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Gambian master percussionist, and lead vocalist brings audiences an electrifying blend of Afro Manding fusion. Tantalizing traditional West African rhythms stem from the deep roots of vibrant life and cultures of the smiling coast of Africa. Musa & Xam Xam ‘s music combines infectious grooves, melodic charm, lush vocals, and funky rhythms, blending Afro-Manding and Afro-Jazz into an irresistible urban intensity.

Musa has earned himself a reputation of a true entertainer and a master of the art through his creativity and innovative approach to the new style of West African Music. Learning his craft with the watchful eyes of The Gambian pioneers of Afro- Manding music Ifang Bondi Band rising to make a name for himself with his unique style and approach to making the dance floor rock.

Musa Mboob & Xam Xam
Friday 23rd February 2024
The Brunsiwck

Starts 7:30pm


Family Day Take Part
Saturday 11th November 2023
Brighton Dome & Brighton Museum

Starts 11:00am - 5PM

A day dedicated to celebrating multi-cultural arts and heritage - expect dance, drumming, delicious food, singing, arts and crafts, creative workshops, live performances, film, stories and talks. Everyone is welcome.

Brought to you by African Night Fever and Brighton & Hove Black History. In partnership with Believe in Me CIC and Writing Our Legacy



  • Three activity tables of Arts & Crafts

  • Head wrapping in fabulous fabrics

  • Hair Braiding demo by Khaddy Jammeh

  • Face painting and henna tattoos


Performances by:

  • Drumheads Samba

  • Seeds of the Atlantic Slave Trade

  • Dunia Flamenco

  • Vocal Patchwork Choir

  • 'Meet the Chagossians'

  • West African Masquerade Dancers

  • Mbira Vibes

  • King Tafari Love Soundsystem



  • Djembe Drumming

  • JP Omari’s Funk Fit

  • Banyan Tree’s Afrobeat dance class

  • Body Percussion by Liz Ikamba

  • Bharatanatyam dance class and performance

  • Traditional Palestinian embroidery class

  • Uplifting group singing with Banyan Tree’s Real I Sing

  • Central African Ndombolo dance

  • Creative writing by Writing Our Legacy


Talks & Film:

  • The Shining Lights of Service: In Conversation with artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman MBE

  • Brighton, India and the First World War: In Conversation with Dr Kiran Sahota, from Believe in Me CIC

  • Seeds of the Atlantic Slave Trade: by Black History historians Suchi Chatterjee and Bert Williams MBE

African Night Fever and Ropetackle proudly invite you to take part in this special free, family friendly fun-packed day of workshops, embracing the magical spirit of West Africa and its cultures, plus an immersive lunch time concert finale with Namvula.

The workshops and concert are designed for all abilities and we encourage family participation.

Following the popularity and success of Steel Pulse and Strictly UB40, a strong core of seasoned musicians have formed one of the leading Bob Marley and the Wailers tribute bands: XODUS – often joined on stage by reggae legend Selwyn Brown, founding member and keyboard player of Steel Pulse.


Africa Take Part: Fun Family
Creative Workshops

Saturday 14th October 2023
Ropetackle Arts Centre

Starts 11:00am (Doors 10:30am)


African Night Fever: The Sounds of Marley with XODUS
Saturday 28th October 2023
Ropetackle Arts Centre

Starts 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm)


The Royal Regency 501 High Street North London E12 6QN

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Wednesday 9th Aug 2023
Lewes Con Club

Starts 7:30pm - 11:30pm 

Julian Junior Marvin was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to London as a child, where his family and the UK theater community nurtured his love for acting and music. He appeared in The Beatles’ film Help, followed by a number of successful appearances on British television. Julian Junior was also a member of the London cast of the musical Hairand can be heard on the original London cast recording.

After playing in various London-based bands, including Blue Ace Unit, Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers, White Rabbit, and Salt & Pepper, Julian Junior continued his musical apprenticeship in America, playing with such Blues and R&B legends as T-Bone Walker, Billy Preston and Ike & Tina Turner. He quickly earned a reputation as an innovative and expressive blues/rock guitarist.

Thursday 10th Aug 2023
Patterns, Brighton

Starts 7:00pm - 10:00pm 


Suntou Susso & Band
Friday 16th June 2023

Starts 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm)

Kora player, percussionist, singer, composer, griot and half-brother of Seckou Keita this is a real coup for Compton !
Irresistible, appealing, melodic Afro-pop songs which will have the dance floor filled.


Gnawa London
Sunday 18th June 2023
Hootananny Brixton

Starts 8:00pm - 11PM

Moroccan Master Guembri-player Simo Lagnawi represents Gnawa culture in the UK, with a show brimming with energy, movement and powerful vocals.

The Moroccan musician was raised in the Gnawa tradition and always remains true to his musical heritage.


Africa Take Part: Fun Family Creative Workshops
Saturday 2nd March 2024
Ropetackle Arts Centre

Starts 11.00AM

African Night Fever and Ropetackle proudly invite you to take part in this special free, family friendly fun-packed day of workshops, embracing the magical spirit of West Africa and its cultures.

The workshops are designed for all abilities and we encourage family participation.

Activities include:

  • Fun dance workshop with Ali Bangura and Kwame Ernerst-Obeng

  • Learn to move to the beats of West Africa, singing and clapping to joyous traditional songs

  • Fun filled African drumming workshop for all ages (limited spaces)

  • Timings:
    11am-12.30pm: arts and crafts activities, and two 30 min drumming workshops (spaces are limited, first come first served)

  • 1.30pm-2pm: West African dance workshop, open to all


African Night Fever: BCUC
Saturday 23rd March 2024
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Starts 8:00PM

The 2023 Womex Award winners bring their afro-psychedelic future pop from Soweto to Brighton

BCUC: Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness bring their mix of indigenous funk, hip-hop consciousness and punk rock energy from Soweto, South Africa.

A stone’s throw from the church where Desmond Tutu organised the escape of the most wanted anti-Apartheid activists of Soweto, BCUC rehearse in a shipping container-turned community restaurant, where their indomitable outspokenness echoes in a whole new way.  

Like its elders, Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness sees its music as a hedonistic trance, but also as a weapon of political and spiritual liberation.

The seven-piece band has been mesmerising audiences both locally and globally with its indigenous funk and high-energy performances that have fast made it one of South Africa’s most successful musical exports. 


African Night Fever: Saidi Kanda and Mvula-Mandondo
Saturday 30th March 2024
Ropetackle Arts Centre

Starts 8:00PM

Spiced up East African music with a modern twist.

Hailing from Tanzania and learning his craft from his grandfather, Saidi Kanda has become one of the most talented and revered multi-instrumentalists in African traditional music.

With a sweet melodic voice and charismatic stage presence, Saidi’s performances are full of upbeat, feel-good energy.

A former member of the great Remmy Ongala’s Super Matimila Band, Saidi was awarded Womad Percussionist of the Year in 1989.


London Afrobeat Collective Live @ Lewes Con Club
Saturday 6th April 2024
Lewes Con Club

Starts 7:30PM

London Afrobeat Collective are a tight-knit family of musicians from around the world, living in London and united by a love of afrobeat and a desire to take original music to new places.

This 8-strong collective from England, Italy, France, Congo, Argentina and New Zealand combine traditional afrobeat and hi-life with funk, jazz, Latin and dub to deliver party music born of their truly global DNA.


A regular hit on the UK and Europe touring circuit and celebrated for their raucous energy, heavy dance grooves and conscious lyrics, the band has rocked major stages from Glastonbury Festival (UK) to the Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, via Imagina Funk (Spain), Fusion Festival (Germany), Cully Jazz (Switzerland), Tempo Latino (France), Earth Garden (Malta) and many more.


African Night Fever: Roots 8
Friday17th May 2024
Ropetackle Arts Centre

Starts 6:30PM

A multi-national all-star eight-piece band boasting a wealth of super talented musicians and a tropical style of world music.

Roots 8 creates a sound that draws on rare groove rhythms combined with Afro-Caribbean jazz, African back beats, and soulful melodies. This evening will feature a feel good, tropical cocktail of sounds from Africa to the Caribbean.

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.

Please note, this event is primarily configured for standing and dancing. Limited seating is available to book for those who require it. Seating will be positioned around the edge of the auditorium, and visibility may be impacted.

Age Guidance 16+

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