Oyé Vibe: Issue 2, Winter 2017
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Happy New Year! And welcome to the 2nd edition of the Oyé Vibe.

In 2017 we'll be celebrating our 25th Anniversary Festival with a line-up showcasing some of the finest acts that we've had the pleasure of working with over the last twenty five years. With dates for the festival now confirmed - 17th & 18th June - we can't wait to share the first names confirmed for this fantastic line-up soon.

We've already had lots of enquiries with regards to trading at this year's festival. Applications will officially open on February 10th via, but you can register your interest now by emailing

In addition to the festival this year, we'll also be hosting a packed programme of events throughout the year, including associated gigs and exhibitions with partners old and new under our #Oye25 banner.

Keep your eyes peeled to our website and social networks (details below) for all the latest news as we approach this historic milestone.

Peace and Blessings,

Paul & The Oyé Team


Fiesta Bombarda Cathedral Carnival

27th & 28th January
Liverpool Cathedral


Prepare yourselves for the biggest Fiesta Bombarda to date, as radiant brass melodies and rousing African rhythms are set to entwine themselves around one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings for two days this month.

In association with Africa Oyé, Ibibio Sound Machine will be playing on the Friday of the festival;  a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West-African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro.
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Positive Vibration: Festival Of Reggae

9th & 10th June
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool


Liverpool's award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage, Positive Vibration, returns in June 2017 for a jam-packed weekend of cultural appreciation and positivity.

Headlining will be legendary 2-Tone band, The Selecter, one of the key bands of the U.K ska revival of the late '70s and early ‘80s, often tackling sexism along with racism and other social ills.

Front-woman Pauline Black has also been confirmed as one of the panelists at the festival’s Reggae Q&A.
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7th March
Doors: 7:00pm
Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool



Grammy-award winning Tuareg group, Tinariwen will play Liverpool's Invisible Wind Factory in 2017.

The Saharan Blues stars will perform music from their new album 'Elwan', due for release in February next year as well as songs from their impressive back catalogue stretching back over fifteen years.

Harvest Sun Promotions are pleased to have teamed up with Africa Oyé to bring the Malian group to one of Liverpool's most exciting new venues, 13 years after they played their first ever UK show at Oyé '04.
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Seun Kuti

20th March
Doors: 7:30pm
Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool


Youngest son of the late, great Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti heads to Liverpool with his father's legendary band, Egypt 80.

This is only his second show in Liverpool since graduating as a student from Liverpool's very own LIPA back in the early 2000s! His first at The Kazimier back in 2011 was hailed as one of the venue's finest shows.

One of the true modern leaders of the Afrobeat genre with a high energy live show taking in his father's back catalogue as well as Seun's own material.
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Africa Oyé: 25th Anniversary Festival

17th & 18th June
Times TBC
Sefton Park, Liverpool


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2017 will see Africa Oyé celebrate its 25th anniversary. A whole host of events are set to take place throughout Liverpool over the next 12 months and now the dates for the centerpiece of it all - this year's Africa Oyé Festival - have been announced.

On 17th & 18th June, a handpicked line-up of acts from Oyé's 25-year history will descend on Liverpool's Sefton Park for a weekend of incredible music and cultural celebrations.
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The Adventures of Andy Kershaw

9th & 10th February
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

An evening with broadcaster, foreign correspondent and Oyé DJ alumni, this one man show has become a highlight of literary festivals.

From being Billy Bragg’s roadie to reporting on the horrors of 1994 Rwanda, Kershaw is a DJ who breaks the rules and dares to be different, and to play something different: irresistible dance music from Soukouss to Salsa, Roots Reggae to Rai, Soca to South African Township Jive. 
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Spotlight On: AKON Lighting Africa

We have been keeping up to date with the AKON Lighting Africa project since it was founded in 2014. Last year was great for the team, readdressing the challenge for 600 million Africans having no access to electricity. 

AKON was interviewed late 2016 about the project - see what he has to say about its development here
Spotlight On: Jazz North

Jazz North are a dynamic and vibrant jazz development agency that supports artists, grows audiences, inspires children & young people and builds networks.

Artists and their creative practice are at the heart of every project they support and they welcome partners who share our values. More Info

Reflection: Living the Legacy - Nelson Mandela Memorial Fundraiser

Oyé was proud to be involved in the Nelson Mandela Memorial Fundraiser before Christmas that saw over £2000 raised.

For more info on the memorial plans, click here

In Place Of War: Equipment Call-Out

In Place of War is making five new cultural spaces and music studios in five of the most challenging settings in the world.

To find out how you can help by donating equipment from the music and fashion industries, click here
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