UK Rapper SWAY Leads Festival Music Lineup Celebrating Afrobeat

UK Rapper SWAY Leads Festival Music Lineup Celebrating Afrobeat

The influential music of African artist Fela Kuti will be brought up to date in a series of live shows featuring leading British rapper Sway.

I Dream of Fela will tour Leicester, Manchester and Edinburgh in June as part of this year’s BASS Festival, which features a musical lineup that celebrates the best in black music.

The new commission will explore the influence that traditional African music, especially afrobeat, has on contemporary styles like hip hop, grime and garage. Baby J will lead a full band of live musicians, including MOBO award winner (‘Best Hip Hop Act’) Sway and percussionist Richard Olatunde Baker, to produce a live show of specially composed tracks.

BASS 2009 is this year ‘Inspired by Africa and Africans’, making the timely retrospective on Nigerian pioneer Fela Kuti even more relevant. The show, presented by Punch Records, will use

Catch I Dream of Fela at Leicester’s Peepul Centre on 12 June, Manchester’s Contact Theatre on 13 June and Edinburgh’s The Bongo Club on 14 June. Tickets cost £8 and are available to purchase from www.bassfestival.co.uk.

Region: All
Start Date: 12/06/2009
End Date: 14/06/2009
Start Time: 19:30
Venue: Peepul Centre / Contact Theatre / The Bongo Club
Celebs Attending: Sway, Baby J, MC, Richard Olat
Website: http://www.bassfestival.co.uk/
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