Africa ManiFest: Sounds of West Africa

Saturday 12th November

Throw yourself into a dance workshop, watch live performances, or get down to DJ sets, all on a day celebrating West African music.


1.30pm – 1.45pm: One Drum

The opening performance comes from an ensemble of music-makers, led by drumming organisation One Drum. After a process of mass participatory rehearsals, the group comes together to share their creations. One Drum is a collaborative ensemble of professional performers, artists and teachers from diverse backgrounds, committed to creating inclusive, engaging work that uses cultural expression as a catalyst to change perceptions.

2pm – 3pm: Falle Nioke

Falle Nioke is a singer and percussionist from Guinea-Conakry. He arrived in the UK four years ago, after a period travelling around West Africa singing with a troupe of musicians and learning different cultural rhythms. Since arriving, the 35-year-old has been making music with a number of producers, including Ghost Culture, sir Was, Congo Natty and Johan Hugo. He’s now working on his debut album.

3pm – 4pm: BORN N BREAD DJ collective

BORN N BREAD are a south-east London creative collective dubbed as major cultural influencers but most importantly a group of lifelong friends. They’ve used their own unique flair to create an authentic and refreshing series of printed fanzines, alongside hosting an NTS radio show, DJing internationally, appearing as panellists and curating events.

4pm – 5pm: Afla Sackey + Afrik Bawantu

Afrik Bawantu was formed in 2007 by Ghanaian vocalist and djembe drummer, Afla Sackey. Afla brings his musical dream of blending traditional Ghanaian music with sizzling Afrobeat grooves to life, topping it off with an irresistibly funky twist. Their unique blend of vibrant African rhythms with fast, animated horn sections and heavy bass lines brings a whole new definition to the Afro-funk genre.

5pm – 6pm: BORN N BREAD DJ collective

BORN N BREAD, the south-east London creative collective, are performing a second set in the Clore Ballroom.

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