Focus Africa Music Festival is a brand new multicultural musical showcase in the heart of London, at Rich Mix, East London’s No1 independent arts venue.
The third edition is taking place on Saturday 1st June, 2019.
Expect the Best Music that the African continent could offer.
: Free drum and dancing workshop
*Live: Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu
(Ghana — Afrobeat / Hi-Life)
We are still working on the final lineup
Stalls will be available: booking on a first come first served basis [email protected]
Stall 1: Ethnicity Clothing
Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu·Saturday
Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu is an orchestra producing African rhythm-driven, dance inducing fusion with traditional roots, formed by Ghanaian vocalist and djembe drummer Afla Sackey.
Afrik Bawantu’s original compositions blend highlife from West African percussion and more funk, rock genres, enhancing the cross-cultural collaboration. The uplifting rhythm section in harmony with roaring brass accompanied by high-powered bass lines creates a powerful Afro-Funk sound with an energy that drives audiences to the dance floors.
Their music is about unity and togetherness. Afla was inspired by homelessness and refugee crisis when writing his compositions.
Afla’s incredible orchestrations and compositions rejuvenate the long tradition of Ghanaian dance drumming and song, by weaving melodies in his native tribal language of Ga and English between complex drumming patterns, explosive solos and dynamic horn phrases lifted by funky guitar riffs and groovy bass lines.
Alfa’s talent has been recognised by many well-established musicians whom he has collaborated with and played as a session musician. Great artists such as Sun Ra, Ginger Baker, Seun Kuti, Sons Of Kemet, Tony Allen, Yaaba Funk, Dele Sosimi and many more.
Afrik Bawantu has been invited to the BBC Radio Theatre to be a part of Global Beats program in 2015 and to perform live at Outlook Inspirations 50’s Anniversary Awards in 2016. They have performed at numerous festivals in the UK and Europe. In London they have headlined the Africa on the Square festival in 2015 and London African Festival. Other major festivals include Shambala, Secret Garden Party, Back2Black, Green Man Festival, Africa Utopia, Fieldview Festival and others. Jam’in Jette Festival in Brussels has had the band twice within half a year
«The stunningly international 10-piece [AfrikBawantu] band take traditional Ghanaian music and scorching Afro-beat grooves and give them a funky fusion twist.»
«AfrikBawantu blends vibrant African percussions to a funky horn section, spreading their Afro Funk energy to everyone in the audience.»