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Africa Oyé Announces Headliners for 2019 festival

The Garifuna Collective from Belize and celebrated reggae artist Horace Andy will headline the 27th annual Africa Oyé festival this summer in the UK.

Africa Oyé will take place June 22 and 23, 2019 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park.  The festival celebrates the music and culture of Africa and the Diaspora with two free days of live music, DJ sets and multi-arts workshops.

Horace Andy

Jamaican singer-songwriter Horace Andy is well-known as the sweetest voice in reggae and for his long association with British trip-hop forerunners, Massive Attack. Andy has become an persevering voice on the Jamaican music scene. His early 1970s hit, ‘Skylarking’ expressed his ability to deliver songs of Black determination and social commentary that topped the Jamaican charts.

Horace Andy has steadily recorded and performed around the world in his own right with his band Dub Asante, and has remained famous in roots reggae, rocksteady, lovers rock and dancehall.

The Garifuna Collective

Also announced for the 2019 festival is The Garifuna Collective. The group has pushed the boundaries of Garifuna musical traditions. The group went back to the studio last year ro record its new album Hamala (Let Them Fly). It will The Garifuna Collective’s first record since the highly-praised tribute album to fallen bandleader and cultural icon Andy Palacio. The new album experiments with new Garifuna rhythms, recording concepts and even some “organic electronic” music and dub techniques.

The two festival headliners join a line-up that already includes BCUC, Moonlight Benjamin, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Carlou D and OSHUN, as well as Liverpool emerging stars Tabitha Jade and Satin Beige who make up the ‘Oyé Introduces’ program.

Africa Oyé’s Artistic Director said: “It’ll be a real honor to welcome back The Garifuna Collective to headline Oyé in their own right after their amazing performance with the late, great Andy Palacio twelve years ago; their sound and energy is incredible. And Horace Andy is a reggae headliner we’ve always wanted to see on our stage and I just know he’ll close out the Saturday in perfect style.”

For more information on the festival visit africaoye.com.

headline photo Trenchtown by Mark McNulty


Africa Oyé 2018 Announces First wave of International Artists

Africa Oyé festival has revealed the first set of artists scheduled to perform this year. The festival will take place June 16 and 17 in Sefton Park, Liverpool. The artists announced include singer-songwriter Binhan from Guinea Bissau, British-Gambian kora player Sona Jobarteh and Guy One from Ghana.

Africa Oyé celebrates the music and culture of Africa and the diaspora with live music, DJs, dance, workshops, food stalls and traders in the Oyé Village.

Oyé’s Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney said “The huge number of applicants to play this year’s festival has been overwhelming, yet a real testament to how revered the event has become around the world. It’s been far too long since we had an artist from Guinea-Bissau so Binhan’s appearance will be a perfect way to remedy that. Sona deserved a far bigger audience than she had on a rain-soaked day a couple of years ago, so we’re really pleased to be able to bring her back. And Guy One is one of those musicians that is a true master of his art – his set is going to be something really special.”

More information at africaoye.com.


Africa Oyé festival Announces 2018 Dates

Africa Oyé festival – Photo by Mark McNulty

The 2018 edition of the Africa Oyé festival will take place June 16 and 17 at Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm both days. The festival will feature the music and culture of Africa and the diaspora with live concerts, DJs, dance, workshops, food vendors and traders in the Oyé Village. Admission is free.

“2018 will allow us to do what we do best and that’s showcase the best undiscovered gems from across the continent and beyond,” says Oyé’s Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney. The applications have been flooding in from some incredible artists and the programme is going to be packed with international talent”

For more information go to africaoye.com.


Reggae Star Max Romeo to Appear in Africa Oyé’s 25th Anniversary Festival

Max Romeo

Music festival Africa Oyé has announced that roots reggae legend Max Romeo will be performing at its 25th Anniversary festival. Africa Oyé 2017 takes place Saturday, June 17-18 at Sefton Park, Liverpool. Admission is free.

Max Romeo has had top 10 hits throughout Europe and has been sampled by artists like Jay Z and The Prodigy. Max Romeo’s career started when he signed a contract with Bunny Lee, one of the biggest producers of his time in Jamaica in the 1960s. Hits such as ‘Chase The Devil’ lead to international success and to performances across the world.

After working with producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Romeo’s style evolved from a typically Jamaican ska towards to pop reggae.

Other artists scheduled to perform include Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Jupiter & Okwess International (DR Congo), Dobet Ghanore (Ivory Coast).


Africa Oyé Festival Reveals First Artists for 25th Anniversary Edition

African music festival Africa Oyé has announced the first artists scheduled to perform this year. Headlining the anniversary concerts in June will be festival favorites Dizzy Mandjeku & Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars, Jupiter & Okwess International, and Mokoomba.

Africa Oyé will take place Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at Sefton Park in Liverpool (UK). Admission is free.

Along with the main stage, the Oyé Village will be providing the public a variety of global foods, workshops, dance classes, merchants and DJs and more. The festival will also provide child-friendly entertainment so festival-goers can bring the whole family.

“It’s amazing to be able to look back at the last 25 years and pick some of our favorites to return for this celebration,” says Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney. “The festival this year will be the centerpiece of a whole year of gigs and events and I couldn’t be happier with the first acts that we’ve announced.”

The festival is funded by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

More at http://www.africaoye.com

Headline photo caption: Jupiter Okwess at Africa Oye 2014 – Photo by Mark McNulty


Africa Oyé to Celebrate 25th Anniversary Festival in June 2017

Afrtica Oye 2016 – Photo by Mark McNulty

Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free festival dedicated to African and Caribbean music and culture, will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary during Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at Sefton Park in Liverpool.

This year the world music festival will present artists from Oye’s 25-year history. “We decided that it would be fitting to feature a retrospective line-up of acts for Oyé 25,” says Oyé’s Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney. “The festival and organization has come so far since the days of the city center and Concert Square and this is a chance to celebrate our birthday with friends from Liverpool and around the world“.

Africa Oye’s 2017 program will also include film screenings, gigs, parties and exhibitions.

For more information visit africaoye.com


Africa Oyé Festival Begins Today at Liverpool’s Sefton Park

Africa Oye, the UK’s biggest free festival of music and culture from Africa and the Diaspora, will take place at Sefton Park on June 18th and 19th, from 12:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. both days.

The artists performing this year include D.R. Congo’s genre-bending Mbongwana Star; Ghanaian highlife legend, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band; and kora-playing pioneer, Sona Jobarteh.

Introduced for the first time at last year’s event, the ‘Oyé Introduces’ showcase will see local talent kick off both days of the festival, giving some of the area’s brightest artists the chance to share the stage with the ever-eclectic international Oyé line-up. This year’s chosen acts include Liverpool’s own jazz and soul star, XamVolo as well as Mamadou Diaw, a master drummer from Senegal now based in the city and Rimka, whose unique sabar beat dance music will kick off the festival in style on Saturday.

The main stage acts will be complemented by the usual eclectic ‘Oyé Village’ featuring an array of foods from across the globe, traders, DJs, dance classes, the Afrobeats tent, workshops in the Active Zone, as well as kids entertainment to keep Sefton Park buzzing throughout the festival weekend.

Africa Oyé is funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council.

Africa Oyé 2016: Line-Up
(times subject to change)

Saturday, June 18th

RIMKA – 12:30 till 13:00
Xam Volo – 13:20 till 13:50
Kreative Kaos (Community Performance) – 13:55 til 14:05
Saidi Kanda & Mvulu Mandondo – 14:15 til 15:25
Wesli – 15:45 till 16:55
Akala – 17:15 till 18:25
Damily – 18:45 till 19:55
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – 20:15 till 21:30

Sunday, June 19th

Mamadou & The Super Libidor Band – 12:30 till 13:00
Randy Valentine (with Sherii Ven Dyer) – 13:20 till 14:20
Katumba (Community Performance) – 14:20 till 14:30
Sona Jobarteh – 14:45 till 16:00
Bilan – 16:20 till 17:35
Baloji – 18:05 till 19:20
Mbongwana Star – 19:45 till 21:00

Main Stage DJs

DJ Edu
Esa Williams

Africa Oyé 2016
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016
12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: Free

For more information, please visit africaoye.com