Oyé Vibe: Issue 9, Spring 2019
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It's hard to believe it's Spring already but here we are!

Preparations are in full swing for this year's Africa Oyé festival and the line-up is looking really exciting. We'll be revealing more to add to the five fantastic acts on the bill so far (see below...) next month as well as more details on what you can expect on the festival site this June in Sefton Park.

It's no secret that it has been a particular challenging year financially, with the infrastructure costs of putting on the festival continuing to rise. We appreciate any support you can give us, whether it be through buying a t-shirt from our merch store becoming a Friend of Oye, or donating as little as a £1 on our Paypal link below.

Keep an eye on our social networks for all the latest news and don't forget to mark 22nd & 23rd June in your diaries if you haven't already!

Peace and Blessings,

Paul & The Oyé Team

Africa Oyé Festival
22nd & 23rd June, 2019
Sefton Park, Liverpool

Acts across Africa and the Diaspora have been announced for the 27th annual Africa Oyé festival.

Taking place in Liverpool's Sefton Park on the 22nd and 23rd of June, the music and culture of Africa and the diaspora will once again take centre stage for two free days of fantastic live performances, DJ sets and multi-arts workshops. For full details on the line-up visit
Africa Oyé:
 Melodic Distraction Radio Show - March '19

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Africa Oyé continues its monthly show on Melodic Distraction Radio, with Artistic Director and Shawn 'Spykatcha' John exploring the legends of African music through the ages.

With a mixture of recordings from last year’s festival, interviews with artists and organisers, as well as plenty of guest mixes and live sessions along the way, the Africa Oyé radio show will be a reflection on what has happened and what’s to come in the future. 'Listen Again' on the link below...

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Mandela Family visit Liverpool to launch building of new memorial garden

Nelson Mandela's daughter has called for people to fight for unity as she visited a site in Liverpool's Princes Park, where a memorial to her father will be built.

Dr Makaziwe Mandela said there was a "resurgence in emphasising difference" which needs to be opposed. She said: "We are different, but in our differences there is unity, there is camaraderie amongst all of us."

Makaziwe and her daughter Tukiwini Mandela also met HRH the Prince of Wales during their visit to the city and visited St George's Hall where a set of Nelson Mandela's drawings are on permanent display.
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Africa Oyé brings the culture of DR Congo to young people of Merseyside

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As part of  its ongoing Learning and Participation programme of activities, 
Africa Oyé hosted a number of educational workshops across Merseyside earlier this year.

Nickens Nkonso - frontman of Oyé festival alumni Kasai Masai - taught local students about the music, history and culture of the Congo as part of a packed workshop that included a host of  dance and percussion.

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Introducing Kiluanji Kia Henda: Meet the Angolan artist working with photography, video and performance
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records Liverpool Screening
28th March, 2019

On 28th March, Doc'n Roll Film Festival and Positive Vibration will be hosting the Liverpool screening of 'Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records' at FACT Cinema in Liverpool.

4pm - 6pm: Positive Vibration DJ set at 3Beat Records, 5 Slater St, Liverpool, L1 4BW

6.30pm - 8pm: Screening of Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records at FACT Cinema, 88 Wood St, Liverpool, L1 4DQ

8pm - 8.30pm: Following the screening, Positive Vibration will host a Q&A. Chaired by Stuart Borthwick (Africa Oye & Writing on the Wall), the panel will include the film’s director, Nicolas Jack Davies, Liverpool-based dub poet, Levi Tafari, plus more special guests TBA.

Carla Morrison
30th April, 2019
Philharmonic Music Room, Liverpool

From the opening track on last year's J Balvin album Vibras to her three Latin Grammy Awards, Carla Morrison has established herself as one of the most distinctive voices in Latin music.

Her most recent album, the acclaimed Amor Supremo Desnudo is her declaration of independence and maturity, and a glance at her life over the last few years during which she has released a steady stream of EPs and LPs.

Students from New York University visited Liverpool earlier this month as part of their research into the global music industry's cultural roots.

During the trip last week, students met with Oyé's Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney at the International Slavery Museum to discuss how the city's Sefton Park festival represents cultural forms that have been associated with the UK for centuries, and how it connects to contemporary culture. MORE INFO.


Help support the Africa Oyé festival by buying some of official merchandise!


• New t-shirt designs

• Vests

• Pin Badges

• Tote Bags

All merchandise will be available to buy at the festival or you can order this week in time for the Oyé weekend from the link below!



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