Frititi and Kanda Bongo Man at African Cultural Day in England

Newcastle upon Tyne, England – On Saturday 30th June the North East of England African Community Association (NEEACA) celebrates the annual "African Cultural Day", which celebrates the achievements of this great continent. This will include a special evening showcase event with Frititi and Kanda Bongo Man.

Venue: Banqueting Suite, Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1RD (near the Haymarket Metro Station).One of the key elements will focus upon telling people about the framework behind the ‘abolition of slavery’ – this will be addressed using talks, youth theatre and displays of informative literature. This will include a performance by an up-and-coming youth movement called CRUNK, made up of young people discussing youth issues through the medium of music and dance. The themes of their Rap material touch upon alcohol, drugs and racism. The urban musical styles performed use Hip-Hop, R n B and Soul influences.

The climax to NEEACA’s spotlight event will be a feast of music and dance to perfectly grace such an important occasion – the line up will include African drumming and dancing sensations Frititi and the Soukous music by Kanda Bongo Man.

"NEEACA wants to welcome the world to its celebration on 30 June. Equality is the current buzz word, where people from different communities work together to introduce unity – this is a process we openly support and encourage in the Northeast," said Tony Suadwa, Chair of NEEACA.

Tony concludes: "Our event hopes to embrace the values of the 21st Century in turn remembering the achievements of our forefathers in the issues like the abolition of slavery. We need to educate future generations about moments in history that effectively changed the attitudes of society, forever."

Concert time: 7.00pm – 12midnight
Price: £10 (adults) and £3 (under 16s) – price includes food.

To purchase your tickets for this event contact NEEACA on (0191) 265 1155 or 07960 672955.

Frititi photo by Simon Richardson.