First artists revealed for Africa Oyé 2018

Binhan
 THE first wave of acts for this year's Africa Oyé have been revealed.

As one of the UK's largest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture, Africa Oyé will return to Sefton Park from 12.30pm on June 16 and 17 for two free days of live music, DJs, dance, workshops, food stalls and traders.

Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, the event now attracts more than 50,000 people from all over the world.

Kicking off the first wave of artists is singer-songwriter Binhan, kora player Sona Jobarteh and Guy One.

Breaking through the mold in Guinea Bissau back in 2008, Binhan's music has resonated with audiences across the globe, collaborating with the likes of Joss Stone and Super Mama Djombo.

Making her return to the festival, Sona Jobarteh has become a modern day pioneer in an ancient and male dominated tradition which has typically been exclusively passed down from father to son for the past seven centuries.

Hailing from Ghana, Guy One built up a passionate following in local villages across his home and will bring his kologo, a plucked lute with skin membrane which is regarded as the forerunner of the Western banjo.

Artistic director Paul Duhaney said: "The huge number of applicants to play this year's festival has been overwhelming, yet a real testament to how revered the event has become around the world. 

"It's been far too long since we had an artist from Guinea-Bissau so Binhan's appearance will be a perfect way to remedy that. Sona deserved a far bigger audience than she had on a rain-soaked day a couple of years ago, so we're really pleased to be able to bring her back. 

"And Guy One is one of those musicians that is a true master of his art - his set is going to be something really special."

For more information about the festival visit africaoye.com

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