The Mandela Gala Dinner

Friday 22th July

A special Gala Dinner with the Mandela Family as part of Mandela8’s ‘Mandela Week’ celebrations.

Fiercely proud of his Senegalese roots, Diabel is a creative visionary pushing the boundaries of the Senegalese sound, with his unique Afro Mandingue Blues style. Coming from a great line of Cissokho griots, Diabel Cissokho’s musical pedigree is exceptional, counting Youssou N’Dour, Baaba Maal, Amadou and Mariam, Manu Dibango and Ernest Ranglin, as musical peers.

As an ambassador for the new generation of Senegalese music,Diabel aims to bring his unique Afro Mandingue Blues style, transcendent Mandinkan melodies, and raucous Senegalese rhythms to the world.
Daliso Chaponda

With over 300 million views of his stand up online, Daliso is also the writer, creator, and host of his Rose d’Or nominated BBC Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere that has aired for two series.

Daliso Chaponda shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, making it to the final of the 2017 series and establishing himself a firm favourite with the judges and the British public. He has performed around the world and at the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Singapore, and Cape Town comedy festivals.

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Dorcas Seb

Dorcas Seb is a Congolese multi-disciplinary artist who specialises in drama, music and poetry. Recent theatre credits include The Living Newspaper 6 (The Royal Court), Buttercup (BBC Arts), Big Up (Theatre-Rites & 20 Stories High) and Black Men Walking (Eclipse Theatre). As a musician she has supported line ups including UK artists Akala, Lady Leshurr, Sway and Lowkey.

She has also worked with BBC, Netball World Cup, Writing On The Wall, International Slavery Museum, Savera UK and more in her time as a writer and spoken-word artist.

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Ni Maxine

Liverpool Neo-Jazz Singer-Songwriter. Growing up on MTV Base and cassette mixtapes made by her mum, Ni listened to everything from gospel and rare groove through to funk and R&B from a young age.

From writing songs in the car with her brother and sister, drumming on the back of headrests, beatboxing and singing, through to listening to the likes of Herbie Hancock and Fela Kuti on Jazz FM. Ni has been working on a body of music which explores themes of home, identity, self-esteem and belonging. With ‘a sense of duty to reflect the times’, Ni Maxine presents the story of a Black woman navigating today’s world.

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Diabel Cissokho

Fiercely proud of his Senegalese roots, Diabel is a creative visionary pushing the boundaries of the Senegalese sound, with his unique Afro Mandingue Blues style. Coming from a great line of Cissokho griots, Diabel Cissokho’s musical pedigree is exceptional, counting Youssou N’Dour, Baaba Maal, Amadou and Mariam, Manu Dibango and Ernest Ranglin, as musical peers.

As an ambassador for the new generation of Senegalese music,Diabel aims to bring his unique Afro Mandingue Blues style, transcendent Mandinkan melodies, and raucous Senegalese rhythms to the world.

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