Event & Tour News
Ethiopia Records, innovators of ther Ethiopiyawi electronic music scene has launched a fundraiser due to the COVID pandemic putting in jeopardy the future of the label and its staff based in Addis Ababa.
The fundraiser is for a 10 track double EP called Wel (ወል) with 2 videos and an array of works of art to be released in November 2020.
Supporters of the Wel project can receive various goodies including a pre-order copy of the EP to a private virtual tour and interactive music lessons
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of Africa’s greatest bands, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab. To celebrate this remarkable milestone, the band has announced the issue of their landmark 2002 reunion album ‘Specialist In All Styles’ for the first time ever on vinyl, on September 25th.
An acoustic version of the 2017 album ‘Mogoya’ will be released by Nø Førmat digitally on June 19, 2020, with physical formats available from August 28, 2020.
The album simply named ‘Acoustic’ is a totally unplugged ‘live’ studio recording with the same members who played with Oumou at the London EartH show in April 2019 that celebrated the 15th anniversary of her label Nø Førmat.
You can view the album trailer here.
Africadelic the annual event in Amsterdam that celebrates International Africa day has organised a 12-hour live streaming event on 25 May
With over 15 confirmed artists so far including ONIPA, Blick Bassy, and Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, it promises to be an enthralling day of performances and lively debates. There is also 2 days of contemporary African cinema available on demand too.
NOT TO BE MISSED!
Full details of how to watch here
The UK’s first annual African cultural festival is set to be held in the West Midlands this summer. Described as a “party for all things Africa”, Ubuntu Pride will celebrate African culture through traditional music, arts, dance and food.
It is expected to take place outdoors in Coventry on August the 1st and 2nd, with final confirmations due to be held in the coming months.
Tamikrest, the Tuareg (kel tamasheq) desert blues band from the Sahel region embark on a huge European tour and play in the UK at Rich Mix, London on Saturday 23rd May 2020.
Their latest album Tamotait meaning ‘hope for a positive change’ which reflects the turbulent political times in northern Mali and the surrounding area, will be released on 27th March 2020.
Fatoumata Diawara announces UK tour dates for January and February 2020.
Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights on her new album FENFO.
NOT TO BE MISSED!
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A unique festival experience is coming to London this November, it will showcase a feast of talent through art, music, fashion, and food from Egypt, in a vibrant and fun-filled way.
The first ever Egyptian festival in Europe, the programme promises to be an extravaganza of discovery into contemporary Egypt and for the Egyptian community to come together and celebrate their culture and heritage.
The Egyptian Cultural Festival is on the 9th and 10th of November
On tour, this coming Autumn are Rafiki Jazz.
A 9 piece global collective, spanning from Africa, India, the Middle East, South America and Europe.
Their ‘Closeup’ live shows are powerful and absorbing, capturing the imagination of distant lands, that reflect the band’s multiple faith, language and culture.
Rafiki Jazz will be playing songs from their latest album ‘Saraba Sufiyana’ (Mystic Utopia) available this October.
Expect beautiful voices, with the unity and diversity of modern world music, which journeys into migration, history and heritage.
To celebrate Namibia’s 30th year of Independence, SOAS Music is hosting a unique exhibition in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London.
Chronicling the intimate stories, songs and experiences of those who shaped Namibian popular culture during some of the most repressive years of Apartheid rule.
A fascinating insight shown through video projection that revisits the dance styles of the 1950s-80s. Listening stations featuring Namibia’s music legends.
Interviews with musicians and contemporary witnesses.
An extensive collection of photographs, record covers and music memorabilia.
FULL TOUR DATES
Performing Paul Simon’s Classic album ‘Graceland’ in its entirety.
“A truly uplifting and inspiring experience – maximum joy!”
Zimbabwean born multi instrumentalist, dancer and actress, Anna Mudeka, brings her tour de force show, Kure Kure/ Faraway across the UK over summer and autumn 2019.
The one-woman theatre show includes traditional and contemporary music, projected visuals, soothing song, energetic dance and spoken word.
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