Africa Oyé – the UK’s largest free celebration of African music & culture

Africa Oyé 2012 will be the festival’s 20th anniversary, and the organisers have announced the first of the acts confirmed to appear…

“In 2012 we are marking 20 years of bringing the best in African music and culture to the UK. Starting out as a series of small gigs in Liverpool’s city centre in 1992, Africa Oyé has gone from strength-to-strength, and has evolved into the foremost celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK. Over the past 20 years Oyé has brought some of the biggest names in music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America to Liverpool, including Tinariwen, Peter Tosh, Femi Kuti, and of course, last year’s headliner, ‘Queen of Reggae’ Marcia Griffiths”

2012 sees legendary dancehall master Yellowman take top billing along with Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga (DR of Congo), Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra (Nigeria/UK), Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra(Nigeria/UK), Yaaba Funk (Ghana/UK)

The weekend festival takes place in Liverpools Sefton Park – Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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