Born in Lagos’ ghetto Ajegunle, African China is an outspoken artist not afraid to address the wrongs in Nigeria such as corruption, a brilliant singer and an energetic live performer with breath-taking dance moves (Reggae from Nigeria comes complete with its own distinct dances). If you thought Reggae can only come from Jamaica, think again.
African China is currently in the UK until October. Make sure you don’t miss him (see performances below).
AFRICAN CHINA AT SHOREDITCH AFRICA 06 FESTIVAL THIS SUNDAY
You can catch African China this Sunday, 20 August 2006, at the Shoreditch
Africa 06 festival which will be taking place from 1pm till 7pm in
Haggerston Park, Audrey Street, off Goldsmith Row, near Queensbridge Road/
Hackney Road, London E2. The nearest tube stations are Liverpool Street and
Bethnal Green or you can take buses 26, 48 or 55. Admission is free.
African China will be performing on the main stage, 4.40pm.
Other great acts to catch on the main stage, which will be hosted by DJ Edu
(BBC 1Xtra) and DJ Muchi (Hoza Africa!), are Nickens Nkoso & Kasaï Masaï
(2pm), KMT and the Nu-Mcs (3.30pm), Inemo (4pm), Breis (5pm) and Koko
Kanyinda & Soukous Koumbele (6pm).
The festival also includes a second stage, plus lots of activities as well
as food and craft stalls. In 2005, over 10,000 people were attracted to
this free family day. Shoreditch Africa 06 is part of the Shoreditch
Festival and produced by Shoreditch Trust.
AFRICAN CHINA AT GMAG PARTY
Later the same day, Sunday, 20 August 2006, African China will be appearing
at the official G MaG launch party at Moonlighting Club in London’s West End
(17 Greek Street, London W1D 4DR).
G MaG is of course the new name of Gargamel Magazine, the UK-based magazine
covering the best in black music, including of course Reggae, from Jamaica,
US, UK, Africa and beyond.
The event starts at 8pm, and includes live performances and DJs. Expect to
see many familiar faces from the Reggae and black music industry.
Entrance is free.
AFRICAN CHINA ON RESONANCE FM
On 8 August African China was a guest on the African Essence show on
London’s first radio art station Resonance FM (104.4FM London). You can
listen to the show again by logging on to:
Scroll down to the 8 August show. The interview with African China starts 8
mins into programme.
AFRICAN CHINA ON BBC RADIO:
African China has been interviewed several times by the BBC in recent
months. In July he was talking exclusively on the BBC World Service music
programme The Beat about the Nigerian music scene and the brand-new CD
compilation ‘Lagos Stori Plenti – Urban Sounds from Nigeria’ (Out Here
Records) which features his hit song ‘Mr. President’. ‘Mr. President’ has
even been played on BBC Radio Scotland amongst other stations.
As part of the BBC coverage of the recent Nigeria Music Awards African China
was interviewed by the BBC World Service and BBC Radio Five Live. You can
listen to both programmes online.
BBC World Service:
Go to ³Listen to the programme² (right hand side), then click on ³Weekend
Network². The report with the interview starts 44:10 mins into the programme (you can
forward to it by moving the dot on the line to the right). The programme will stay online till this Friday.
BBC Radio 5 Live:
Then click on:
Listen again to ³Up All Night²
SUN (= Sunday edition)
The report with the interview starts 37:00 mins into the programme (you can forward to 37 mins into the programme by sliding the dot on the line to the right). The programme will stay online till this Friday.
UPCOMING SHOWS WITH AFRICAN CHINA IN LONDON
Some dates for your diary:
Monday, 28 August 2006
Notting Hill Carnival after party, London – more info soon
Thursday, 31 August 2006
Afrobeat Central at Ram Nightclub, 26 North Woolwich Road, Silvertown, London E16 2AB, 8pm-3am, admission £5-£20.
Saturday, 2 September 2006
Out Of This World at Inn on the Green (http://www.iotg.co.uk ), 3-5 Thorpe
Close, London W10 5XL, Ladbroke Grove tube station, 8pm-1am, admission £6/£4.
Also with Fusing Naked Beats (Outer Perspective) + DJ Debbie
Saturday, 30 September 2006
Camden libraries Black History Month launch at Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA, 7pm – 9pm (African China onstage at 8.30pm).Free admission.
Plus watch out for him performing at Nigeria Independence.