Africa OYÉ 2010 - 19th 1n2 20th of June

Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park, Liverpool this year, bigger and better than ever. First acts announced!

Eva Oyon

Date published: 4th Mar 2010

Funded by Arts Council of England
& Liverpool City Council


A celebration of African music and culture
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2010
12:30pm-9:30pm on both days
Admission: Free

ACTS ALREADY CONFIRMED – Reggae legend Michael Rose from Black Uhuru with
his live band (Jamaica).  International superstar Habib Koite (Mali), the
unbelievable sounds of The Gangbe Brass Band from Benin, Youssou N'Dour's
protégé Carlou D from Senegal, the Salsa/Merengue/reggaeton hybrid band
touring the UK for the first time TO'MEZCLAO (Cuba) and a sensational new
band from Haiti, Ti Coca plus more to be announced.

*Please check for programme updates

Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park, Liverpool in 2010, bigger and better
than ever.  Year on year, the UK’s largest free African music festival
just keeps on growing...

‘Nowhere else in the world will you find a city overflowing with such
cultural diversity that it pulsates through the veins of every inhabitant
and visitor to its shores.’

‘Everything you could need for a unique African experience...a true slice
of Africa.’
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Africa Oyé – nominated for ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’, ‘The Grass Roots
Festival Award’, ‘Family Festival Award’ and ‘Best Toilets’ at the UK
Festival Awards 2009

Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and
culture and takes place annually in Liverpool.  Beginning in 1992 as a
series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from
strength-to-strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to
cope with demand.  Now in its nineteenth year, Africa Oyé continues to
grow.  In 2009 the event attracted an audience of over 20,000 people and
even more are expected to attend Oyé 2010.

With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of
war, disease, poverty and famine, Oyé seeks to redress the balance and
highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that
make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the
world. The festival is also a truly international event that harnesses the
spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance. It has played host to artists
from nations right across Africa and also programmes music from South
America and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca and Reggae always a popular
addition to the festivities.

But Africa Oyé is about more than music. Over 40 stalls selling the best
food, drink, arts and crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again
be present at the Oyé village along with long time supporter ‘News From
Nowhere’, one of the UK’s premier stockists of African music, with all the
performing artists and much more on sale, it’s a great opportunity to not
only take in some of the best roots music around, but take some home with
you too.

Touring and Trading

Africa Oyé launched an additional strand of work in April 09 funded by the
Arts Council called Oyé Touring and Trading.  Along with 5 other national
organisations (Serious, Punch Records, Joyful Noise, and CMAT) and as part
of the Black Routes network Oyé produced two 2 National tours, and a
Learning and Participation Project called The Legacy Roots and Music in
Liverpool and will do the same in 2010/11. The first two tours were with
Jamaican Reggae legend Freddie McGregor in June and Odemba OK Jazz All
Stars from DR Congo in September.

Health and Participation

2010 is the Year of Health and Well Being in the Liverpool region, and
with this in mind (subject to funding enhancement) Oyé hopes to introduce
The Health, Learning, and Participation Zone this years at Africa Oyé
festival, featuring :

1.      African and Caribbean Dance Workshops by Movema
2.      Drumming and Percussion Workshops with local community group Beatlife
and Glastonbury’s Chai Chapel
3.      Guitar Workshops
4.      Vocal coaching
5.      Capoeira Brazilian Martial Arts performances and demonstrations 6.      A
mobile climbing wall
7.      Holistic therapies
8.      African massages
9.      Info stalls about health and well being

These additions for the 2010 festival see Africa Oyé continue to grow, and
will take place in a designated area on the festival site with its own PA
system, marquee(s), performance area, platforms and risers for public
viewing and participation.

For updates on tours and Learning and Participation Projects please visit

The Oyé Village

Featuring food and arts and crafts from around the world, children’s
entertainment featuring bouncy castles, and face painting; there is
something for all the family – and returning this year – The Oyé Inn is a
welcome addition to the festival.

The Oyé Inn

Once again, this year Oyé will feature a state of the art 500 capacity
beer tent selling ice cold draught lager, selected spirits and soft drinks
all at affordable prices and served in a safe environment.  To help to
keep Africa Oyé a free celebration of music, culture and community, please
buy a pint from the Inn.

Please remember – Africa Oyé is a family friendly festival, please drink

Michael Rose (Jamaica)
Habib Koite (Mali)
The Gangbe Brass Band (Benin)

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