Friday 20th May, 2022
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
‘Rapturous welcome for lost Somali funk’ – The Guardian
‘Somalia’s disco stars are back in the groove’ – Evening Standard
Originating from the Mogadishu disco scene, Dur-Dur Band disbanded in the early 90s, as the country plunged into a civil war. They were unable to continue playing in their city and scattered abroad. Now, Dur-Dur are a time capsule, transporting audiences to the 1980s and the legendary Hotel Juba with their unique brand of Somalian disco-funk.
Though their music never travelled far beyond Somalia in their original run, Dur-Dur’s party-stirring spirit has found a new audience on the back of recent re-issues from Analog Africa and Awesome Tapes from Africa, championed heavily by world music maestro Gilles Peterson.
The latest incarnation of this celebrated outfit have breathed new life into the legend of Dur-Dur Band and remain as captivating and unmissable as ever before.
THE AFRICA OYE FESTIVAL
18th & 19th June, 2022
Sefton Park, Liverpool
FREE ENTRY – NO TICKETS REQUIRED
Following a two-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic, The Africa Oyé Festival returns to Liverpool’s Sefton Park this summer in what will be our 30th anniversary year.
One of the region’s most beautiful green spaces will once again be filled with the music and culture of Africa, the Caribbean and the diaspora, for two free days of live music, DJs and dance, as well as workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village.
HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON
(Cuba / Jamaica)
Sunday 31st July, 2022
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
‘The high production values and top-notch musicianship yield a unique and captivating set’ – MOJO Magazine
Part of Africa Oyé’s 30th anniversary celebrations, this unique and captivating collaboration brings together a dream line-up from Jamaica and Cuba, exploring the musical output of these two Caribbean islands.
The project – returning to the UK after a stunning performance at the BBC Proms – honours both islands’ incredible musical foundations and legacies, melding Jamaican soundsystem and bass culture with Cuba’s electrifying and virtuosic Afro-Cuban and jazz traditions to create something entirely new.
Produced by leading reggae and dancehall producer and accomplished pianist, DJ Mista Savona – the ‘supergroup’ includes some of Cuba and Jamaica’s most influential musicians. Havana Meets Kingston sees this incredible team of musicians come together to bend and twist genres effortlessly.
Africa Oyé Hip Hop Showcase
Thursday 3rd February, 2022
Philharmonic Hall Music Room, Liverpool
Featuring MC Nelson, L100 Cypher, Philly D, DJ 2Kind, No Fakin’ DJs
The Africa Oyé Hip-Hop Showcase brought together a wealth of talent from Liverpool in a collaborative event that explored the eclecticism and depth of the genre, in collaboration with Liverpool hip-hop royalty No Fakin’ and L100.
Thursday 31st March, 2022
Future Yard, Birkenhead
Acclaimed South African cellist Abel Selacoe will be performing a joyful and life-affirming show in Birkenhead this March, presented by Manchester Collective, and featured as part of Africa Oyé’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
The world premiere of The Oracle will see Abel Selaocoe – Artist Page on cello, backed by the beat of African percussion, and joined by Manchester Collective to present a musical journey that ‘spans continents and generations, past and future’.
Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, Manchester Collective perform a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work to new audiences.