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A 4 day celebration of African Music & the new wave of UK artists it has inspired as well as film, dance, food & art www.afriganza.com


Contents Introduction  

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Artists - Day by Day  Thursday 

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Friday  

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SaturdaY  

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Sunday 

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Workshops 

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Film 

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Afriganza Kitchen  

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Music as Therapy International  

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Day by Day running   orders and timings  EVENING SHOWS 

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DAYTIME SHOWS 

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Introduction

A 4-day celebration of African music and the new-wave of UK artists that it has inspired, from indie rock infused with Sokous to the latest electronica tinged with beats from deepest Nigeria, ‘Afriganza!’ will feature art, workshops, film and live performance, transforming The Blind Tiger Club into a musical melting pot in what amounts to one of the greatest ‘Afrobeat’ line-ups the city has ever seen!

Presented by creative Brighton entertainment company, Playgroup!

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ARTISTS THURSDAY

JOE DRISCOLL & SEKOU (Live)

A musical marriage made in heaven – neither speaks the others language, yet these two wondering mistrals met and started communicating through their deeply passionate love of music. Fusing Afrobeat, Hip hop, Folk and Reggae they have created a unique sound that any age, creed or colour can connect too. www.joeandsekou.com

ISLAND CASSETTES (Live)

Island Cassettes are an English Indie Band, who take influence from Indie rock, folk & South African Sokous – part of a new wave of musicians that have been inspired by Africa to take their own homegrown sounds and infuse them with another culture to make some really beautiful music. www.soundcloud.com/island-cassettes

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BOBBY GANDOLF (WORMFOOD)

One of London’s most popular World music club nights and main in-house bookers at the legendary Hootananny’s, Worm Food bring wonderful music from all over the globe direct to your doorstep! www.wormfood.com

AFRICAN NIGHT FEVER

Heroes of the South Coast music scene, African Night Fever (ANF) was founded in 2003 by Ebou Touray from the Gambia and David Sljale from Tanzania, drawing on the rich culture emanating from the vast African Continent, their music, dance and performance nights have been a beacon of cultural diversity on Brighton’s live performance scene, inspiring as much as entertaining. www.africannightfever.com/

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FRIDAY BASS CLEF

Producer of carefully crafted electronic dance music, occasional trombonist and sonic adventurer, Bass Clef is a genres crossing genius, switching between Detroit-techno and 4/4 grooves quite efirtlessly. With African influences across most of this work, Bass Clef in his own words “…my music has mutant strains of afrobeat,, juju, kuduro, kwaito, cumbia, soca, soca, more soca, grime, UK funky… well to me anyway. It’s all just music innit? It’s up to you guys to decide what it’s called!”. www.magicanddreams.wordpress.com/bass-clef/

LONDON AFROBEAT COLLECTIVE

The LAC began in 2008 as a loose affiliation of more than 30 musicians from all corners of the globe who found themselves sharing nothing more than a London postcode and a love of Fela Kuti. ‘London Afrobeat Collective’ was exactly what it said on the tin. Now a tight 12 piece, they have been championed by Micheal Eavis, Craig Charles and welcomed into a global Afrobeat family with open arms – in short, they’re bloody marvellous. www.lacband.co.uk

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BAKK LAMP FALL

Bakk Lamp Fall’s music is contemporary fusion with strong roots in the Baye Fall tradition from Touba (Senegal). The lineup of the band combines an outstanding West-African percussion section with some of the finest UK instrumentalists, topped with the outstanding vocal power of their Senegalese singer Khadim Sar www.soundcloud.com/bakk-lamp-fall

YE YE FEVER DJS

Brighton based, Ye Ye Fever is a celebration of the deadliest African rhythms around, with DJs playing styles that veer from vintage Highlife & OK Jazz to Afrobeat & late 80s/early 90s Kwassa Kwassa! www.facebook.com/yeyefever

AFRICAN NIGHT FEVER

Heroes of the South Coast music scene, African Night Fever (ANF) was founded in 2003 by Ebou Touray from the Gambia and David Sljale from Tanzania, drawing on the rich culture emanating from the vast African Continent, their music, dance and performance nights have been a beacon of cultural diversity on Brighton’s live performance scene, inspiring as much as entertaining. www.africannightfever.com

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SATURDAY

DELE SOSIMI AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA

With an incredible career spanning over 30 years, from keyboardist in the legendary, Egypt 80 to consultant for the Nationals production of ‘Fela!’ the musical biopic on Fela Kuti, Dele has been at the heart of modern Afrobeat for a long time. He performs with is full live band with a magical energy rarely seen on stage. www.delesosimi.org

BRONZEHEAD

BronzeHead is a 10-piece group from London, formed in 2010 to make new music inspired by the raw & heavy funk rhythms of 1970’s West Africa. During this era, bands in countries like Nigeria, Ghana & Benin mixed traditional African rhythms together with funk & soul to form thrilling new genres such as Afrobeat, Afrofunk & Highlife. These sounds have incited dancefloor chaos for decades, and at the very core of BronzeHead is the desire to do just that. www.reverbnation.com/bronzehead

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NOMMO

Nommo are Brighton’s newest purveyors of quality highlife influenced beats. With an all-star lineup of musical supremeos these guys are sure to get Saturday at Afrifganza off with a boom. Catchy funky riffs, jiving bass and of course big horn licks all 100% guaranteed!

AFROBASE (TOTALLY Radio/JUICE FM)

Since the start of the 80s, John’s been playing African and Latin music in clubs and on radio. In 2002 he got together with Guy Morley (Yam Yam) to create AfroBase, and Miles Cleret (Soundway Records) soon joined them. With a never ending enthusiasm for collecting music from the African diaspora, John enjoys the meeting of musical cultures and styles unbound by expectations.

YE YE FEVER DJS

Brighton based, Ye Ye Fever is a celebration of the deadliest African rhythms around, with DJs playing styles that veer from vintage Highlife & OK Jazz to Afrobeat & late 80s/early 90s Kwassa Kwassa! www.facebook.com/yeyefever

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SUNDAY

ZIMBAREMABWE

Zimbaremabwe began making music many years ago in Zimbabwe, led by Linos Wengara Magaya. They were well acknowledged then as a musical force, always in demand for spiritual ceremonies. The band also played top venues around Zimbabwe and played with names like Thomas Mapfumo. www.zimbaremabwe.org

BOY MANDEVILLE

As if caressed by a warm, tropical breeze, they’ve taken the wholesome flavours of indie-pop and combined them with calypso percussion and jam-style “jit-jive” guitar riffing. www.boymandeville.bandcamp.com

NAIROBI

Harmonious layered vocals thrown onto mesmeric djembe drumming all sown together in a rich cacophony of West-African flavoured beats. www.facebook.com/nairobitheband

KING LAGOONS FLYING DJs

Psychedelic Afro-Latino DJ set from King Lagoons Flying Swordfish Band DJs with guaranteed Sunday night party styles. www.facebook.com/Kinglagoon

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WORKSHOPS & FILM SATURDAY

KAKATSITSI DRUM AND DANCE WORKSHOPS DRUMMING 11:30-12:30 DANCE 13:00-14:00

Kakatsitsi are a group of traditional drummers, dancers and singers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana, with their roots in the fishing community of Jamestown in the heart of old Accra. Their music takes traditional rhythms and chants from their own Ga tradition and those of a variety of other West African cultures, rearranging them in a modern and accessible way. This work shop is held in conjunction wit Indigenous People, a Brighton based non-profit cultural education organisation. www.indigenouspeople.org.uk

SUNDAY

SOULFUL SINGING WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP 11:00AM PERFORMANCE 1:00PM

A joyful, tribal and meditative experience imbued with a spirit of devotion, guaranteed to put a smile on your face, uplift your soul and get you dancing! Everyone participates, everyone has a voice. In no time at all a wonderful sound, incredible energy and a magical atmosphere is produced, inspiring both individual and collective creativity, confidence and harmony. Beautiful harmonies, beautifully simple, simply magic! www.soulfulsinging.co.uk

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FILM

SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS 2:00PM

The film tells the remarkable and uplifting story of a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who came together to form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. A brutal civil war (1991-2002) forced them from their homes in Sierra Leone. Through music they find a place of refuge, a sense of purpose and a source of power. www.refugeeallstars.org

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AFRIGANZA KITCHEN

Joining us for this year’s Afriganza festival on all four days is Kush’s Afriganza kitchen. Kush’s years of culinary expertise have culminated in an amazing array of traditional African dishes with great little twists to please everyone! Here is a sample menu to get your mouth watering!

★ Jellof Rice served with local slow roasted lamb or locally

sourced vegetables Jellof is a traditional African dish loved by all who have ever had the opportunity to feast on it, with fish, meat or veg this dish always pleases the faithful.

★ Peanut Butter Chicken

Chicken breast cubes simmered with onions and mushrooms in a rich peanut butter sauce.

★ Steamed Casava

Served with fiery cabbage, okra, local carrots and a spicy coconut and palm oil sauce

★ Smoked Mackerel

Served with yam, green banana, homemade dumplings, okra and Kush’s secret spices.

★ Crispy Stout Battered Fish, Chicken or veg Served with sweet potato wedges

10% of all Afriganza Kitchen sales go towards Music As Therapy International and their Rwanda project!

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MUSIC AS THERAPY

For this year’s Afriganza our charitable partner is the brilliant Music as Therapy International (MAST) and in particular their Rwanda project. Music as Therapy International is a UK registered charity that helps to facilitate the delivery of projects taking therapeutic music-making to vulnerable communities across the world. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for marginalised and disadvantaged children and adults with a range of disabilities. They have been working in Rwanda since 2010 where they have delivered a successful six-week skill-sharing project in two Children centres in South-West Rwanda and have been providing support since. Music as Therapy International is hoping to expand their work in Rwanda in 2013. 10% of all weekend tickets and food sold will be donated to Music as Therapy’s Rwanda project. www.musicastherapy.org

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DAY BY DAY Evening Shows THURSDAY

SATURDAY

11pm Joe and Sekou kouyate (Live)

11:30pm Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra (Live)

9:30pm Island Cassettes (Live)

10:00pm Bronze Head (Live)

Bobby Gandolf/Wormfood (DJ Set)

8:30pm Nommo (Live)

8pm-1am

8pm-2am

Ye Ye Fever (DJ Set) African Night Fever (DJ Set)

FRIDAY 8pm-2am

Afrobase (DJ Set)

SUNDAY 8pm-1am

00:30am BassClef (Live) 11:00pm Zimbaremabwe (Live) 11:00pm London Afrobeat Collective (Live)

10:00pm Boymandaville (Live)

9:30pm Bakk Lamp Fall (Live)

9:00pm Nairobi (Live)

Ye Ye Fever (DJ Set)

Afrobase (DJ Set)

African Night Fever (DJ Set)

King Lagoons (DJ Set)

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DAY BY DAY DAYTIME Shows THURSDAY

Midday to Midnight Afriganza Kitchen

FRIDAY

Midday to Midnight

SATURDAY

Midday to Midnight 11:30am-12:30pm 1:00pm-2:00pm

SUNDAY

11:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm Midday to Midnight

Afriganza Kitchen

Afriganza Kitchen Kakatsitsi Drumming Workshop Kakatsitsi Dance Workshop

Soulful Singing Workshop Soulful Singing Performance Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (FILM) Afriganza Kitchen

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Afriganza 2013!  

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