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Festival of African Music & Culture
Celebrating Africa Day in Cork City May 22 - 25th
In association with Irish Aid
Thursday 22nd
Visual Representations of Africa chaired by Nora Hickey
(Picture 'Untitled' by Paul Seawright from the UCC Art Collection)
For more info and booking enquiry contact Nora Hickey
Lewis Glucksman Gallery UCC Cork - 5.00 pm FREE ENTRY
Thursday 22nd
with support from DJ Bellyman
Savoy Theatre, Patrick Street Cork
Reggae's leading 'loverman' Gregory Isaacs is about to play his first gig in Ireland.
Born into poverty in 1950 in Fletchers Land, Kingston Jamaica, Gregory worked as an electrician and cabinet maker before turning to music and forming a group called the Concords. When success eluded them, Gregory decided on a solo career and released “Dancing Floor” with ska legend Prince Buster. But it was his own African Museum label, formed with friend Errol Dunkley that started his extraordinary run of hits  -   reggae classics such as  “Love is Overdue, “Soon Forward” “Black A Kill Black” and “Night Nurse”, later recorded by Simply Red, Gregory's astute social commentary combined with the intimate tenderness of his vocal style makes him unique. So enjoy a rare opportunity to see one of reggae's greats ‘live an direk’ - the Cool Ruler in person.
Friday 23rd (afternoon)
African Vocal Workshop with
Cork School of Music
2 - 4pm FREE
N'Faly Kouyate, charismatic performer and core member of the Afro Celt Sound System will lead a workshop on African polyphonic singing. N’Faly will give an introduction to African polyphonic and polyrhythmic music and to the Kora (African harp), and as a group, participants will create a rich vocal tapestry of interweaving melodies and voices. N’faly joyfully follows in the footsteps of his father, seeing his preordained role of griot or traditional storyteller as both a responsibility and a means of explaining the beauties of the Manding culture of West Africa to the rest of the world.
For more info and booking enquiry contact Nora Hickey
Friday 23rd  
Listen to audio clip of N'Faly Kouyate
Crane Lane Theatre Phoenix Street
8.00 pm 15 Euros Entry
- - - - - - - - WIN FREE TICKETS TO TINARIWEN AT THIS SHOW - - - - - - -
Buy a ticket to this show and go into a free draw for Tinariwen at Cork Opera House June 21st

Since 1997, N'Faly has been a permanent member of the Afro-Celts, contributing kora and voice to many of their award winning albums and performing live with them on stage throughout the world.

His band, Dunyakan, make music with the traditional instruments of West Africa like the kora, djembe and balafon, but also integrate the 'western' sound of the bass and drums. Their inspiration comes from jazz, traditional West African story-telling, rock and the sweet polyphonies of N'Faly's native Guinea. It's a potent mix and N'Faly is a tireless advocate of his own Manding roots, and West African music in general.

The Manding people populate vast swathes of West Africa. Their culture is one of the richest and deepest in the region and their griots are famed far and wide. The Kouyates of Guinea are a renowned griot clan and N'Faly Kouyate has taken their skill for improvisation and kora playing, inherited from his father, Konkoba Kabinet Kouyate, to new audiences the world over. Andy Morgan

Tickets 15 Euros from Plug'd Records Washington Street & on the door (booking fee may apply)
To purchase advance tickets by cheque or postal order without booking fee click here
Saturday 24th
New Communities Partnership with children's workshops, talks, African food and cultural displays - From midday Crane Lane Theatre FREE
Saturday 24th
Listen to audio clip of Oleku
Crane Lane Theatre Phoenix Street
3.00 pm FREE
The classic Jazzy, West-African sound of Afrobeat and High Life from this all Nigerian Septet. Read more.....
Oleku had the farmers dancing in their wellies at last years National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore and prompted one aul farmer to say "I think this is the best music I ever heard" (and he wasn't even drunk!) To view a short video clip  of Oleku playing at the 2007 NPC click here
Saturday 24th
MOTEMA from The Congo
Crane Lane Theatre
5.30pm FREE
Featuring Niwel Tsumbu on guitar Motema play authentic Congolese roots, Rumba & Soukous. Flavoured with lots of Latin influence, Congolese Rumba & Soukous is massively popular across the entire continent of Africa and great dance music.
One of the busiest African bands in Ireland, Niwel Tsumbu & Motema are frequently spotted at festivals around the country, on radio and tv. Read more...........
Saturday 24th
Niwel Tsumbu & Friends unplugged
Sin E Coburg Street
9.30 pm FREE
Acoustic roots and African
jazz with Niwel Tsumbu and
friends in this popular local pub
Saturday 24th
DJ Lex Woo + AFRONOVA musicians in-the-mix
Afrobeat - Latin - Arabic - HipHop - Hard Jazz
Crane Lane 11.00 pm  - LATE - FREE
Sunday 25th
All Day Pig Roast - Barbecue and sound system with acoustic Musicians & DJs Reggae, Latin, African, Jazz and more hosted by Rory McGovern
Franciscan Well, North Mall
from 2.00 pm FREE
Sunday 25th
West African Dance Workshop
Learn West African dance moves
with accomplished dancer and
singer, Aida, originally from the
Ivory Coast. The workshop offers
an introduction to the rhythms and
dance movements of West Africa.
Special introductory 90 minute
class for only €5
Crane Lane Theatre 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Class limited to 20 persons please contact us to reserve your place
Sunday 25th
Afro Saxon Man
Sin E, Coburg Street
9.00 pm FREE
Acoustic Session with Chris Percival & friends
For details on other events
 around Ireland celebrating Africa Day please click on the logo below

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