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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