Oyé Vibe: Issue 1, Autumn 2016
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It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the first ever edition of the Oyé Vibe!

As the organisation and festival has grown, we find ourselves involved in more and more fantastic projects and events throughout the year and we thought, what better way to keep the Oyé Family informed than with a brand new newsletter.

So where do we start? Well, if you visited us at the festival in Sefton Park last June - thank you! Especially big thanks to those who stayed until the wet and bitter end! Oyé cannot exist without all of you and your incredible support. 

The 2017 festival will be our 25th Anniversary edition (where has the time gone?!) and we have some exciting plans in store, not only for the festival weekend but elsewhere as well. We can't wait to let you know what we'll be up to.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. There are still plenty of activities around Liverpool this year that we know you will love; some we're involved in and others we just wanted to share with you.

Thank you all for taking part in what we do and keeping Africa Oyé alive and thriving. 

Peace and Blessings

Paul & The Oyé Team

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Merki Waters @ LMHF
Saturday 8th October
On stage 4:00pm
Williamson Square, Liverpool

FREE Entry


THIS SATURDAY, Liverpool-based rapper and singer Merki Waters will perform at this year’s Liverpool Mental Health Festival as part of a partnership with us at Africa Oyé.

Ahead of its flagship festival earlier this year, we announced a partnership with Liverpool’s Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) Mental Health Strategy Group – part of Liverpool Mental Health Consortium.

The BAMER Group’s aim is to make sure that everyone who’s experiencing anxiety, stress, depression – or other forms of mental distress – can get access to the advice, information, support or advocacy they need, quickly and effectively, whilst having their cultural needs met.
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Yussef Kamaal
Wednesday 9th November
Doors: 7:30pm
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool

£10.00 adv

In the midst of the UK's burgeoning jazz scene in 2016, it is an honour to bring an act that represent the new wave of jazz-funk to the intimate surrounds of 24 Kitchen Street in Liverpool.

Yussef Kamaal have recently sold out headline shows at Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Cafe, and put on now-legendary performances for Boiler Room and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.
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BBC Radio 1Xtra Live
Saturday 8th October
ECHO Arena, Liverpool



Stormzy. Damian Marley. Giggs. Lady Leshuur. Sean Paul. Wretch 32. Craig David.

If you managed to grab a ticket for this event at the Echo in Liverpool you're in for a treat.

A final few tickets will be given away in on-air competitions on 1Xtra in the days leading up to the event so tune in to 1Xtra for more information.
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The West African Blues Project
Wednesday 30th November
Doors: 7:30pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room

£12.50 adv


Modou Touré and Ramon Goose will be returning to Liverpool at the end of November for what will be a very special evening at the Philharmonic's Music Room.

The duo will be performing a new collaboration 'The West African Blues Project' which will blend the vocalists of Touré and blues maestro Goose. If you missed their Oye Introduces set the 2015 festival, don't let them pass you by a second time.
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A Conversation with Krept & Konan

Friday 7th October
Doors: 7:00pm
Constellations, Liverpool

£5.00 adv


Having collaborated with artists as diverse as Rick Ross, Ed Sheeran and Wiz Khalifa, this lecture from the brilliant Krept & Konan will chart the duo's progress from their association with the notorious Gipset crew, through to a major label deal and transatlantic influence.
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The Yoruba Women Choir
Friday 28th October
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

£20.00 adv


Nigeria’s Yoruba Women Choir, founded by Funmi Olawumi, is simply one of the most incredible choirs on the planet.

Their ten soloists create music that is simply beautiful with exquisite harmonies as deep as the ocean and joyful songs that lift your spirit and sooth your soul.

The 10 singers of the choir and their 7-piece band create a stunning stage show that leaves you breathless from the minute they arrive on stage.

With soloists from many genres of Yoruba-Nigerian music expect a spectacular show in the grand tradition of Nigeria.

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BKO Quintet
Thursday 1st December
Doors: 8pm
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool

£8.00 adv

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Following their acclaimed set at out 2015 festival, BKO Quintet are back for a UK tour!

The group’s music is born from a meeting between five established artists - a gathering which provides a journey into the heart of the contemporary Mali.

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Ghost Town w/ Don Letts
October 29th
The Shipping Forcast
9pm til late
FREE Entry


Too much fighting on the dancefloor...

The brilliant Don Letts will be visiting Liverpool this October and will be taking the decks at The Shipping Forecast with support from Oye regulars, Richie Vegas and K Marley. 9:00pm till late and it's FREE. 
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DaDaFest presents...
Amadou and Mariam

Saturday 3rd December
Doors: 7pm
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

£19.50 adv

This December, as part of their 2016 festival, DaDaFest have brough African artists, Amadou and Mariam to the Liverpool stage. 

Married for more than 25 years after meeting in the orchestra of The Institute for the Young Blind in Bamako, they have produced a magical fusion of pop, blues and traditional Malian music which has won them fans and stellar collaborators around the world. 
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Liverpool SoulFest 2016
8th / 9th October
Various Venues, Liverpool
More Info


Liverpool Soulfest is back this weekend with a whole heap of Soulfulness for everyone.
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Oyé isn't just about the music! Here's some other cultural and family events coming up...
November 4th
Nelson Mandela Memorial Campaign

Alex Young Suite, Everton Football Club
Drinks from 7.30pm


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Remembering the legacy of Mandela and how the power of sport can be used for good.

Join a panel of sports commentators, writers & stars including current Olympian Anyika Onuora, first Black player for LFC Howard Gayle, former LFC and England player John Barnes, former Premier League and England player Trevor Sinclair & more special guests.

Tickets £25 or £210 for a table of 10: includes drinks on arrival, Mandela Scouse Supper, conversation, and entertainment courtesy of Africa Oyé.
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   October 24th
   International Slavery        Museum

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   Artist Jon Daniel will be      hosting a fun fuelled day    of free events where you    can make your own            masterpieces.
Drop in event; go find your hidden talent.

October 22nd 
Day of the Dead
Fun-filled day of Halloween games, activities and workshops for all the family.
Only £5 per child // Adults - Free // Kids under 2 - Free // No booking fee.

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Movema Grand Opening & 7th Birthday Fiesta
October 29th
Cains Brewery, Liverpool


Movema World Dance Studios are holding their launch event on 29th October, 12 - 5pm at Cains Brewery in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle!

It’s a fundraising event for all the family, featuring free live music and dance workshops to celebrate both their seventh birthday and grand opening!

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