With too many negative stories of war, AIDS, poverty and famine about, Oyé aims to focus on the incredible range of cultures, foods, musicians and artists who hail from Africa, and promote the continent in a positive way.
The festival is also a truly international event that harnesses the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance. It has played host to artists from nation’s right across Africa, and also programs music from South America and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca, and Reggae always a popular addition to the festivities.
This year, Oyé promises many delights including the return of Les Freres Guisse from Senegal, who played to much acclaim at Oyé 03, The Jerry Can Band from Egypt, Massokos from Mozambique, Body Mind and Soul from Malawi and Kenge Kenge from Kenya. Also returning by popular demand are the Odemba OK Jazz All Stars, who are one of the best live acts on the circuit, plus many more to be confirmed.
But Africa Oyé is about more than music. Stalls selling the best food, drink, Arts and Crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again be
present at the Oyé village and there will also be face painting, bouncy castles, and a mobile climbing wall to keep the kids happy.
Oyé 2008 will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 and The Africa Channel (Sky channel 281) for future broadcast in the UK, Africa and The Caribbean.