4th Focus Africa Festival: Music and Fashion

Details
Start:

July 29 - 7:00 PM

End:

July 30 - 3:00 AM

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Venue

Rich Mix London

Focus organization, in partnership with Arts Council England, and Creative Resilience International present:

4th Focus Africa Festival: Music & Fashion

A brand new multicultural musical showcase in the heart of London, at Rich Mix, East London’s No1 independent arts venue.

FEE: £12.50 Early Bird –
£14 Standard – £15.50 On the door

The 4th edition is on Saturday 29th July 2023 7pm -3am with the final lineup combining Live music, DJs with Fashion;
Africa Fashion: past present and future.

40+ artists/musicians, DJs, Live Music, Traders, African Food – Ghana – Nigeria – Gambia – Congo – Burkina Faso – Senegal – UK and more…
Expect the Best Music that the African continent could offer.

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LIVE MUSIC
*Yaaba Funk (Ghana – Hi-life)

*Grupo Lokito (Congo DRC – UK) – Soukouss/Rumba/Salsa

*Koroleko Moussa Dembele (Burkina Faso): Free drum and Balafon workshop 5pm – 6.30pm
Book your free place sending your names to attak@focusorganization.com WhatsAPP: 07851496281

*Djs Playing the best of #Afrobeat #Azonto #Kuduro #CoupeDecale #Afrohouse #Amapiano #Soukous etc…
DJ Snuff – T-Roy Broadcite
*Stalls will be available: booking on a first come first served basis. Book yours via email attak@focusorganization.com

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YAABA FUNK (Ghana – Hi-life)
Formed in 2006 in Brixton by a group of musician friends drawn together by a love of African music, drums, dance..AFRO….FUNK.
Yaaba Funk have been regularly gigging, released their self-produced debut album AFROBEAST in May 2010 with the help of influential British record label Sterns.
Yaaba Funk flew to Zanzibar in February 2011 for the Sauti Za Busara Festival, helped by funding from PRS FOR MUSC FOUNDATION.
Remixes by DJ D and Richard Olatunde were released by Here and Now recordings in 2010.
Their 2nd album, “My Vote Dey Count” was released in 2014 and features guest appearances from Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman (Soothsayers/Fela musical band/Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA), Jason Yarde (Tomorrows Warriors/Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA and much more)

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GRUPO LOKITO
Grupo Lokito (Congo DRC – UK) – Soukouss/Rumba/Salsa
Grupo Lokito fuse contemporary Congolese and Cuban music creating a modern day cocktail of two of the great world musics.
Based in London, the band have taken the UK by storm, wowing festivals and the club circuit alike with their blistering grooves and outlandish dance moves.
The glorious melodious vocals of Congolese front men Eugene Makuta and Iddo Donnatella blends with soaring guitars courtesy of Congolese guitar hero Mbokalia, rhythmic grooves from Chocolat and the lilting keyboards of Sara. All of this sits on top of the rhythmic powerhouse team of Michel (drums), Emeris (Congas) and Elpidio (bass).
Since their formation in 2006 the band have gone from strength to strength, completing several UK tours and building a solid following. As if the grooves weren’t enough, the band have developed a rapport with their audiences which gets everyone up on their feet.
Grupo Lokito write their own original tunes: stories of life ranging from love tales, reflections on the trials facing musicians trying to make a home away from home, the wisdom of the elders to the simple joy of dancing.
The band are currently recording new material for release later this year. In 2010 the band released their first CD “Esengo Ya Ko Bina” (The Joy of Dancing) capturing the vibrancy and spirit of their stage show. Grupo Lokito have been included in several compilation CDs including: “Latin Beat” on Putumayo (Aug 30 2011), “Urban Africa” on Cavendish Music (2010) and “The Rough guide to African Street Party “ on the World Music Network (2008).
www.grupolokito.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/grupolokito/

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KOROLEKO MOUSSA DEMBELE (Burkina Faso): FREE Drum & Balafon workshop
Moussa comes from a traditional Bwa Bwa griots family of musicians and craftsmen from Burkina Faso and Mali who have been making and playing musical intruments for generations. He was trained by his father and various family members from a young age. He has gone on to become a professional musician and teacher as well as a master craftsman of West African instruments all of each he has done for the last 15 years.
Dembele has toured extensively throughout Africa, Europe and Israel as a freelance multi-instrumentalist and band leader. He spent many years based in Ghana where he played balafon for the renowned Pan-African Orchestra. In addition to the balafon, he also plays the kora and ngoni and percussion including djembe, doum doum and talking drum.
Now based in London, as well as leading his band Koroleko, Moussa has performed as a soloist, for Greenbelt Festival (2017) and Shropshire Music Trust as well as played with bands including Native Sun and Minyanta and recorded on tracks with Afriquoi. Moussa continues to build exquisite koras, ngoni’s and balafons and can also build and repair percussion instruments such as djembes and doum doums.

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DJS
T-Roy Broadcite T.Roy _ on the set – Broadcite music productions label A&R.
T.Roy is responsible for the production projects and selection of music that is released on the boutique Broadcite music label catalogue.
“T-Roy continues to connect the dots between the evolving underground
music scene in London and contemporary world music’’ TIME OUT

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DJSNUFFONE (Focus Africa/Pantheon Jam)
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aka Dogon Dagda of the Tuatha Da DJ, dipping deep into Kwaito, Afrobeats, Azonto, Kuduro, Coupe Decale, Ndombolo, Bikutsi, Sungura, Nu-Highlife, Electro-Soukous, Singeli, Afro-Drill, Gqom and AfroTech/House vibes for the dancefloor.
This Irishman has layers of flavour, with roots in DJing for Hip-Hop/Breakin’ (break-dance/house-dance) events from an early age as part of Belfast City Breakers in the early to late 90’s. A regular party starter and cultural cultivator in London town since 2000. A frequent DJ at club and dance events across east and west Africa since 2010, including residencies at many of Kampala/Uganda’s underground clubs. Known for heating up the dancefloor worldwide from Senegal to China, Philippines to Montreal, NYC to Berlin, Jamaica to Ireland. Scratch DJ in the Congo Natty live Jungle band. Has been live show DJ for artists as diverse as Roots Manuva, Shadia Mansour (Palestine) and many more. Has been tour DJ for international megastars such as Snoop Dogg and underground legends such as Immortal Technique. An organiser of many iconic events (Speakers Corner Brixton, End Of The Weak worldwide, Breakin’ Convention Park Jam). Dancers choice DJ for parties, cyphers and battles run by House Of Absolute, Rain Crew and Breakfast Jam Uganda among others. A resident DJ with Focus Africa, and avant garde afro-drill-kuduro fusion event Pantheon Jam. Often collaborating live with musicians and vocalists. Known for having an unquenchable and unpredictable thirst for fresh and exciting rhythms, from the homegrown sounds of London’s diverse underground bass culture, to the freshest, popular, progressive and alternative sounds of the African continent and global diaspora. Limber up and prepare to ZANKU!

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