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Africa Oye 30th year celebrations

Africa Oye close their 30th year celebrations and 2022 with a line up of wonderful shows for us all to celebrate and enjoy! Check out whats ahead.

Vieux Farka Tour at Future Yard

Sunday 6th November – 7pm

We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting Malian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré under the Future Yard lights on Sunday 6th November 2022. Son of legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure, Ali’s musical legacy lives on through his son, with Vieux releasing 5 full LPs since he began his recording career back in 2006. It’s a career which has taken in audacious collaborations with the likes of Dave Matthews and the jazz guitarist John Scofield, an album with the American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin, and two records with the Israeli artist Idan Raichel as The Touré-Raichel Collective. Vieux continues his extensive collaborations in 2022, teaming up with Khruangbin on a soon to be released LP that pays homage to his father by recreating some of his most resonant work, putting new twists on it while maintaining the original’s integrity. The result is a rightful ode to a legend.

Tickets on sale now. 

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N’famady Kouyate at The Philharmonic

Tuesday 15th November – 8pm

N’famady Kouyaté is a young energetic master musician from Guinea, who relocated to Cardiff in 2019. Supporting Gruff Rhys on the Pang! album tour, the talented multi-instrumentalist wowed audiences across the UK and Ireland with his modern interpretations of traditional West African Mandingue songs and rhythms.

N’famady’s primary instrument is the balafon – the traditional wooden xylophone, sacred to West African culture and his family heritage of the griot/djeli. In Guinea he founded Les Héritiers du Mandingue, a tradi-modern group that toured extensively in West Africa. In the UK, N’famady has played both as a solo artist and with a full band line up – where his arrangements are a fusion of Mandingue African with western jazz, pop, indie, and funk influences provided by an ever-evolving collective of musicians.

N’famady released his first EP in July 2021. The EP features mash-ups of traditional Guinean songs with new Welsh lyrics, modern and traditional instrumentation, played by a ten-piece band. N’famady’s performances create amazing atmospheres and vibrations wherever he goes, and audiences are charmed by his infectious enthusiasm and joy.

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Min Suleiman

Friday 25th November – 8pm

Mim Suleiman has been described as Mama Africa of the modern era. A boundary-crossing performer who defies categorisation, she reaches deep into her East African heritage to blend traditional Taarab vibes with dub, jazz, soul and funk.

A gifted composer and songwriter in both English and Swahili, she sings in a variety of languages and her versatile and charismatic presence have led to collaborations with some of the biggest names in Africa and the diaspora.

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