Photo by Joao Wainer
Back2Black Festival, a celebration of the African roots in music and culture, is coming to town as part of the London 2012 festivities and will take place in Old Billingsgate Market in East London from June 29 to July 1.
Launched in Rio de Janeiro in 2009, the annual festival has established itself as one of the foremost cultural events in Brazil. Back2Black explores new ways of presenting music and aims to entertain, raise awareness and further cultural exchange, bringing Brazil back in touch with its African heritage.
This first London Back2Black festival features an impressive line-up and emphasises UK-African connections and communities including Afro-Caribbean artists and brings together a heady mix of different traditions and musical genres. Artists include Gilberto Gil (pictured), Hugh Masekela, Toumani Diabaté, Marcelo D2, Roots Manuva, Amadou & Mariam, Fatoumata Diawara, and Macy Gray to name a just a few.
The festival is produced by the Barbican, Zoocom Events and Serious and will also include talks, debates, exhibitions, drumming displays and workshops involving young musicians from East London and the Pracatum School from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
For more information or to book your tickets, visit the Back2Black Festival website.
Be sure to check out our Back2Black Festival Sampler bonus CD in the next issue (#84 June 2012, on sale April 27).