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Loads going on in Trafalgar Square this weekend! If you’re down in London town be sure to check this out and see some performances from the likes of Oye stars Yaaba Funk abd Dj Edu! Africa on the Square returns to Trafalgar Square for the fourth time on Saturday 14 October.

This popular event continues to grow with over 25,000 attending last year as it celebrates African arts and culture.

The main stage at Africa on the Square includes a host of exciting performances from musicians representing a broad range of African countries including Sudan, Cameroon, Madagascar, Ghana, Morocco and Mali.

Stage Running Order

12:00 DJ Edu
12:15 Nogabe Randriaharimalala
12:45 DJ Edu
13:00 Amira Kheir
13:30 Parade
14:00 Jay Johnson
14:15 Talent Show
14:30 DJ Edu
14:45 MOBO Choir
15:00 DJ Edu
15:15 Muntu Valdo
15:30 DJ Edu
15:45 Gnawa Blues All Stars
16:15 DJ Edu
16:30 Fashion Show
17:00 Djembe Thunder
17:15 DJ Edu
17:30 Yaaba Funk

As well as a bumper programme of music and entertainment on the main stage Africa on the Square also features lots of fun workshops for all the family to get involved taking place throughout the day.

– West-African Drumming & Dance
– Football Kick
– Animal Mask Making
– Mosaics Making
– Jewellery & Beads Making
– Screen-printing
– Facepainting & Traditional Moroccan Henna Tattoo
– Massage Therapy
– Hair Braiding

Africa on the Square is organised by the Mayor of London for Black History Month 2017.

The Mayor organises and supports lots of different events to celebrate the many cultures and communities of London.

For more information visit www.london.gov.uk/africa

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Featuring the likes of Eddie Kadi and Fuse ODG, BASS2017 is a holistic celebration of the arts, culture and and artists, both from the continent itself and from those based in the UK.

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Featuring the likes of Eddie Kadi and Fuse ODG, BASS2017 is a holistic celebration of the arts, culture and and artists, both from the continent itself and from those based in the UK.

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Blick Bassy LIVE

Nov 25, 8:00pm - Nov 25, 11:00pm

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Hope St
Liverpool,  L1 9BP Map

As part of Africa Oyé's 25th Anniversary celebrations, Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy will perform with his three-piece band at Liverpool Philharmonic on Saturday 25 November, in association with Mellowtone.

Following the acclaimed release of Akö - an idiosyncratic yet infectiously catchy blend of guitar, banjo, cello, trombone and the artist’s soulful voice - Blick Bassy returns to Liverpool.

Akö, which received major acclaim in France, has been praised by the likes of The Guardian, The Observer, London Evening Standard and Songlines Magazine. And, as well as being played by Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Cerys Matthews on 6 Music and by Max Reinhardt and Mary Anne Kennedy on BBC Radio 3, Blick’s music was chosen by Apple for a worldwide ad campaign.

Written and sung by Blick Bassy - in Bassa, one of some 260 spoken languages in Cameroon - and accompanied by a unique ensemble of guitar, banjo, cello and trombone - Akö’s eleven sparklingly original tracks are a musical revelation. By chance, the studio they hired to record the album was directly below the offices of Nø Førmat!, the innovative French label run by Laurent Bizot, who happened to hear the results of this unlikely yet inspired musical alchemy.

As Laurent relates, “when I heard the first song Aké, I was stunned. It sounded like a dream, so light, a voice floating in the sky. Production was minimal but bold and the music had a feel not often heard with African songwriters. The lack of budget, the time restraints and the restriction to three musicians has conjured something entirely unique and very fresh.”

The show in Liverpool is part of Africa Oyé's 25th Anniversary celebrations, which also sees Kanda Bongo Man (7th Oct) and Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita (15th Nov) play the Philharmonic this Autumn.
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