First artists revealed for Africa Oyé 2019

BCUC (Jeanne Abrahams)
THE FIRST wave of acts for this year's Africa Oyé festival have been revealed.

Returning to Sefton Park on 22 and 23 June for its 27th anniversary, the festival is gearing up to create another bring the very best music and culture from Africa along with DJ sets and multi-arts workshops.

Taking centre stage will be South Africa's BCUC - a seven-piece indigenous funk band, making them one of the country's most successful musical exports.

Their music derives from a blend of genres across the ages and draws inspiration from indigenous music.

Also announced is Algerian singer Sofiane Saidi who will join forces with Mazalda to create a fresh take on 80s Rai music.

More artists are set to be revealed soon.

Africa Oyé's artistic director, Paul Duhaney said: "We had the pleasure of hosting BCUC last year at District when we celebrated the announcement of the plans to build a new Nelson Mandela memorial in Princes Park and I knew we had to bring them back to the festival so more people could experience their incredible live show.

"And Sofiane was someone my team and I were able to see perform live in person at last year's WOMEX world music expo and his set just blew us away."

Returning to the festival this year will be The Oyé Active Zone, DJ stages Trenchtown and Freetown, as well as the Oyé Introduces and community programmes, which sees local acts from the North West open the event each day.

The Africa Oyé festival will take place from 12.30pm until 9.30pm on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 and entrance is free.

For more information about the festival visit africaoye.com

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