Hosted by BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Edu and led by DJ Muchi, the main stage features the heavy-weights of the Afro-UK music and dance scene. Amongst this sensational line-up we’ve got the hard-hitting KMT and the Nu-Mcs, a 20 strong squad, presenting “Griot to Rapper” a show that documents the vocal journey from Africa to America, consisting of Poets, African Drummers, Rappers and Beat Makers. The main bands on the stage are Inemo Samiama, who’ll be bringing you some of his own special blend of experimental afro beat, with the full force of a band made up of some of London’s most legendary African musicians. Festival favourite Koko Kanyinda is back with his enigmatic band Soukous Koumbele, who have been swinging hips around the world since the eighties, making them one of the most enduring and tightest Congolese bands in the UK. Experience some exceptional traditional sounds from Nickens Nkoso & Kasaï Masaï who have excavated rhythms from the most remote equatorial African villages and given them a modern twist.
Visitors can dance to a range of African beats such as Kwaito, Afro beat, High Life, Tassou and other beats that are erupting out of countries such as Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. Witness acrobats, drummers and dancers from Angola, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Cameroon, Mali, Togo, Sierra Leone and Sudan.
Savour the mouth-watering food from Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Ethiopia while travelling through the vibrancy, colour, noise and energy of an African market with stalls offering clothes, books, toys, games, accessories, ornaments and much more. There’s art from Zimbabwe and Zambia and interactive workshops in African mask making, Zulu Warrior dance classes by Nzinga Dance and Djembe drum workshops by The Afrocentre, as well as exciting demonstrations by the London Nigeria rugby team.
Hackney’s Finest stage, will be compared by comedian extraordinaire; E.DD.IE and will be featuring some of the best talent in Hackney; with performances ranging from gospel singing, street dancing and hip-hop to Kora players, masquerade performances and spoken word. Supporting this stage will be two inspiring doyens of the African hip-hop scene, African China and Breis.
Eat, drink and get down to the spirit, rhythms and tastes of Africa as Shoreditch Festival takes you on a journey through the culture of a continent.
Commenting on last year’s event, Festival Director Chris Westwood said:
“The huge success of last year’s event has convinced us to produce Shoreditch: Africa 06 again in this year’s Festival programme. We expect even more visitors to come together in the park and celebrate Africa in Shoreditch.”