Host Spotlight: Africa Oyé
Written by katehazeldine on 19th February 2021
Our good friends over at Africa Oyé are releasing the third instalment of their Nyumbani series on Friday! This edition sees female stars from Haiti, Zanzibar, South Africa and the Wirral form an eclectic line-up for the online showcase.
Africa Oyé prides itself on being the largest celebration of African and Caribbean music in the UK, having programmed live events in venues throughout Liverpool and building a loyal following over the past few decades. Unfortunately, like many other festivals, one of our favourite weekends in the Liverpool calendar was forced to cancel in 2020. Usually a free (and often sun-filled, if we’re lucky!) celebration in Sefton Park, artistic director Paul Duhaney is still uncertain on whether or not the festival can be held in the usual format this year. On the brighter side, the undetermined climate has paved the way for Oyé’s new online platform, which has already broadcast a number of original concerts, interviews, documentaries and DJ sets via a free live-stream.
The most recent series, Nyumbani – which takes its name from the Swahili word for ‘at home’ – features original concerts, interviews, documentaries and DJ sets from artists across Africa and the Diaspora. Debuting last December with festival alumnus Daby Touré and a DJ set from Chief Commander Yaaba, this February episode sees an acoustic performance from Moonlight Benjamin, a cook-along with Mim Suleiman, a music video premiere from Tabitha Jade and a DJ set from SNO.
Moonlight Benjamin by Mark McNulty
A standout performer of Oyé 2019, Moonlight Benjamin will showcase her unique take on blues rock with a never-before-seen acoustic set. Born and raised in Haiti, Moonlight’s raw vocals drench rushing riffs and saturated guitars, all filtered through Caribbean voodoo.
As well as soundtracking your cooking, Mim Suleiman will also be in conversation with host Spykatcha. The Zanzibari singer/songwriter, who performed in Sefton Park as part of the festival in 2018, will be sharing her recipe for Kachori – a delicious, deep-fried snack. Why not join her and try your hand by downloading the step-by-step guide here?
Mim Suleiman by Mark McNulty
Adding some local flavour to the mix will be the Wirral’s own Tabitha Jade, who will be showcasing her latest single, ‘Intuition’, featuring Zambian rapper PRIDO. Closing proceedings is South African Manchester-based DJ SNO, who’s sets and regular NTS shows feature music from across the continent and beyond.
‘Africa Oyé: Nyumbani, Episode 3’ will premiere on the Africa Oyé Facebook Page and Youtube Channel at 7pm on Friday 26th Febuary. There is no charge to watch the stream but donations are welcomed via africaoye.com.
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