors what they have already achieved in African countries by revealing a glimpse into the worldwide commitment. At the information booth they will also inform visitors about Tanzania and their local cooperation project with Missionsärztliche Klinik (Medical Mission Hospital) on the topic of bilharzia.
© s. Oliver
S.OLIVER & AFRO PROJECT E. V.
This year, too, the international fashion and lifestyle company s.Oliver will be supporting the 30th International Africa Festival. There will be a charity event with the non-profit organisation “Afro Project e.V.” (registered association). As in the previous years, visitors can participate in a photo session. The proceeds will go to the “Mama Afrika” association. The aim of the association is to stop the dangerous tradition of female genital mutilation. There will be a booth in the bamboo hall where visitors can get information about the non-profit work of “Mama Afrika”.
© Matthias Steinbach
MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES
Médecins sans Frontières was founded in 1971 by a group of French doctors as a private, nongovernmental humanitarian organization. They set themselves the task to provide medical relief in crisis or conflict areas, regardless of religious, ethnical or political interests. MSF is independent, neutral and impartial and operates free from bureaucratic constraints. In order to preserve this inde pendence, MSF is mainly funded through private donations. In 1999, the organization was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for their work. MSF provides worldwide medical emergency assistance in more than 70 countries. The majority of the projects are currently in Africa.
WITH/ABOUT AFRICA: 30 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WÜRZBURG
Celebrating 30 years of the International Africa Festival, the University of Würzburg‘s Forum Afrikazentrum will present a fascinating exhibition on Africa-related research, teaching and cooperation projects in the University tent. Thirty years of intensive scientific envolvement with Africa and with African partners will be displayed. The focus will be on the zoological research on biodiversity on Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), the university’s biological research station in Comoé National Park (Ivory Coast) and the work of the BEBUC scholarship programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Futhermore, the exhibition will provide insights into research in the field of natural products chemistry and the Missio Clinic’s Tropical Institute´s involvement in the fight against infectious diseases such as malaria, AIDS or bilharziosis. Geographical climate research examines the consequences of climate change on the population of West Africa. The humanities are participating in Africa-related research by asking questions such as: How is the colonial past dealt with in African literature, art and music? Looking back on 30 years of research activities in Africa and presenting current cooperation projects, these and many other questions will be answered in the University tent.
Dr. Julien Bobineau, email@example.com, phone: 0931 31-83826
Timo Lowinger M.A., firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 0931 31-83616
The research station in Comoé National Park (Ivory Coast) | © Erik Frank
© August Stich
- 01 Mar
Ibrahima Ndiaye from Senegal | © Bugs Steffen
The children’s programme is a permanent feature of the Africa Festival. This year it will again take place in a circus tent, so that our youngest visitors have their own little area and are protected if it rains. The Senegalese author and musician Ibrahima Ndiaye will lead trough the programme. He knows how to entertain his young audience with his own unique mix of traditional storytelling, pantomime, percussion, dancing and singing.
The African artistic ensemble Adesa from Ghana will leave the children amazed. This year, from Friday to Sunday, they’ll feature an African clown and an acrobatics show in the multi-tent and a street parade. Children of all ages will also be provided with space and entertainment outside of the children’s tent: “Karibuni Watoto – Welcome, Children!” will be the name of the closed-off children’s area, where there will be a huge amount of games on offer, away from the hustle and bustle of the main festival. We’re pleased that s.Oliver is helping us with the organisation of the children’s area this year. There will be a breastfeeding area, nappy-changing facilities and relaxation possibilities in the “Family Area”.
The children’s area is open daily from noon to 8:00 pm, and entrance is free of charge for visitors of the festival.
Fly | © Mario Gerth
Love | © Mario Gerth
Acrobatic - ADESA | © Bugs Steffen
- 01 Mar
MADE IN AFRICA
The fashion designer Rama Diaw from Saint Louis (Senegal) has been creating modern African fashion and accessories for a few years now and uses native techniques and materials like batik and indigo fabrics. All materials she uses are directly from Senegal, Mauretania and Mali. This year, Rama Diaw is presenting a fashion show which connects contemporary creations and traditional Senegalese items form her region and the city of Saint Louis, a world heritage city. A second show “African child” will be dedicated to children. Their wellbeing and their education are key challenges for the development of the emerging continent. Rama is working daily in partnership with women from villages in the surrounding of Saint-Louis, contributing via entrepreneurship to increase their family revenues.
Since 2013 the designer Rama Diaw has been showing her fashion at the International Africa Festival. To support her charitable and helpful project Afro Project provides her with a tent featuring a catwalk free of charge, pays the 8 models and organises the fashion shows with her creations.
The fashion shows take place in front of the tent of Madame Rama on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 02:30 pm and 04:30 pm next to the Havana Club.
- 01 Mar
Antonia and Sandra Knoll from the winerie „Am Stein“
Due to our anniversary and the great success in 2009/2010, there will again be a tent with a terrace directly on the banks of the river that is exclusively reserved to wine. There are exclusive wines both here in Franconia and in South Africa, after all. Therefore, we have again invited two wineries from the Cape Region in South Africa – Thandi and Cape Dreams – to present their wines. At the same time,
Vineyards of "Thandi" at Stellenbosch
An employee of "Cape Dreams" at harvest
the winery „Am Stein“ in Würzburg, a top Franconian winegrower, will be presenting its noble grapes. So there will be the opportunity to taste wines from two different growing areas in direct comparison and to get expert advice. Both South African wineries are special because they are predominantly or completely owned by black and coloured people, whereas the South African wine industry still is widely in white hands. Cape Dreams is a company of 100% “black economic empowerment”. "Thandi" is the first wine brand in the world to receive Fairtrade accreditation. Both companies produce wines of the highest quality. In support of the new South Africa, the Africa Festival has invited these two wine-growing estates to Würzburg. The winery „Am Stein” has been cultivating some of the most prestigious locations in Franconia, currently already in the 5th generation and since 2006 even ecologically. At the Africa Festival 2018 Antonia Knoll, the daughter of the house, will be presenting the winery and its wines. Besides outstanding quality, which secured the winery its membership in Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (the Association of German wine estates with distinction, abbreviated VDP) in 2001, it also stands for ecological winegrowing and remarkable architecture.
- 01 MarThe Havana Club is a well established place to meet at the Africa Festival – it is all about Cuban rum and Caribbean music. During the day, people can meet to have a cup of coffee and to relax. Later at night, it transforms into a disco bar where various brands of rum and Cuban cocktails can be tasted, while hot music is being played by our DJs. Thursday and Friday, DJ Yambo & DJ Yannek will heat up the club with Afro-Latin music. Saturday and Sunday, Selecter Manitu of the Lucky Punch Soundsystem and his daughter DJane Afropunk play afrobeats and reggaeton as well as dancehall and reggae.
Disco time at the Havana Club is from Thursday to Saturday from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am and on Sunday from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Our multi-tent also catches the vibe at night – legendary DJ Hi John from Jamaica will celebrate a hot reggae party – and you are invited!
Thursday to Saturday from 7:00 pm to midnight.
© Havana Club
OPEN AIR COCKTAIL-LOUNGEIn the new cocktail lounge visitors can enjoy different cocktails from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Original Cuban cocktail classics like Mojito and Cuba Libre will be served. A chill-out area with comfortable deckchairs, umbrellas and Cuban music invites visitors to relax.
- 01 Mar
BEING BLACK AND GERMAN
Panel discussion at the Havana Club on 03 June 2018, at 11 a.m.
Host: Sarah BerghToday, there are almost one million black people living in Germany – in a society dominated by white people. The panel discussion takes up the topic and we have invited four impressive people who will not only talk about their personal experiences with racism, but also about how they use their work and commitment to reveal and overcome discriminating and racist structures in Germany.As an introduction to the topic the documentary Afro.Germany will be shown at the ARTE cinema tent on Saturday evening, 2 June 2018 at 08.30 pm. "Afro.Deutschland" has been produced by Deutsche Welle.The following people will take part in the panel discussion at the Havana Club on Sunday, 3 June 2018 at 11 am.Raphael Dernbach (member of ISD, Munich)Raphael Dernbach studied economics in Munich, co-authored two books (Spiegelblicke), is living in Munich with his two children and has been dedicatedly working for the “Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V.” (Initiative of Black People in Germany) for 30 years. The aim of the initiative is to represent the interests of black people in Germany.
© Raphael DernbachJermain Raffington (host and basketball player, Berlin)After a two-year study stay in the USA, in 2007, Raffington, the son of a German mother and a Jamaican father, became a professional basketball player in Germany. Ever since he has ended his professional sports career, he has been working as a producer and host of VICE Media in Berlin. In his autonomously produced web series schwarzrotgold.tv Jermain focuses on the life and experiencesof black Germans.
© Jermain RaffingtonJana Pareigis (host at ZDF, Berlin)Jana Pareigis is a TV host of the ZDF morning magazine and she is also working as a freelance journalist. She is the author and director of the TV documentary “Afro.Germany” in which she talks about her experiences as a black person in Germany. Jana Pareigis studied political sciences and Africana Studies in Hamburg, New York and Berlin and subsequently completed a journalistic traineeship at Deutschen Welle.
© Maurice WeissTiranke Diallo (Mama Afrika e.V., Berlin)
Guinea-native Tiranke Diallo is the chairwoman of the initiative Mama Afrika e. V. and consultant for FGM. Her mother who founded the initiative was afflicted by female genital mutilation. Tiranke Diallo was born in France and grew up in Germany. She is a trained office clerk and has worked in human resource management for years. She considers herself a black German.
© Tiranke Diallo
DISCUSSION ABOUT THE AFRICA POLICY OF THE FEDERAL FOREIGN OFFICE
Saturday, 02 June 2018, at 11 am
Sarah Bergh | © Bugs Steffen
Ambassador Georg Schmidt
The Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, ambassador Georg Schmidt, will be talking with Sarah Bergh and take position on current questions concerning the German Africa policy. Afterwards, the visitors of the Africa Festival will have the opportunity to participate in the following discussion with questions and comments.
Georg Schmidt was born in 1963 in Freiburg, Germany. He studied in History, Economics and Chinese and entered the Foreign Service in 1995, during which time he was also working for the German Embassy in Mali. His postings include Japan, Sri Lanka and Mali. From 2006 to 2010 he worked on African (and Asian) Affairs with Federal President Horst Köhler. He served as Head of Division for Asia, Australia, Africa and International Development for two more Presidents of Germany, Christian Wulff and Joachim Gauck. In 2014 he moved back to the Foreign Office and has since been Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel.
Sarah Bergh studied education, psychology and theatre arts. For over ten years she has worked freelance in her office for art and cultural projects. The focus of her work is the political education, especially the topics of migration pedagogics, discrimination and racism. Since 2015 she has been working at the pedagogical Institute in Munich. Ever since the 19th Africa Festival she has been a host of the event.
Tiranké and Souleymane Diallo from "Mama Afrika" in front of the banner
of the Africa Festival against Female Genital Mutilation in Africa. | © Bugs Steffen
- 28 Feb
Hugh Masekela at the 28th International Afriac Festival | © Günther Klebinger
Lucky Dube live at the 7th International Africa Festival | © Bugs Steffen
We would like to take the opportunity and remember those who have characterised the festival but who are no longer with us. Of course the first one to mention is the extraordinary man Nelson Mandela. In 1994 he was elected the first black president of South Africa and already one year later, at the 7th Africa Festival, we were able to show the interesting exhibition “Ezakwantu – bead work from Eastern Cape”. The presentation of the exhibition in Würzburg was the first cultural exchange between the new administration of Mandela and Europe. Nelson Mandela also sent a personal greeting to the festival. In 1996 the Foreign Office assigned the organisers of the Africa Festival to help with the musical programme of the state visit during Nelson Mandela’s first visit to the federal republic. Much to the president’s surprise, he was greeted with local sounds by Miriam Makeba at the park of the Brühl Palaces. We are glad to have met this man – without him the new South Africa wouldn’t have been possible! In 2018 he would have turned 100. Of course we must also name Miriam Makeba “Mama Africa”, the great icon of African music. You could become a part of her unforgettable concerts in the circus tent five times. She performed for the first time at the 8th Africa Festival and for the last time at the 18th Africa Festival when she gave her last official concert here in Würzburg to say farewell to the big concert stages. The previous day her granddaughter Zenzi Makeba Lee was performing for the first time with her grandmother in attendance and for the finale of Mazi’s concert Angeliqué Kidjo and Lokua Kanza paid homage to Makeba and showed her their respect. 10 years ago, on 10 November 2008 the great singer from South Africa passed away. We also want to remember Lucky Dube from South Africa. The great reggae star has been to Würzburg three times. His song “Different Colours - One People“ also became the omnipresent slogan of the festival. Unfortunately he was shot in Johannesburg in the middle of the street on 18 October 2017 at the age of only 41 under unresolved circumstances. Hugh Masekela, who was also from South Africa, captivated the hearts of the festival audience threetimes, in 2000, 2008 and 2016. He received the Africa Fesival “Lifetime Achievement Award 2016”. Two great young artists, who were also politically active, came from the neighbouring country Zimbabwe – they performed at the festival several times. Andy Brown a talented guitar player and his temporary life partner Chiwoniso Maraire who had perfected the art of playing the mbira. He died after a short illness immediately after having turned 50, she passed away tragically at the age of only 37. We also want to be reminiscent of the “King of Congolese rumba“, Papa Wemba from Congo! He performed in Würzburg four times, for the last time in 2011 at the 23rd Africa Festival. With his touching performances he managed to not only capture the hearts of his Congolese fans. With Lobi Traoré, who was known for his almost psychedelic guitar playing, the audience could experience a great Mali blues guitar player in 1996. In 2007, at the 19th Africa Festival, the visitors witnessed Andy Palacio the hero of the Garifuna music from Belize. Unfortunately, they both have also already left us but on our stages were proof of the variety the African music has to offer. We would like to thank everyone that we were able to participate in their music and wisdom, and will have their heritage and message live on at the Africa Festival.