COMING UP: Africa Oyé, Sefton Park 23-24 June 2012

This June Africa Oyé will be marking 20 years of bringing the best in  African music and culture to the UK. Starting out as a series of small gigs in Liverpool’s city centre in 1992, Africa Oyé has evolved into the foremost celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK. This year’s festival includes performances from Brinsley Forde, The Rasites and Yabba Funk.

Acts confirmed for 2012:

Brinsley Forde (UK/Jamaica)-Best known as front man to seminal reggae band Aswad, Forde now takes to the Oye stage to deliver a charismatic set of Roots reggae.  His phenomenal stage presence and crowd pleasing vocal earned Forde a number of live collaborations with Dizzee Rascal, collaborations which blew audiences away on the likes of Jools Holland and at the Electric Proms.

The Rasites (UK)-In 2001 the Rasites Band lit up the roots market with their debut album, Urban Regeneration – a record that inspired comparisons with the early greats of the business. Since their emergence The  Rasites have recorded hits with Jamaican Superstar Luciano. After  playing at 2004 Rbel Salute in Jamica they recorded tracks with master Saxaphonist/Producer Dean Fraser and Bobby Digital.

Yaaba Funk (Ghana/UK)-Yaaba Funk were formed in Brixton in 2006. The band has gigged extensively around London and the UK, building up a loyal fan base with their exuberant live shows, and have also performed in Europe and Africa. A floor-filling extravaganza combining the tightest rhythm section this side of Accra, fat analogue bass lines, blazing horns, sparkling African and gritty rock guitars. Yabba Funk are considered to be one of the best live acts on the circuit.

The Endless Journey (Niger)-Touareg singer, guitarist and songwriter Alhousseini Anivolla and Wodaabe singer Bammo Agonla have toured Europe, Canada, America and Australia with the internationally acclaimed group Etran Finatawa. Mamane Barka is a charismatic musician and ethnomusicologist who is widely known in Niger as a virtuoso ugurumi player. Internationally,he is best known as the last master of the Biram, a sacred instrument of the Boudouma people. Oumarou Adamou, the son of a Hausa Griot, is a famed percussionist and lifelong friend of Barka. Together their swirling strings, driving rhythms and haunting vocals evoke the vast open spaces of the desert and the very soul of nomadic life.

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra (Nigeria/UK)-Dele began his career when he joined Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80. He then created the Positive Force band with Femi Kuti. In both bands he was keyboard player and musical director taking care of re-orchestrating and arranging music. Based on Afrobeat, Dele’s music is a blend of complex funk grooves, Nigerian traditional music (including hi-life), African percussion, underpinning the jazz horns and solos from other instruments, as well as rhythmical singing. With a 15 strong line up featuring a brass section and some amazing dancers, this is one live show not to be missed.

Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga (Democratic Republic of Congo)-Samba Mapangala spent the early 70s with various bands in Kinshasa, before moving to Uganda in 1975 where he and some other Congolese musicians formed the Les Kinois band, then Orchestra Virunga in 1981. Orchestra Virunga released their first album, It’s Disco Time with Samba Mapangala in 1982. In early 90s the group gained some international popularity through album releases like ‘Virunga Volcano’ and ‘Feet on Fire’. He has continued to record, and is still one of the leading musicians in East Africa and is now based in the United States.

Jaliba Kuyateh (The Gambia)-Modernising the exquisite Kora music of Gambia into what he calls ‘Kora Pop’, Jaliba Kuyateh and his band unite current and ancient Gambian sounds into an electric and uplifting live show. Kyuateh began playing the 21-stringed instrument at the age of five and is now among the most dynamic of its players.

Diabel Cissokho (Senegal)-Diabel Cissokho’s virtuosic talent, his resonant voice and rocking kora style, have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican, where he performed alongside Femi Kuti, Cheikh Lo and Manu Dibango.  Diabel’s success with bluesman Ramon Goose cemented his reputation as a versatile musician, able to effortlessly cross cultures.


Africa Oyé 2012
23rd/24th June
12.30 till 21.30 (Both Days)
Sefton Park, Liverpool

Admission: FREE

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