Get in the mood for Africa Oyé with a live session from Introducing artist Satin Beige
It’s less than two weeks to go until the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture returns to Liverpool.
Hailed as not just the biggest festival of African and Caribbean music in Britain, but also the best (The Sunday Times), Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June for a jam-packed weekend of free, family friendly fun.
We’ve all got amazing memories from last year when the sun shone down on two fabulous days filled with food, drink, music, shopping, dancing and workshops. It this is your first Africa Oyé, you’re in for a real treat. Get ready to hear some new music, taste some amazing cuisine and feel some incredible Africa vibes.
Continuing its theme of multiculturalism, Africa Oyé 2019 is setting the soundtrack to summer and it’s seriously cool. In fact, we defy you to not bust a few moves at this festival, it’s impossible! The sounds of many African nations will fill the park alongside South American beats, Caribbean reggae and jazz.
The 2019 main stage is set to be packed with established artists such as Horace Andy, The Dub Treatment, Gasper Nali and likened to Ella Fitzgerald, vocalist Jah9, representing nations such as Haiti, Jamaica and Malawi. There’s also DJ’s, Emily Dust and DJ Edu plus community performances from Batala and Staged Koas. All this live entertainment, for free.
If all that wasn’t enough, Oyé Introduces also provides a stage for emerging artists. With the opportunity to promote their sound and gain some valuable experience, urban, afro hip hop artist Tabitha Jade – the youngest vocalist to perform at Threshold Festival back in 2016, and jazz, RnB cellist, Satin Beige will open the festival on 22nd June as part of this brilliant initiative.
Watch above as Oyé Introducing artist, Satin Beige performs exclusively at The Shankly Hotel ahead of her Africa Oyé set at Sefton Park.
We can guarantee you wont expect the cool, funky sound Satin Beige produces with her trusty cello. Opening the music programme at Africa Oyé, this LIPA graduate is more than ready for her turn in the spotlight. She said: “I’ve wanted to play Africa Oyé for a few years so it feels really good now that I’m finally getting a chance to play it and opening the festival as an Oyé Introduces act.
“The music is going to be incredible, there’ll be loads of food, it’s just like a carnival and I’m pretty sure that a lot of you wont have seen someone do what I do with a cello.”
From bouncing in the Africa Oyé crowds just two years ago, Tabitha Jade brings her band back home to Liverpool to perform live on Sunday 23rd June and she couldn’t be more excited. Taking to her Facebook, she said: “SO SURREAL to be playing Africa Oyé main stage this summer with my band. Only two years ago I was in the crowd.
“It’s crazy to see my dreams slowly becoming reality! Free entry, peng food and cool vibes, so would be great to see some of you down there.”
Satin Beige and Tabitha Jade join a line-up of more than 15 live performances and sets planned across the weekend and come rain or shine, it’s a memorable day out for all the family. Hear some new music, indulge in insanely good food and raise a toast to multiculturalism at its very best.