Headliners revealed for Africa Oye 2019

Horace Andy
HEADLINERS 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.

Organisers revealed last week that The Garifuna Collective and legendary reggae artist Horace Andy will headline the free two-day event.

They will join a line up that already includes the likes of BCUC, Moonlight Benjamin, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Carlou D and OSHUN as well as emerging stars Tabitha Jade and Satin Beige who make up the 'Oyé Introduces' programme.

Jamaica's Horace Andy, a renowned singer-songwriter known as the sweetest voice in reggae and for his long association with British trip-hop pioneers, Massive Attack.

His signature early 1970s hit, 'Skylarking' defined his ability to deliver songs of Black determination and social commentary that topped the Jamaican charts.

The Garifuna Collective has pushed the boundaries of their dynamic, centuries-old musical traditions, breaking new ground with performances that show why UNESCO has proclaimed the language, dance and music of the Garifuna people of Central America as a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity."

The group have been back in the studio over the past year, recording their brand new album HAMALA (Let Them Fly). It will be their first record since their highly-praised tribute album to fallen bandleader and cultural icon Andy Palacio, who they previously performed at the festival with back in 2007.

Africa Oyé's artistic director Paul Duhaney said: "It'll be a real honour to welcome back The Garifuna Collective to headline Oyé in their own right after their amazing performance with the late, great Andy Palacio twelve years ago; their sound and energy is incredible.

"And Horace Andy is a reggae headliner we've always wanted to see on our stage and I just know he'll close out the Saturday in perfect style."

As well as the international offering of live music on the main stage, festival-goers will be able to eat and drink their way around the world with a range of food stalls and traders.

The final wave of main stage artists are set to be revealed soon.

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 visit africaoye.com.

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