Africa Oye 2011


The UK’s largest celebration of African music and culture
Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2011
12:30pm-9:30pm on both days

Admission: £5 day ticket (under 12s free entry)
TICKETS available at from 1st February
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Fatoumata Diawara – Mali
Kakeyce Fotso – Cameroon
Mlimani Park Orchestra – Tanzania
Bonga – Angola
Miriem Hassan – Sahara
Damily – Madagascar
Cheny – Mozambique
Abdou Diop – Senegal
More TBC
*Please check for programme updates and up to date news

Africa Oyé is the largest live African music festival in the UK, which takes place every June in the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool. Having grown from humble beginnings to being the biggest African music festival in the UK, Africa Oyé is now one of the biggest in Europe.

Last year’s festival attracted crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the UK…and it’s still growing. Africa Oyé is a registered charity and partially funded by the Arts Council of England North West and Liverpool City Council, in addition to sponsorship, advertising, in kind support and the revenue generated from pitched traders, merchandise, and the Oyé Beer Tent.

The vibrant and inspiring event proved to be an integral part of Liverpool’s celebrations of European Capital of Culture in 2008 and continues to add a more diverse element to the city’s already renowned rich heritage in arts, music and literature. As well as live music, the festival features The Oyé Village comprised of over 60 stalls selling food and drink from all over the world, arts & crafts, African clothing, hair demonstrations, face painting, and much more. Over the last 19 years Africa Oyé has hosted artists from South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Guinea Conakry, Senegal, Angola, Mali, Lesotho, Ghana, Somalia, Morocco, Jamaica, Dominica, Cuba, Algeria, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Benin and Cape Verde, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad & Tobago. Some of Africa’s biggest artists and stars of world music have appeared at Africa Oyé over the years including Freddie McGregor, Peter Tosh, Michael Rose, Femi Kuti, Baaba Maal, Rebecca Malope, Habib Koite, Tinariwen, The Morgan Family Heritage, The Soul Brothers, Thomas Mapfumo, Luciano, The Gangbe Brass Band, Tiken Jah Fakoly, La Excelencia, Culture, Misty in Roots, Les Freres Guisse and Kanda Bongo Man to name but a few.

Touring and Trading
Africa Oyé launched an additional strand of work in April 2009, funded by the Arts Council, called Oyé Touring and Trading. Along with 4 other national organisations (Serious, Punch Records, Joyful Noise, and CMAT) and as part of the Black Routes network, Oyé produced two 2 national tours and a Learning and Participation Project called The Legacy Roots and Music in Liverpool which will continue throughout 2011. The first two tours were with Jamaican Reggae legend Freddie McGregor in June and Odemba OK Jazz All Stars from DR Congo in September 2009. Last year saw To’Mezclao tour the UK and this year we are touring Les Freres Guisse who kick off a run of 9 UK dates at the Picket in Liverpool on March 17th.

Health and Participation
2010 was the Year of Health and Well Being in the Liverpool region, and with this in mind Oyé introduced The Health, Learning, and Participation Zone at the Africa Oyé festival, featuring :
* African and Caribbean Dance Workshops by Movema
* Drumming and Percussion Workshops with local community group Beatlife and Glastonbury’s Chai Chapel
* Guitar Workshops
* Vocal coaching
* Capoeira Brazilian Martial Arts performances and demonstrations
* A mobile climbing wall
* Holistic therapies
* African massages
* Info stalls about health and well being
These additions will remain in place for the 2011 festival and will see Africa Oyé continue to grow as the Year of Health and Well Being becomes the Decade of Health and Well Being. These events will take place in a designated area on the festival site with its own PA system, marquee(s), performance area, platforms, and risers for public viewing and participation.
For updates on tours and learning and participation projects please visit

The Oyé Village
Featuring food, arts and crafts from around the world, as well as children’s entertainment including bouncy castles and face painting, there is something for all the family.
Once again, this year The Oyé Inn will be a welcome addition to the festival. It will feature a state of the art 500 capacity beer tent selling ice cold draught lager, selected spirits, and soft drinks which will all be available at affordable prices and served in a safe environment. To help to keep Africa Oyé a sustainable celebration of music, culture and community, please buy a pint from the Inn.
Please remember – Africa Oyé is a family friendly festival, please drink responsibly.