7 May 2015

Africa Oye Announces Full Live Line-Up - Including Reggae Legend Frankie Paul

Africa Oye Announces Full Live Line-Up Frankie Paul

Africa Oye Announces Full Live Line-Up - Including Reggae Legend Frankie Paul

The UK’s largest, free African and Caribbean music festival Africa Oyé will grace Sefton Park once again this summer and organisers have now revealed the full main stage line-up for the event.

New additions to the line-up include dancehall reggae legend Frankie Paul and  Kenya's own Sarabi as well as Modou Toure and Ramon Goose who will bring their West African Blues Project to Sefton Park for the masses. The African disapora will also be well represented again  this year with Peru's Cumbia All Stars being added to the bill.

Frankie Paul is often referred to as Jamaica's Stevie Wonder, and not just because of his visual impairment. Like Wonder, he is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range. He was also an extraordinarily prolific part of the first wave of dancehall artists; he started his recording career in earnest during the early 80s and has since flooded the market with product, releasing countless singles and well over 30 albums.

To keep Sefton Park buzzing in between the live artists, Africa Oye is very pleased to welcome back DJ Edu (BBC Radio 1 Xtra) and Esa Williams after their hugely popular appearances at last year's festival. In the coming weeks, Oye will also be announcing one more special guest set for the festival weekend, bringing a particular legendary British DJ and broadcaster to the festival for the first time.

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

Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney is particularly pleased at the variety of acts set to grace the Sefton Park stage in 2015. “ I think this year's line-up really sums up what Oye is musically all about" Duhaney said. "We've got Africa and the wider diaspora, the Caribbean, South America and the UK all represented by stellar artists who will no doubt make lots of new fans in Liverpool this year. Let's hope for more of last year's weather; either way we're in for another fantastic festival".

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. The main stage support acts and community performances will also be announced very soon.

Africa Oye 2015 Live Line-Up

Omar (UK)
Frankie Paul (Jamaica)
BKO Quintet (Mali)
Diabel Cissokho (Senegal)
Gordon Masiala and NKA Musica (DR Congo)
Lindigo (Réunion)
Derito (Angola)
Sarabi (Kenya)
Cumbia All Stars (Peru)
Modou Toure and Ramon Goose (Senegal/UK)

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