KIGALI, RWANDA, Janaury 26, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – As the world prepares to celebrate International Festival, Kenyan Trumpeter Christine Kamau keeps making moves and taking names. A keen collaborator and campaigner for music as a tool for propagating unity, Ms. Kamau has been invited to perform at the seventh edition of Festival Afropolitain Nomade, which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, between 7 and 11 July.
Hailed as Kenya’s Premier music Festival Kamau will be one of 40 acts from the music, visual and digital art disciplines taking part in the roving pan-African event. Rwandan acts set to perform include Ange Kagaju, I Am Blameless, Salim Idibia, Paccy, Charly na Nina, Sintex and Babou.
Artists from the rest of Africa and around the world include Ndabott Family (Cameroon), Fanie Fayar (Congo-Brazzaville), Sultan Guy (Chad), TK Russel (DRC), Mariaa Siga (Senegal), Sage Soldat (Niger), Koudy Fagbemi (Benin), Emde (Mali), Tyrane (Ivory Coast), Sarab (Tunisia), Manu Militari (Canada), Nicole Musoni (Canada), Joël Akoustik (France) and Ekinoxx (Belgium), among others.
Festival Afropolitain Nomade is held in a different African city to develop and support initiatives that foster intercultural exchange, promote education and use art as a platform for action. Apart from the performances, Festival Afropolitain Nomade 2020 will also host panel discussions and workshops facilitated by arts professionals from the DRC, Benin, Chad and Senegal.
The festival intends to pursue its objective of fostering intercultural rapprochement between artists from the north and the south, touring the major African cultural capitals. For the past five years, several artists, 85% from diverse backgrounds, have taken part in the project and emerged from it growing and strongly transformed in their art ‒ their way of getting involved socially as well.
Speaking in an interview with Music In Africa, Kamau expressed her joy in the partaking in the forthcoming musical concert, adding that, she is looking forward to creating new connections with artists and cultural practitioners from the 20-plus countries represented at the festival as the festival is multidisciplinary approach with strong artists both in music and the visual arts, which makes it a great platform for unique collaborations and innovative artistic expression.
According to her, there is a lot to be gained from this approach because the African continent has vibrant and diverse cultural expression across the various art forms. Festival Afropolitain Nomade was founded in Montreal, Canada, in 2011 by Cameroonian singer Vanessa Kanga. The 2019 edition was held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Christine Kamau is a Kenyan Trumpeter, Composer, Band Leader and Performing Artist. Her music is a fusion of African styles of Benga, Rumba Chakacha with jazz influences and improvisation. She is also the Founder of Women in Music Forums, a platform that seeks to promote women in performing arts by providing an avenue for them to showcase their stage performance skills.
In 2012, Christine Kamau released an 8-track instrumental afro-jazz album titled ‘This is for You’. The album offers an exciting listening experience, the music being a fusion of Jazz with the African music elements of ‘Benga’ and Rhumba’. This debut release received positive reviews from the music community and saw her featured on the BBC music program titled ‘Africa Beats’ a series that showcased emerging music talent from Africa.
She has graced various stages in Africa; Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zanzibar including a notable headline performance at the Kigali Jazz Junction (Rwanda) in 2017. This will be her second performance in Nigeria, having performed at the Capital Jazz Festival, Abuja in 2016. She is steadily becoming an established name on the African Jazz Scene.
Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Festival Announces 2020 lineup
“The Sauce Must Go On” is the rallying cry for this year’s Nyege
Nyege Festival. Kampala’s most exciting electronic festival in the
world has just announced its big comeback, from 3 to 6 September 2020.
Since its creation in 2015, through the initiation of the labels
Hakuna Kulala (Don Zilla, MC Yallah, Menzi, Slikback) and Nyege Nyege
Tapes (Nihiloxica, Sisso, Duke, Dj Diaki, Duma), the Kampala event has
been at the top of the musical breakthroughs on this side of Africa. “We are clearly boosted by the potential for networking offered by the Internet,” says the festival team. “Retransmission,
live report and 360° cameras will allow Nyege Nyege to be experienced
all over the world. Especially since this year we want to make the Nyege
a vast pan-African affair!”
This year, the festival will explore a hybrid combination of digital
experience and in-person event, hosting its signature party in Uganda,
while connecting with 25 collectives and many more remote watch parties,
all in full compliance with COVID safety measures and Nyege Nyege vibe
measures in Uganda from 3 to 6 September 2020.
The festival aims to provide a totally immersive, mesmerizing African
party experience, diving deep into the cauldron of contemporary African
music and its wider diaspora. Highlighting Singeli, Mchiriku and Sebene
from Tanzania, Dennery Segment from Santa Lucia, Gqom and House from
South Africa, Balani from Mali, Coupe Decale from Ivory Coast, Kuduro
and Afrohouse from Angola, Gengetone and Metal from Kenya, Elone from
Gabon, Hip Hop from Kigali to Ouagadougou and Abidjan and Maloya from
Reunion Island. Complementing the lineup, there will be special
showcases curated by Sahel Sounds in Niger and Mauritania, Nadah El
Shazly in Egypt, LaSunday in Ivory Coast, Sun-El World and Pussy Party
in South Africa, Jakaranda Festival in Zimbabwe and Jowaa Asokpor Corner
in Ghana. The digital happenings and African performance art program
will be orchestrated by Violaine Le Fur and will include Cameroonian
performance and dance collectives Modaperf, Zora Snake Compagnie and
more (see below).
There will be a wonderful international guest collectives joining the
party : Principe from Lisbon, Moonshine from Montreal, Jookoo Crew
from Barcelona, AS A SS and Al Hara from Palestine, Bledarde from
Brussels and a special footwork showcase with EQ Why presenting the
GHB/HAVOC Picnic from Chicago
By exploring the hybrid of the
physical and the digital we cherish this totally unique opportunity to
explore the full potential of an online component to the festival. We
hope to create a moment that will carry these new connections forward,
give more visibility to the collectives involved and build momentum
towards more collaborations, solidarity and of course amazing music and
This year’s DJ lineup: Kampire, Catu Diosis, Slikback, Decay,
Afrorack, Turkana, Authentically Plastic, Don Zilla, Faizal Mostrixx,
Rey Sapienz, Hibotep, Chrisman, Candidly Reign, Oyisse, Moroto Heavy
Industries, Morghiana HZ, DJ Yan, NSASI, Makossiri, Houdini, Dark Meme,
G-low, Ras Clan International, The CEE, AO The Walker, DJ Raffa, Mo The
Music Collector, Nasselow, Selecta Jay, Ciza, Kas baby, EDN, Zizuke,
Acid AB, Dj Final, Seke Seke, Tshe Tshe, Le Meilleur, 2Ballz, DJ
This year’s live acts: Afrigo Band, Chameleon, Cindy, Fulu Miziki,
Ecko Bazz, Duma, Otim Alpha, MC Yallah, HHY & Kampala Unit, Congo
Tekno Ensemble, Nakibembe Embaire Troupe, Watmon Group, Nilotika
Cultural Ensemble, Kalalu, Maata, Kadodi Troupe, Ekuka.
Book now on the festival sitewww.nyegenyege.com .
D-Black Billed For Afrobeats In Jamaica Festival
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Tuesday February 25, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Multiple award winning Ghanaian rap act / entrepreneur D-Black has just been announced as the only Ghanaian act at the world renowned Afrobeats in Jamaica Festival slated for the 21st – 26th of May in Montego Bay, Jamaica alongside Nigeria’s Davido, Ashanti from the Usa , Spice & Konshens from Jamaica and many more yet to be announced.
The Afrobeats In Festival has hit many countries & cities around the world in recent times from Dubai to London, Miami, Paris, Portugal, Amsterdam and seen some of the continent’s A list acts perform including Wizkid, Burna Boy , Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage as well as Meek Mill, Trey Songz, Rody Ricch touching the Afrobeats In stage In Amsterdam and Paris last year.
Get tickets and flight packages for the 2020 Edition of Afrobeats in Jamaica with D-Black, Davido , Ashanti and more at www.afrobeatsin.com.
Lady Zamar Joins A Slew Of Talented Artists Who Will Perform At CTIJF
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, January 26, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Now running for 21 years, Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is Africa’s grandest gathering of local and international musical luminaries and the most-talked-about musicians and artists, like Mandisi Dyantyis, who is also on the bill this year.
Award-winning musician Lady Zamar is set to perform at the 2020 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The star forms part of the local acts who will hit the stage at the 21st edition of the festival. She joins a slew of talented artists such as Lira, Samthing Soweto, Ndlovu Youth Choir, Jonathan Butler and Abdullah Ibrahim.
Over the last two decades, the CTIJF has brought some of the greatest names in jazz and jazz-related music to the Mother City, with 2 649 musicians taking to the festival stage. More top artists will be announced ahead of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), which will take place on 27 and 28 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
Lighting up the stage at Africa’s Grandest Gathering will be some of the best local and international music icons, including PJ Morton from the USA, Jacob Collier from the UK, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jonathan Butler – with special guest Candy Dulfer from the Netherlands, Kwetu Trio (featuring Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade), Lira, Mandisi Dyantyis, MF Robots from the UK and South Africa’s Nduduzo Makhathini.
“Since its inception, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has been a platform to showcase emerging and established talent from the continent and further afield. Over the last 20 years, we have shown the world that this festival is about more than just live music – it’s about building a community of music lovers and developing the next generation of acclaimed musicians,” says Billy Domingo, CTIJF Festival Director.
Come and experience this once-in-a-lifetime jazz spectacular. General access tickets for the 2020 festival are available at Computicket at R999 for a Weekend Pass and R649 for a Day Pass: http://bit.ly/34URyrw
“The 2020 CTIJF promises an unforgettable line-up. The CTIJF is passionate about developing local talent and the learners who attend our Sustainable Training and Development programme will have outstanding local examples on stage to inspire them,” concludes Billy Domingo.
iJAM MUSIC/ Multi-Grammy Award-Winning Morgan Heritage Launches One Day Festival In America
FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 16th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Grammy Award-winning Morgan Heritage (Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Peter “Peetah” Morgan and Memmalatel “Mojo” Morgan) have announced the iJAM Music Festival – (Where Impact Meets Music) which makes its debut at Orlando’s Tinker Field on Saturday, April 4. Tickets went on sale to the general public on Friday January 10, 2020.
The one-day festival features international music superstars performing a spectrum of genres including Reggae, Rock, R&B, Soca, Latin, and much more all while bringing awareness through music and maintaining a sound mind, body and soul.
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Since their formation in the early 90’s, unwavering philanthropic ideals have always been at the forefront for Morgan Heritage. Remaining faithful to their fundamentals, they have woven together their music and principles and orchestrated a musical mission, which is the iJAM Music Festival. From Africa to America, these benevolent brothers continue to embrace their sense of duty and aspire to spread the word of humanitarian causes.
Headlined by Morgan Heritage, the Royal Family of Reggae, the iJAM Music Festival includes a star-studded lineup including Busy Signal (Dancehall & Reggae), Less Than Jake (Ska Punk), Baha Men (Junkanoo & Pop), Marcia Griffiths (Reggae), Boris Bilbraut (formerly of Cultura Profética), Pumpa (Soca), Gondwana (Latin), Laza Morgan (Reggae & Pop), Jemere Morgan (Reggae, Pop & Hip-Hop), Esh x Schief (Alternative/Acoustic), Sailor Jane (Reggae & Soul) and many more. The family-friendly festival will also include international fare, holistic experiences, Health & Wellness purveyors and Clean the World soap education and a Kidz Zone. iJAM Music Festival patrons will experience the true meaning of “One Love.”
“The iJAM Music Festival is a brilliant idea brought to Central Florida by the legendary Morgan Heritage. How can you NOT be a part of it? With such an array of artists from different genres, and iHeartMedia’s ability to reach the masses to promote this event, it’s a win-win combo for our community. We look forward to watching this event grow each year and seeing just how much of a positive impact it has on our little piece of the world and how we can show our commitment to ONE LOVE!” – Supa Dave, iHeartMedia Event Sales & Production Manager/On-Air Talent.
To further their mission, The Morgan Heritage Foundation aims to facilitate and create programs that provides a clear path to success for the youth and has partnered with Clean the World, a non-profit, global-health organization committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable communities around the world through water, sanitation and hygiene for all those affected by poverty, homelessness, and humanitarian or natural crises.
“When Morgan Heritage and Central Florida Deals approached us about being apart of the iJAM Music Festival, we knew immediately that it would be a great fit,” says Shawn Seipler, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clean the World. “This festival is an opportunity to raise awareness, build social impact, and serve the community. We are honored to partner with this talented family group of Grammy award winning performers to spread love to those in need.”
“Through our partnership, our goal is to bring awareness about Clean the World’s mission to save millions of people with proper hygienic health,” said Mojo Morgan. “By recycling soap and other discarded hygiene products, Clean the World saves lives with items that traditionally end up in landfills. Thousands of children under the age of five years old, their lives are cut short due to inflections and diseases that are preventable. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed over 53 million bars of soap, hygiene kits and other wash supplies and provided aid to over 10 million people in 127 countries,” said Morgan Heritage Foundation.
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