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African Night Fever: Kanda Bongo Man & Band, Suntou Susso Kora player
Sunday 26th May 2024
Festival Big Top

Starts 7:30PM

Get ready to party as Steyning Festival joins forces with celebrated Brighton promoters African Night Fever to bring you an evening of sun-soaked rhythms and mesmerising melodies headlined by Kanda Bongo Man, one of the biggest stars in World Music, with support from Kora virtuoso Suntou Susso.

Kanda Bongo Man is famous for his exhilarating, energetic performances of Congolese Soukous music, uplifting and infectious beats deeply rooted in Congolese tradition. With his incredible seven-piece band behind him, we guarantee joyful hip-shaking grooves and a fantastic night out!

Support act Suntou Susso is a charismatic, engaging Gambian master musician, singer, composer and Kora player who’ll be performing traditional Kora songs as well as his own music. The sound of the Kora is breathtakingly beautiful, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy life-affirming, healing music from a rich cultural tradition.

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Africa Night Fever: Grupo Lokito
Saturday 22nd June 2024
Ropetackle Arts Centre

Starts 8:00PM

Africa Night Fever presents a sunshine party with Grupo Lokito – from Kinshasa to Havana!

Grupo Lokito create a modern-day cocktail of two of the great world music traditions. Fusing blistering contemporary Congolese grooves and soukous with the fire of Cuban rumba and salsa all under one roof.

The glorious, melodious vocals of Congolese front-men Eugene Makuta and Iddo Donnatella blend with the soaring guitars of Congolese maestro Mbokalia, the rhythmic grooves of Chocolat, and the lilting keyboards of Sara.

 

Afro-Caribbean food will be available from 6.30pm on the night from the Soul Food Sisters. No pre-booking necessary. Meat and vegetarian options are available.

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GiwHa and The 1618 
plus Support from Georgia Blankson

Sunday 23rd June 2024
Hootananny
Brixton, SW2 1DF
Starts 7.30PM -11:00PM

Following the incredible success of their sold-out show at The Ritzy (Upstairs) Brixton, GiwHa and The 1618 are back, and this time, they will be taking the stage at the legendary Hootananny Brixton! GiwHa's impressive resume includes opening for renowned acts like Sister Sledge, Norman Jay MBE, and Boogie Belgique, proving his ability to share the stage with the best in the business.

 Featuring Special Guest: Georgia Blankson!

Georgia Blankson will be joining us for the night, adding her sensational talents to the mix and ensuring an unforgettable musical journey for all.

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The Sounds Of Marley
Friday 28th June 2024

Brighton Open Air Theatre
Starts 7:00PM

Featuring members of the hugely successful and popular Steel Pulse & Strictly UB40, the UK's premiere Bob Marley & The Wailers tribute band - XODUS - arrives at BOAT for the very first time.

The band are often joined on stage by reggae legend Selwyn Brown - a Steel Pulse founding member, keyboard player & songwriter, who spent a significant amount of time touring with Bob Marley & The Wailers back in the 1980s. The evening will also feature some of Brighton's top DJs.

Get ready to dance to the beats of Rastaman Vibrations.

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African Night Fever: Mokoomba – Tusona Tour
Tuesday 20th Auguest 2024

Ropetackle Arts Centre
Starts 8:00PM

Mokoomba is a six-piece band from Zimbabwe. The band’s unique sound is a fusion of the different cultures and influences of the region, combining traditional rhythms with contemporary Zamrock.

Since releasing their groundbreaking album “Rising Tide” in 2012, Mokoomba has become a major force in global music, captivating audiences around the world with their raw energy and melodic harmonies.

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THE LEGENDARY CONGOS
Wednesday 21st Auguest 2024

Komedia
Starts 7.30PM

A duo comprised of Cedric Myton and Roydel “Ashanti” Johnson, the Congos are known primarily known for one record, Heart of the Congos, released in 1977. Reggae historian Steve Barrow, considers it as good as seminal reggae recordings such as Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Natty Dread, Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey, and the Mighty Diamonds’ Right Time. This is not an exaggeration. Myton and Johnson, working with Lee Perry at his Black Ark Studios in Kingston created a masterpiece, one of (if not the) finest production job of Perry’s long and prolific career.

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African Night Fever:
Seckou Keita – Homeland

Saturday 26th October 2024

Ropetackle Arts Centre
Starts 8:00PM (Doors Open 7.30PM)

“There is something uplifting and utterly contemplative about this music” ~ Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

Seckou is a luminary figure amongst African traditional musicians. Hailing from Senegal, his journey from a gifted child to a globally recognised musician has been nothing short of remarkable.

Dubbed as “the Hendrix of the Kora”, Seckou’s innovative approach and exceptional skill constantly pushes the boundaries of what the instrument can achieve.

With a discography boasting 14 critically-acclaimed albums and with over 25 million streams on Spotify alone, a collection of prestigious awards including multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Seckou have made an indelible mark on the global music scene.

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Seckou Keita: Homeland Tour
Sunday 27th October 2024

The Stables Milton Keynes,
Starts 8:00PM

Seckou Keita is a renowned Kora virtuoso who stands as a luminary amongst African traditional musicians. Hailing from Southern Senegal, his journey from a gifted child to a globally recognised musician has been nothing short of remarkable. 

Dubbed as "the Hendrix of the Kora'', Seckou's innovative approach and exceptional skill constantly pushes the boundaries of what the instrument can achieve. With a discography boasting 14 critically-acclaimed albums cumulating over 25 million streams on Spotify alone, and a collection of prestigious awards, including multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, he always leaves an indelible mark on the music scene.

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