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Africa Oyé Festival 2019
Sunday, June 23 @ 12:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hailing from the Soweto township in Johannesburg, BCUC’s indigenous funk and high-energy performances have fast made them one of South Africa’s most successful musical exports. Artistic heirs to Philip “Malombo” Tabane and Batsumi, they seek to give a contemporary voice to the ancestral traditions of indigenous peoples, with the jazz sounds of 1970s and ‘80s replaced by hip-hop influences and a punk-rock energy.
SOFIANE SAIDI & MAZALDA
Algerian singer and inventor of oriental glam, Sofiane Saidi recently unveiled another phase of his multifaceted history with a new electro-Maghreb vision, joining forces with the analog synths, saz, horns and percussion of turbo-clappers Mazalda to create a fizzingly fresh take on classic 80s Rai music. Liverpool will get to witness the ‘Prince of Rai 2.0’ first hand when Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda come to Sefton Park this June.
OSHUN ARE an independent hip-hop and soul duo from the US whose music is described as the ‘sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism’. Festival-goers can expect an incredible fusion of digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures as OSHUN connect with the spirit of their ancestors. The duo have recently debuted their album series “Bittersweet”, complete with captivating visuals and a two month long tour of the US & Canada.
Also announced for the 2019 festival is Moonlight Benjamin, who will bring her unique Haitian Voodoo sounds to Liverpool. Featuring nods to Caribbean voodoo tunes, 70s blues, rushing riffs, saturated electric guitars, and a powerful raw voice – Moonlight’s music is as ambivalent and intoxicating as it is fascinating.
Born and raised in Haiti, Moonlight spent her childhood with a priest who raised her and taught her Christian hymns. However, she quickly emancipated herself from this genre and began to discover her own style of music. Liverpool will get to witness her enchantment first hand when she comes to Liverpool this June.
Senegal’s Carlou D makes a welcome return to the festival after first performing on the Sefton Park stage back in 2010.
Born in the suburbs of Dakar, Carlou started his musical career as a member of Positive Black Soul – the country’s first, and arguably most successful hip-hop group, and has been mentored by and collaborated with the legendary Youssou N’Dour. Now performing as a solo artist, and with several albums under his belt, Carlou D is a recognisable figure across the world in his traditional Muslim robes with the image of his spiritual guide around his neck.
With his clear and distinctive voice, Carlou D connects the mystical, spiritual Zikr music of the Baye Fall holy men of Senegal, with the grooves of funk, Mbalax and Afropop to create his own authentic style.
The 27th annual Africa Oyé festival will take place in Liverpool on the 22nd and 23rd of June, 2019.
Sefton Park will once again be taken over by the music and culture of Africa and the diaspora, for two free days of fantastic live music, DJs and dance, as well as workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village.
The Oyé Active Zone, DJ stages Trenchtown and Freetown are confirmed to return, as well as the Oyé Introduces programme which sees local acts from the North West open the festival on each day.
The 2019 Africa Oyé festival will take place on 22nd and 23rd June, 2019 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm til 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE.
For more information on the festival and other events held across the country by Africa Oyé please visit africaoye.com.