Festival of Africa 2010



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Festival of Africa
21st - 23rd May Cork City 2010

FRIDAY 21st MAY - 10.30 am (Free)


The Concert Hall -  Cork City Hall


Organised by NCP (New Communities Partnership)

Guest speakers Jeremiah Ndou (South African Ambassador) Catherine Muigai Mwangi (Kenyan Ambassador) plus a representative from the Nigerian Embassy discuss the social, economic and political changes and developments which have taken place in their countries.

Also Mike Fitzgibbon from University College Cork will be discussing how collaboration and development education is changing the livelihood of people in Ethiopia.

FRIDAY 21st MAY - 1.00 pm (Free)


Cork City Library - Grand Parade


Unity drums with Raj Padam

Cork School students display their West African drumming skills and Cork City African School children demonstrate their Irish Language skills

Official opening ceremony with Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Martin.


FRIDAY 21st MAY 8.00 PM

NAMANKUNDA DRUMMERS - outside The Pavilion in Carey's lane


FRIDAY 21st MAY - 9.00 pm


Followed by Africa Brasil DJs in the bar until 2.00 am

The Pavilion Careys Lane Cork


The Wailing Souls are one of the finest vocal harmony reggae groups from Jamaica. Like The Wailers, they were taught vocal perfection in the ghetto of Trench Town, Kingston by the late great Joe Higgs.

The Wailing Souls began recording for legendary producer Coxsone Dodd at Studio One in the early 70's. During the mid to late 70's they released some of the most essential roots reggae ever made for the infamous Channel One label. Their albums "Wild Suspense", "Inchpinchers" and "Fire House Rock" are bona fide reggae classics and produced some of the most enduring, crucial songs in Jamaican history.


The Wailing Souls saw large success in the early '90s featuring songs on soundtracks including the certified gold album for Disney's film Cool Runnings. Their 1992 album All Over The World also achieved a great deal of success for the group, selling over 800,000 copies. The Wailing Souls pushed the musical limits of the reggae genre with that release, blending sounds of funk R&B, and country into their roots tradition, securing their reputations as pioneers in the genre.

Fusing the harmonies of Motown with the roots and dancehall sounds of reggae, The Wailing Souls persist as one of the most powerful forces in Jamaican music. To this day, the group continues to release provocative, highly regarded albums and is one of the most popular live reggae acts on the scene. MORE INFO

€16.50/12 concs - 021 427 6230 -  www.pavilioncork.com



SATURDAY 22nd MAY- 1.00 pm


Camden Palace Hotel Camden Quay  (Free)


Sample free food from 7 different African nations, marvel  at the fashion parade showing off the latest African designs for men & women, join in the African dance workshops with Cyntia and dance to music from a number of African acts including the return of The Lace (probably Ireland’s first ever Soukous band) & Koko Tanjah from Congo (via Mali), Cork City African Gospel Choir, Sudanese Cultural Group, South African Dancers and other acts from the African community throughout the afternoon.

African Dance Workshop by Cyntia from ARK VG

Ladies & Gents fashion parade with African dress from designers Victoriano Dare & Bode Sanni from ARK VG in Kinsale Road


The Gala is arranged with help and involvement of The New Communities Partnership and ARK VG (The Kinsale Road Asylum Volunteers Group)


This Camden Palace Hotel has no alcohol license but The Abbey Ale House around the rear of the building has promised to open up for us at lunchtime so anyone with a mild thirst can  quench it with any of the 230 international beers they have in stock. Soft drinks will be available for purchase at the venue.

Zimbabwean Artist/Sculptor Blessing Sanyanga opens his studio/workshop on the ground floor for the day and exhibits his Shona Sculptures, serenaded by traditional music from his homeland.

Blessing conducts sculpture workshops in his studio and will be looking to sign-up students of all ages for sculpture lessons and workshops in the following weeks.




SATURDAY 22nd MAY - 10.00 pm
Sin E Coburg Street

Koko Tanjah was born in Kinshasa, Congo, in 1980. Early in his life he identified with the world of music.  At thirteen, Koko's parents decided to leave the DRC in search for political stability and peace and the family was scattered across West Africa. Koko's father left for Benin, and unfortunately he died without seeing his children and wife again. The title song from the Album 'Mwinda' (Light) is dedicated to him. The young Koko Tanjah continues his journey to Mali, where he arrives at 22 and will be joined by the rest of his family later. From there, Koko Tanjah works hard to integrate quickly into the local music scene in Bamako and not without result! First he made his break on radio and TV with his songs 'POLE POLE' and 'Nzambe Mokonzi', then his talent was recognized by the producer / artist Franco-Malian Manjul, who hired him on the label 'Humble Ark Records. This explosive musical cooperation produced the 2009 album 'Mwinda' with 11 tracks, rich and diverse.



               VISIT KOKO's MYSPACE


SUNDAY 23rd MAY - 11-00 am

Sunday Service at Mountain of Fire

Centre Park House, Centre Park Road Cork


Pastor Ola leads a special service dedicated to Africa & Ireland for Africa Day. Hosted by the Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries





Mountain of Fire Ministry - Centre Park House
             Centre Park Road Cork

SUNDAY 23rd MAY - 1.00 pm


Franciscan Well North Quay (Free)


Acoustic music from acts including Afresh Band from Zimbabwe, Daniel & Troka and Koko Tanjah with special beers in the courtyard of this popular Cork microbrewery and Sunday afternoon hangout.




SUNDAY 23rd MAY - 6.00 pm


Workshop - Film - Concert

Pavilion Carey’s Lane Cork (Free)


6.00 AFROBEAT WORKSHOP for musicians already playing rock/jazz/hip hop & African music with arranger/composer/bandleader Allen-Taylor Adeniyi. To apply for a workshop place click here or call/text 087 2694888 (advance booking only)





Presented with funding from the Music Network & Touring Award


Nigerian Afrobeat & highlife by Ireland's top all-Nigerian band and the launch of their Music Network funded tour of Ireland

Oleku Band formed in 2006 from a group of Nigerian musicians that had settled in and around Dublin over the preceding 6 years. Lead by composer/arranger Allen-Taylor Adeniyi, originally from Abeokuta in SW Nigeria the birth place of Fela Kuti, the band plays authentic Afrobeat and Highlife from their Nigerian (Yoruba) roots.

Singing lead vocals, mostly in Yoruba, Allen-Taylor also plays the Saxophone & Hammond XB2 organ with backing vocals supplied by his wife Tomilola, keyboardist Segun Akano and Trumpeter Otolorin ‘Oto’ Olalaleye. Oleku’s rhythm section features Segun Akano on keyboards with his brother Michael Akano on bass guitar and Felix Oludare on drums. Before moving to Ireland trumpeter ‘Otto’ was a musician in Femi Kuti’s band, ‘The Positive Force’ based in Lagos.

Oleku band made their debut Irish performance in 2007 at a festival in Cork City and have since graced many stages at festivals around Ireland, including The National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, and the Festival of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire.

Originally playing covers of songs by Fela & Femi Kuti all the songs in Oleku’s current repertoire are now written and arranged by Oleku Band.

Allen Taylor released his 3rd album, the spiritually inspired ‘Oba nla’ in early 2009,


“Some of the best music I ever heard”, anonymous farmer at the National Ploughing Championships Tullamore 2007.


Line up:

Allen-Taylor Adeniyi – Sax, Vocals, Hammond XB2 Organ

Otolorin ‘Oto’ Olalaleye – Trumpet, backing vocals, small percussion

Tomilola Allen-Taylor – Vocals, Shekere

Segun Akano – Keyboards, backing vocals

Michael Akano - Bass guitar

Felix Oludare – Drum kit


Watch Oleku on YouTube





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