NEWS: First Acts Announced for Africa Oyé

The countdown is on until Africa Oyé will be flourishing in Sefton Park on 22nd and 23rd June 2013. With another stellar festival set to take place, the largest free African music event in the UK have revealed their first acts…

For over two decades Africa Oyé has brought some of the biggest names in music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America to Liverpool, including Tinariwen, Peter Tosh, Femi Kuti, Fatoumata Diawara, and ‘Queen of Reggae’ Marcia Griffiths.


This year, Oyé will be celebrating 21 years of African music and Culture and the event will be better than ever; following the impressive turnout of 2011 the organisers are looking to out-do themselves once again.
The lineup confirmed so far features Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), fresh from a UK tour and after receiving global acclaim for their international debut album, ZongZing All Stars (DR Congo) and Atongo Zimba (Ghana).


Africa Oyé isn’t just about the wonderful live music. The ‘Oyé Village’ features over 80 stalls of arts and crafts, food and drink from around the world, as well as children’s entertainment. The festival also features the ‘Oyé Active Zone’, with African and Caribbean dance Workshops, drumming and percussion workshops, Capoeira performances and demonstrations, holistic therapies and more.


Festival Director Paul Duhaney said: “After last year’s weather we can’t wait to remind the world what Africa Oyé is all about in 2013. I’m really pleased with the acts we’ve got coming to Liverpool in June and am excited to say that this is set to be the biggest Oyé yet.”


The festival has always maintained that they are committed to keeping Africa Oyé free and open to all, and thanks to all their supporters, sponsors, and the generous donations received from the public they have managed to do so once again.




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