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Festival of Africa Programme

The traditional bazaar offers African musical instruments, fashion, fabrics, jewellery, sculptures, masks, paintings, gifts, hand carvings, souvenirs, hair styles, books, magazines and more...

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Those interested in tourism and safaris will find plenty to choose from our reputed and experienced exhibitors.

Other exhibitors include well known charities and voluntary and humanitarian organisations who render outstanding services to people of Africa.

Mambaleo

Programme for SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

12.00-12.30 & 1.00-1.30
AFRICAN ROYAL DRUMMERS
The African Royal Drummers, led by Kojo Owusu, play royal music from all regions of Ghana, and especially that of the Asante people. Visually stunning and thoroughly entertaining, the African Royal Drummers exuberance, spirit and warmth is an opportunity to experience a unique display of African culture that will leave you wanting more.
 
2.00-2.30 & 3.00-3.30
ZEBRA CROSSING
Valanga Khoza is a singer, musician and storyteller. His charismatic stage presence and warm personality invite both children and adults into his world as they join him on a personal journey reliving childhood memories told through the stories of his grandmother, tasting the traditional meals in an African village or feeling the harsh reality of apartheid South Africa. These stories are the music of Zebra Crossing
 
4.00-4.45pm
THULA SANA
Thula Sana endeavour to bring back the musical memories of the 50's in South Africa. The band is inspired by Hugh Masekela, The African Jazz Pioneers, and others. The name of the music is "Marabi", meaning "let's jam, dance, drink and laugh together" - easy to do with such cool, catchy music. The band has become a legend in Melbourne’s teeming live music scene, spreading their infectuous dance grooves to various dance floors and confirming that African music is more than just Zairean dance rhythms and congas.  

We are sure you will have great fun.

Dancing

Programme for SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
12.00-12.30 –1.00-1.30pm
KOBYA & band
Kobya is a gifted performer singer song writer and versatile multi-instrumentalist, He mixes roots (Marrabenta Mozambique Popular dance Music) & reggae occasionally throwing in some lovers rock to create his own original blend. He tells his story with grace and ebullience, covering social and environmental issues, love, war and the despair of his fellow Mozambicans while celebrating life. The salt of the Earth, KOBYA learnt how to abstract his craft, turning pain to joy. His music puts a smile on your face and makes you want to dance!
 
2.00-2.30 & 3.00-3.30
BOTUE 
At 24 years old, Appiah has mastered the diverse cultures of West Africa and represents the beauty of Ghana with his telling dance style. He performs with highly captivating and unforgettable power, precision and energy. Being highly skilled in the dance and drumming allows him to expertly teach the understanding of the how the drumming and dance ‘talk’ with each other, a concept and understanding that is so important in African performance arts. With his new group Botue, Appiah is specialising in true traditional works. They perform a spectacular show of drum and dance and will have the audience spellbound by their acrobatics and agility.
 
4.00-4.45pm
KING BELL AND SOUKOUS BA CONGO
Flamboyant Kings Bell gives out the true African spirit that guarantees to make the crowd move. The audience can expect a feast of color and movement as 2 dancers and King Bell move to highly choreographed dance steps. Percussion solos and high energy traditional dance movements are guaranteed to capture the audience's attention.
 
MC SUZANNE WATTS
Suzanne has performed as a dancer, percussionist and vocalist at more than 500 Events & Festivals including WOMADELAIDE 2001. She has toured internationally with French music award winner So Kalmery, and was a key member of Melbourne band Musiki Manjaro, and member of the Sambole African Dance Company. In 1990's Suzanne trained and worked with Melbourne African bands Kotoko Ma with artists from African Royal Drummers & Matata Sound. Suzanne has performed with 2003 Australian Live Music Award winners King Bell & Soukous Ba Congo since 2000.

 

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