Saturday 29 August
3:00 - 3:30 African dance & drum class
3:45 - 4:30 Linos Wengaro (African band)
5:00 - 5:30 Ernest Kwame Obeng (African dance troupe)
5:45 - 6:30 Linos Wengaro (African band)
Ernest Kwame Obeng High Energy African Drummers and Dance - Ernest Obeng is a professional dancer, drummer and choreographer from Accra, Ghana. One of 4 dancers in his family, Ernest grew up training and performing across the country with Amateur Dance groups before he was invited to join the National Dance Company of Ghana in the early 1990’s. Moving to the UK in 2000 Ernest has worked alongside some of the most significant agents of dance of the African diaspora, such as Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble, and Peter Badej A teacher on BBC’s Strictly African Dance 2005 Ernest is also a regular teacher/performer at Womad International Festival of Music, Arts and Dance with long-time friend and colleague Landing Mane, and an integral practitioner to the leading Drum and Dance Camps and residencies in the UK. Now based in Brighton, Ernest teaches regular classes in a variety of West African music and dance traditions as well as Salsa, Street Dance and Zumba. Ernest will be conducting a free African dance class, so come early to take part!o OBE.
Linos Wengaro with Zimbawebre - Based in Brighton but with musical roots in Zimbabwe, Zimbaremabwe led by Linos Wengara Magaya play traditional sets with the Mbira, the spiritual instrument of Zimbabwean culture, at the core of their music. Zimbaremabwe have performed at Rhythm Tree, Shambala, Womad, Tribal Earth, One Love, Solfest, Wattsfest, Sidmouth Folf festival, Mela festivals, and venues such as Komedia (Brighton), SOAS concert series, Shaka Zulu, Kemia Bar, Troxy theatre (London), Railway (Winchester), Winter Garden theatre (Eastbourne).
Zimbaremabwe fuses the traditional sounds of Mbira with modern Reggae to give us a spiritual and social message that is relevant today. Zimbaremabwe move an audience both in spirit and in a dance. https://youtu.be/quHiEITrOt0
Wade ''Big Trini'' Austin - Trinidad-born, London-based Wade Austin is not just a steel pan player but a versatile musician at home in a Soca band, improvising in a jazz or African ensemble or adding a distinct Caribbean sound for up and coming rappers on the British hip-hop scene, namely NU Breed- Sway, Skinny man, TB - and Scalli, whose album ‘Straight Talking’ Wade produced in its entirety. Wade’s successes include a sizzling R&B tune called ‘Get Money’ with MC Gedaluci and a series of electro dance numbers under the name Dewa Beats, music with the kind of energy rush that makes the walls sweat in packed clubs from London, Chicago to Port Of Spain. https://youtu.be/g_rWHH6xAgQ
Afrikaba and African Night Fever work in collaboration to bring the best of Africa and the Caribbean to the South East.
Afrikaba 2015, Oct 3-11. Come and enjoy the annual cross-arts festival of African & Caribbean heritage and culture in Hastings & St Leonards
Food and drink will be available from the outside terrace bar until 8pm and in the Cafe Bar & Kitchen until 6pm.