AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
The First African Festival by Africans in The Diaspora For Everyone
I believe there is definitely a need for an African Festival run and managed by Africans, programming the best and also undiscovered African talent in the diaspora. I plan to spend this year researching the Festival idea so it can be a reality in 2020. Please support us in this journey and respond to surveys and consultations we will be conducting this year. With enough funding, working with key partners I am hoping to present the findings and recommendations this summer.
One of my key partner is the popular Global Carnivalz Ltd which is led by another great African musician and strategist Pax Nindi FRSA who is the founder and CEO. Global Carnivalz are a London based company who deliver Festivals and Carnivals around the UK and worldwide. The company runs an artiste agency, publish books, lectures and through its CEO raise funds and sponsorship for its clients in UK and globally.
At present they direct the Hull International Carnival, World of Carnivals in Reading and London’s most loved and fast growing event Hackney Carnival. Pax is also the Vice President of the World Carnival Commission in Canada and an Assessor for the Arts council of England. Visit their website for more information.
Based in East London, GAHU Dramatics is an African music and dance group who also do African theatre in their work. Led by a highly respected Ghananian artist and community leader lady Florence Armah.
Since 2005 the group has been providing African based activities, events and workshops in East London. They perform throughout the country and have African artists based throughout the UK and Europe who also provide workshops and performances of original African music and dance.
Some of the places the group has performed include Hackney Carnival, Mayor of Lodon events, African Festival in Victoria Park and numerous other events in the capital.
Formed in London in 1969 by three Ghanaian and three Caribbean musicians, Osibisa played a central role in developing an awareness of African music among European and North American audiences in the 70’s.
The Ghanaian founder members of Osibisa – Teddy Osel (saxaphone), Sol Amarfio (drums) and Mac Tontah, Teddy’s brother (trumpet) – were seasoned members of the Accra highlife scene before they moved to London to launch their attack on the world stage. Osel and Amaflio had played in the Star Gazers, a top Ghanaian highlife band, before setting up the Comets, who scroed a large West African hit with their 1958 single ‘Pete, Pete’.