Africa – Paisley 2021

Saturday 21 July, 2018

With over 10 performers on a single stage, this celebration of music, culture, fashion and food will be a fantastic (and free) family day out.

Queen of Soul music, Unoma Okudo, and her band are set to bring Paisley alive. The Nigeria-born and Glasgow-based singer-songwriter is a well-known voice in the music industry having played alongside professional artistes including Grammy award winner Macy Gray and soul legend Alexander O’Neal. She was right there at the 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony as a back-up vocalist for Donnie MacLean, Kylie Minogue and others.

Rise​ ​Kagona​ ​​quickly​ ​came​ ​to​ ​fame after​ ​travelling​ ​to​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​with​ ​his Bhundu​ ​Boys​ ​when​ ​he​ ​was​ ​in​ ​his​ ​early 20s.​ ​The​ ​Bhundu​ ​Boys​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​tour the​ ​world​ ​-​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​first​ ​African bands​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​worldwide​ ​success.

Andy​ ​Cooke​ ​​was​ ​described​ ​by​ ​artistic​ ​director​ ​Thomas Brooman,​ ​at​ ​WOMAD​ ​‘95,​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​integrated Western​ ​musicians​ ​he’d​ ​ever​ ​seen​ ​performing​ ​with​ ​Africans -​ ​at​ ​that​ ​time​ ​he​ ​was​ ​touring​ ​with​ ​traditional​ ​musician​ ​Albert Ssempeke​ ​from​ ​Uganda.​ ​​ ​Born​ ​in​ ​Uganda,​ ​Andy​ ​had travelled​ ​back​ ​and​ ​spent​ ​some​ ​10​ ​years​ ​learning​ ​from Ssempeke​ ​before​ ​that​ ​show.​ ​​ ​Since​ ​then​ ​Andy​ ​hasn’t​ ​looked back,​ ​studying​ ​in​ ​Ghana,​ ​Gambia​ ​and​ ​Uganda.

Sankofa Beats brings its passion for African dance and drumming to the event.  They fuse dance traditions learnt on their travels across the continent to create exciting new choreographies – high energy djembe dances, rhythmic gumboot, mesmerising belly dances and more.

Catch up with these and more world-class performers at this fantastic cultural celebration.

Africa – Paisley 2021 is a celebration of the legacy of Paisley 2021, funded by  Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund and organised by Action for Culture and Ethics.

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