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1 April 2015

Africa Oye Announces More Acts For June Festival In Sefton Park

Africa Oye June Festival In Sefton Park

Africa Oye Announces More Acts For June Festival In Sefton Park

Africa Oye 2015
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015
12:30pm - 9:30pm both days /Admission: FREE

Funded by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council 

The UK’s largest, free African music festival Africa Oye will grace Sefton Park once again this summer and organisers have added 3 more globally acclaimed acts to the line-up.

Congolese pop star Gordon Masiala will return to Oye for the first time since 2009, bringing his brand of high tempo Soukous, Rumba, Salsa and Afro-Cuban music to Liverpool once again.

He will be joined in Sefton Park by one of Angola's most decorated performers - Derito. The author, composer, singer, guitarist and music producer has a career spanning nearly 40 years and is sure to be one of the stand-out performers this June.

And rounding off this latest wave of acts is Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho - part of the great line of Cissokho griots. well established in the UK, Diabel’s virtuosic talent, his “resonant voice and rocking kora style” (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican, where he performed alongside legends such as Femi Kuti.

These 3 acts will take their place alongside the likes of UK soul star Omar, Mali's own BKO Quintet and  Lindigo, hailing from Reunion Island. The final acts are set to be announced in April.

Now in its 23rd year, Africa Oye attracted record crowds of around 80,000 in 2014 to the two-day, family friendly city event.

Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney is excited at the challenge of following 2014's record-breaking event. “I'm so glad to be able to bring back Gordon Masiala after his last show here 6 years ago. Along with Diabel and Derito this is a great second wave of artists and I can't wait to reveal who else we've got lined up” .

The main stage acts will be complemented by the usual eclectic 'Oyé Village' featuring an array of foods from across the globe, traders, DJs, dance classes and workshops in the Active Zone, as well as kids entertainment to keep Sefton Park buzzing throughout the festival weekend.

*AMENDMENT: Sadly due to unforseen circumstances, Ibibio Sound Machine will not be performing at Oye 2015*

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