UPDATE: Africa Oye Win 'Inspiration Award' at this year's GIT Awards on Merseyside - http://www.peterguy.merseyblogs.co.uk/2014/04/forest-swords-wins-git-award-2.html
Oye Named in Songlines 'Top 10 UK Summer Festivals' For 5th Year Running - http://www.songlines.co.uk/world-music-news/2014/03/the-songlines-guide-to-the-best-festivals-of-2014/
OYE REVEAL THAT FINLEY QUAYE WILL HEADLINE THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL!
PLUS: JUPITER & OKWESS INTERNATIONAL (DR CONGO), WARA (CUBA) AND HAJAMADAGASCAR & THE GROOVY PEOPLE (MADAGASCAR)
Funded by Arts Council England
& Liverpool City Council
Location: Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 2014
12:30pm - 9:30pm both days
'This isn’t just the largest festival of African and Caribbean music in Britain, it's the best'
- The Sunday Times
'Perhaps Britain's best free festival'
- Clash Magazine
The UK’s largest, free African music festival Africa Oye returns this summer and can unveil a globally acclaimed line up headed up by reggae / trip hop star Finley Quaye.
Rising to fame in the 90’s, Finley Quaye's sound made waves across the globe and he topped the UK charts with hIts like ‘Even After All’ and ‘Sunday Shining’.
His debut album Maverick A Strike was an instant success racking up multi platinum record sales. Finley Quaye (whose relatives include Afrobeat purveyor Femi Kuti and trip hop star Tricky) will play a mix of classic and new material when he brings his warm Sunshine sounds to the stage.
The team at Africa Oye can’t wait until the Scottish-born, Mobo and BRIT award winning legend Finley lands in Sefton Park to headline on Saturday.
Now in its 22nd year, Africa Oye attracted around 30,000 in 2013 to the two-day, family friendly city event, and the team are over the moon with this year’s line up. Jupiter & Okwess International have a unique story; Jupiter was born into a family of griots from the Mongo region. His grandmother was a renowned healer and she taught him how to play traditional rhythms to heal the sick at a young age. As a teen his family moved to Berlin, where he collaborated with European musicians before returning to the Congo. A documentary about his musical exploration called “The Dance of Jupiter” was released in 2007 and his album Hotel Universe was released last year to critical acclaim. Jupiter also collaborated with Damon Albarn to feature on the album “Kinhasa One Two” in 2011.
Also joining the bill are London based Cuban 9-piece band Wara, playing a mix of latin funk, hip hop and rumba. Bending genres with gusto, band members hail from across the globe; from Argentinia to Spain and this unique mix defines them.
Next up on the bill is HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People who create Afro trance, in a project that gathers musicians from across Africa and the Diaspora. Rooted in Malagasy tradition (the spiritual music of Madagascar) the charismatic groups live show delivers immense energy, and is a must-see education for music lovers!
This year Africa Oye will be bigger and better than ever! The family friendly, non camping show features workshops, the Oye Active Zone, DJ tent, world cuisine and the Oye Traders Market on top of the sterling main stage line up.
Headliner `Finley Quaye says:
"It's an honour to be headlining Africa Oye in Liverpool; Songwriter City as I often refer to it. It's a privilege for us to be gracing the stage in Sefton Park; a park I often talk about and we are also blessed to be part of such a prestigious event and line up."
Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney says:
“There are some stunning artists coming to perform in Liverpool from Africa and all over the diaspora in 2014. We've got more fantastic traders and stalls and of course the best festival audience in the UK.”
Arts Council England says:
“The Arts Council aims to achieve great art and culture for everyone and Oyé contributes significantly to this, ensuring that talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated. Oyé supports new and innovative work to ensure it can reach more and more people, both nationally and internationally.”