Liverpool youth theatre and community drumming group revealed for Africa Oyé 2019

A LOCAL youth theatre group and a community drumming band will be opening each day at this year's Africa Oyé Festival.

On Saturday, June 22 Oyé favourites Staged Kaos will make a welcome return to the festival with their performance tribute to Nelson Mandela, entitled Madiba: He Lives In You.

Based in L8, this social enterprise have created this performance piece especially for the event, with a showcase of local youth talent including singing, spoken word, drama and dance to tell the story of Nelson Mandela’s life.

Kaos work with youngsters, families and the wider community to inspire positive development through creative and performing arts, producing inclusive educational workshops and events for everyone to enjoy, and providing opportunities for creative growth and social change.

On Sunday, June 23 the festival will welcome Batala Mersey - an energetic community drumming band who will be bringing the rhythms of Afro-Brazilian samba to Sefton Park.

This year's community acts joining the line-up included the likes of The Garifuna Collective, Horace Andy, BCUC, Jah9 & The Dub Treatment, Moonlight Benjamin, Wesli, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Carlou D, Gasper Nali and OSHUN, as well as Liverpool emerging stars Tabitha Jade and Satin Beige who make up the 'Oyé Introduces' programme.

Africa Oyé's Artistic Director Paul Duhaney said: "The energy and passion of both these groups make them a perfect fit for the festival.

"We always tell people to get down to the park before we kick things off to soak in the atmosphere and with these guys opening proceedings there's even more reason to pitch up nice and early - you won't want to miss this."

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.

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