Africa Oyé: Guide to this year's event at Sefton Park

RETURNING this weekend for a 26th year, Africa Oyé is set to be bigger and better than ever.

As one of the UK's largest free celebrations 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.'

What better way to celebrate Father's Day this Sunday than to get the whole family down to Sefton Park to enjoy sunshine and activities.

Here's our guide to the festival:

Main stage

  • Community Performance: Juba do Leão feat. Movema (UK) - 12.30pm
  • Oyé Introduces: Remée (UK) - 1.10pm
  • Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar) - 2pm
  • Kasai Masai (DR Congo) - 3.35pm
  • Marema (Senegal) - 5.05pm
  • Sona Jobarteh (Gambia) - 6.35pm
  • Rocky Dawuni (Ghana) - 8.15pm

Trenchtown DJs
  • Medicine Men - 12.30pm to 1.30pm 
  • DJ Lord Borthbury - 1.30pm to 2.30pm 
  • Radio Exotica - 2.30pm to 3.30pm 
  • Danny Fitzgerald - 3.30pm to 4.30pm 
  • Bolts (So Flute) & Holmesy - 4.30pm to 5.30pm 
  • Blood N Bone - 5.30pm to 6.30pm 
  • Hustle DJs & Zacharia Soul - 6.30pm to 8pm 
  • Ex-Friendly & Joff (Truth & Lies Music) - 8pm to 9pm 

Freetown DJs
  • Wide Open DJs - 1pm to 2pm
  • Flossy (Down 2 Funk) - 2pm to 3pm 
  • Dave Butcher & Nu Tribe - 3pm to 4pm
  • Funkdub - 4pm to 5pm
  • Calisto - 5pm to 6pm
  • Thomas White - 6pm to 7pm
  • Sub Cora - 7pm to 8pm
  • Melodic Distraction (Aitman & Zaremba) - 8pm to 9pm 

Active Zone
  • Côco – Movema and Juba do Leão - 1pm to 1.30pm 

A fun and simple social dance from the north east of Brazil accompanied by Juba do Leão, a floor-shaking Brazilian band from Manchester!

  • Congelese Dance Session - 2pm to 2.30pm 

Main Stage Artist, Kasai Masai, will bring the moves and sounds from the Democratic Republic of Congo right to Sefton Park.

  • Music Jam - Our Neck of the Woods - 2.30pm to 3pm 

As seen on Church Street, a session for everyone to groove to the beat of their own drum. The aim is to encourage creative confidence, spontaneity, and connection through rhythmical communication.

  • ‘World In A Box’ - 3pm to 3.30pm 

A great session for all the family to learn and celebrate culture, language, and celebrations through dancing to exciting rhythms, using props and instruments from around the world.

  • Salsa // Movema: Pei Tong - 4pm to 4.30pm 

Fun Salsa class with solo and partner work. Dance to the Afro-Latin rhythms of Puerto Rico and Cuba.

  • Afro-Caribbean Dance // Talisha Thomas-Lindsay - 5pm to 5.30pm 

Get in the Caribbean groove to Soca, Dancehall and AfroBeat tunes and learn the latest and freshest moves with this wonderful dancer.

  • Unlock the Box - 5.30pm to 6pm 

Dance Battle in partnership with Afrobeats Liverpool, all 18 and unders welcome. Live DJ’s, 4 age categories and a stage.

After Parties
  • DJ Marfox and Esa at 24 Kitchen Street - 10pm to 4am
  • High Life at Kazimier Garden - 8pm to 2am
  • Afrobeats Liverpool at Fusion Function Suite, Fleet Street - 10.30pm to 6am TICKETS
  • Afro Bantu at The Reeds, London Street - 10pm to late
  • Africa Oyé After Party w/ Remee at Sound on Duke Street - 8pm to 1am TICKETS

Main stage
  • Community Performance: Staged Kaos (UK) - 12.30pm
  • Oyé Introduces: MC Nelson (UK) - 1.10pm
  • Nifeco Costa (Guinea-Bissau) - 2pm
  • Son Yambu (Cuba) - 3.35pm
  • Lura (Cape Verde) - 5.05pm
  • Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (Benin) - 6.35pm
  • Inner Circle (Jamaica) - 8.15pm

Trenchtown DJs
  • Melodic Distraction (Tom Lye and Lupini) - 12.30pm to 2pm 
  • Red Kite - 2pm to 3pm 
  • Josh Ray (Fire House) - 3pm to 4pm 
  • George Luke - 4pm to 4.45pm 
  • DJ Mayeva - 4.45pm to 5.30pm 
  • Dub Defenders - 5.30pm to 6.30pm 
  • Marley & Vegas - 6.30pm to 8pm 
  • Dharma Collective - 8pm to 9pm 

Freetown DJs
  • Jess Gascoigne - 1pm to 2pm 
  • Chris McBride - 2pm to 3pm 
  • No Fakin’ - 3pm to 4pm 
  • Schmame Industries - 4pm to 5pm 
  • Bernie Connor - 5pm to 6pm
  • Joseph Kaye - 6pm to 7pm 
  • Rich Furness - 7pm to 8pm
  • Giovanna (Sisbis) - 8pm to 9pm 
Active Zone 

  • Yoga – Healthy Souls // Natasha Wilksberg - 1pm to 1.45pm 

A unique blend of yoga and live African-influenced music, combining yoga practice with the means of connecting with others.

  • World Fusion // Movema - Penny Caffrey - 2pm to 2.30pm

A special edition version of the signature class taking you around the world to dance to the rhythms of the African diaspora with expert world dance practitioners.

  • African Drum Workshop // Liver Drummers - 2.30pm to 3pm

Play along with traditional and modern West African rhythms. Drums provided.

  • African Dance Performance and workshop // Movema & Liver Drummers – Maria Malone - 3pm to 3.30pm

Starting with an energising dance demo of ‘Balakiuandjan’, then followed by a workshop for all to learn traditional move to nourish your mind and body.

  • Capoeira Suitable for ages 4+ // Capoeira for All - Instructors Jason & Fada - 4pm to 4.30pm

Capoeira is a fascinating Afro-Brazilian art form combining elements of dance, martial art, music and culture.

  • Pandeiro- Milena Sá - 4.30pm to 5pm

Learn vibrant Brazilian tambourine rhythms such as Côco, Samba, Funk Choro, Maracatu, Ciranda and Capoeira with this expert musician all the way from Brazil.

  • Samba de Roda // Movema - Maria Malone & Milena Sá - 5pm to 5.30pm

Dancing, pandeiro and singing combine in this wonderful workshop celebrating traditions from Afro-Brazilian culture.

Afrobeats zone and One A Penny Sound
Saturday and Sunday
  • DJ Chento (Afrobeats Liverpool)
  • DJ Acapony (Afrobeats Liverpool)
  • Little Billy & Lieutenant (One A Penny)
  • Code 1084 (DJ Shots & DJ Billy)
  • DJ Edu (BBC 1XTRA)

For more information and to view the online brochure visit

To pledge your support to help keep Africa Oyé running text ‘DYYV03’ then your donation amount to 70070.


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