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Sat 21st Jul at 11:00am
BT River Of Music - Africa Stage
@ London Pleasure Gardens, London
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BT River Of Music - Africa Stage: Angelique Kidjo + Baaba Maal + Hugh Masekela + Justin Adams + King Sunny Ade + Seckou Keita + Wizboyy + JuJu
A once-in a lifetime festival of music the weekend before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
A spectacular global summit of rhythm and song, the two-day free event will act as a curtain-raiser for the sporting celebrations to follow and will feature artists representing all Olympic and Paralympic nations, from the largest nations to the tiniest ocean island speck.
BT River of Music will present the city's residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to sample a kaleidoscope of the world's most vibrant contemporary music.
Established, award-winning and emerging artists from every part of the globe will be performing on stages at six iconic sites along the length of the River Thames each hosting music from a different continent.
See www.btriverofmusic.com for further information.
Born in Benin (West Africa), Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. Kidjo's internationally acclaimed repertoire includes collaborations with various recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, Joss Stone, and many more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she also promotes education for girls in Africa through her foundation, Batonga and travels the world as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador.
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From humble beginnings Baaba Maal has risen to become one of the world's most powerful performers. His songs convey a message of empowerment, enlightenment and peace against a backdrop of music, which is a mix of both the traditional and contemporary sounds of Senegal and West Africa in general.
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The legendary African superstar, jazz/world musician and freedom fighter.
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The vanguard of the first international Afropop invasion, he makes juju unforgettable. An explosive mixture of thundering grooves, glorious call and response, intricately meshed guitars and the rich eloquence of the talking drum.
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A potent cocktail of spiritual Afro-Mandinka music with a twist of jazz composed by a Sekou Keita, a griot and international Kora player with a fantastic musical family pedigree. Respecting a musical tradition that stretches back to the 13th Century and the Mandinka Empire of West Africa, Seckou is an established contemporary master of the Kora, the 21-stringed African harp. With his feet firmly rooted in the twenty-first century and the identity of his heritage clear, Seckou is keen to experiment and develop fresh ideas.
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JuJu has been created by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara. The band formed out of many months of intensive touring in support of their previous album 'Tell No Lies'. They became more excited by the ecstatic spirit created by their live performances and their new musical identity developed in clubs and festivals around the world. In Spring 2011 they took the new band (JuJu) and the new material into the studio at Real World - channelling trancey rhythms from traditional Africa, leftfield jazz and the wilder end of rock.
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Venue: London Pleasure Gardens
Royal Victoria Docks
E16 2BS 51.502953, 0.040174
→ Silvertown and London City Airport 6 min walk
→ Royal Albert 9 min walk