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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.

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