NEWS: Africa Oyé brings Madagascan culture to schools

In a new initiative, one of Liverpool’s most beloved music festivals will be coming home to teach children about Madagascar’s rich cultural history and traditional music.

Selected schools and youth organisations will be visited by traditional Madagascan musician Haja of HAJAmadagascar & the Groovy People as part of a regional tour to educate children and adults alike on the vibrancy of the world’s different cultures. Having appeared twice at One Fell Swoop‘s Africa Oyé, Haja will be taking children on a journey to Madagascar by introducing them to music and dance indigenous to the island.

HAJAmadagascarHaja and his music will bring an energy and exuberance that is sure to inspire creativity and joy in all who hear it, and will also be providing unique insight into his beloved home. Artistic Director Paul Duhaney says “We’re really excited to be bringing Haja back to Liverpool after his second Africa Oyé festival set in 2014. We were able to hold a couple of workshops with him back then but this time we’re able to visit a lot more schools and youth groups. He’s got an enthusiasm that resonates with the kids and his workshops are loads of fun whilst still being genuinely educational”.

Africa Oye workshopsThe tour will be taking place from February 22nd through to March 4th 2016 and will encourage children to get involved in the sessions, teaching them about multiculturalism and tolerance in a fun environment. During these two weeks Haja will also be hosting workshops with Liverpool organisations MOVEMA and Kreative Kaos.

If you would like to find out more about Africa Oye’s Learning and Participation project, please contact: abbey@africaoye.com

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