MUSIC FESTIVAL – africa oye

SAT 18 & SUN 19 June 2011, 12:30 – 9:30pm in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Free to all

Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest celebration of African music and culture and takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength-to-strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand.

With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oyé seeks to redress the balance and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world.

The festival is also a truly international event that harnesses the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance. It has played host to artists from nations right across Africa and also programmes music from South America and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca and Reggae always a popular addition to the festivities.

But Africa Oyé is about more than music. Over 40 stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again be present at the Oyé village along with long time supporter ‘News From Nowhere’, one of the UK’s premier stockists of African music, with all the performing artists and much more on sale, it’s a great opportunity to not only take in some of the best roots music around, but take some home with you too.

The festival is happy to now confirm that reggae legend Marcia Griffiths is on board to headline the festival this year.

Known as The Queen of Reggae, Griffiths’ illustrious career has spanned six decades both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other top reggae performers. As the duo Bob and Marcia, Griffiths and Bob Andy hit #5 in the UK charts with their 1970 hit “Young Gifted and Black”. From there she moved on to sing with the I-Threes supporting none other than Bob Marley and the Wailers.

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