Posted on February 18th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .


AFRIGANZA! hits Brighton’s shores

Playgroup, Brighton’s pioneers of the indoor festival, have added a new event to their repertoire. AFRIGANZA! – a four-day celebration of African music – will not only revel in the continent’s musical offerings but also showcase some of the many British acts Africa has inspired. Held over the weekend of March 14-17, this mini festival will include art, workshops, film and live performances. 

Headlining is Dele Sosimi and his full Afro-beat orchestra. In a career spanning over 30 years, he was the original keyboardist for close friend Fela Kuti, as well as acting as consultant on the National Theatre’s production of FELA! the musical.

Since its germination in 2008, the London Afrobeat Collective has gone from being a loose collection of over 30 international musicians to a streamlined, tight 12-piece band. Gathering increasing recognition, they have been championed by the likes of Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis and 6Music’s king of funk Craig Charles.

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyaté may hail from different cultures – unable even to speak the same language – yet they transcend these obstacles in their music, creating an indefinable fusion of Afro-beat, hip-hop, folk and reggae.

A four-day pass costs £20, and comes with a free music sampler with tracks from all of the key acts playing this year. A percentage of the proceeds will go towards Music As Therapy, a Sussex based charity working closely with Rwanda Aid to help children with disabilities to use music as a creative communication tool.

Full line up:

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra
London Afrobeat Collective
Bass Clef
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyaté
Island Cassettes
Kora King
Ye Ye Fever
Boy Mandeville
African Night Fever DJs
John Warr
Worm Food DJs

For tickets and information, click here 

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