8:15 pm | Covent Garden West Piazza
Asa is a Parisian born Nigerian singer songwriter. She became an artist in Lagos, fueled on old-school Soul, and was signed by a French label. She’s clearly one of the most exciting artists to have emerged in the last decade. She’s a whirlwind, she’s happiness, and she is a craze.
Her songs say a lot about our melancholy, our dreams, our thoughts and our reflections. Asa’s life is part of her songs as much as our life is part of her songs. The inexhaustible subject that is love, the spiritual calling, the need to party or to simply share a cup of tea with 2 friends.
6:10 pm | West Piazza
Fuse ODG is urban music's most thrilling new talent in years, and the brightest star of the Afrobeats sound. His viral hit 'Azonto' became a YouTube dance sensation – securing over 12 million views. It’s also an anthem that has spread the Ghanaian dance craze around the world. His message and music fizzes with the most irresistible kind of fun, but Fuse is also serious about using his music to change lives. He is hot on the charts with his third single ‘Million Pound Girl’ debuting at no.5 in the UK, and a debut album featuring collaborations with the likes of Wyclef and Sean Paul.
4:50 pm | West Piazza
From Luanda to Rotterdam, Paris to Lisbon, and everywhere else, Bonga belongs to that caste of African singers who have sublimated their roots. His rasping, powerful voice is immediately identifiable and anyone listening to his albums remains entranced from start to finish. With its eighteen tracks, his “Best of” album illustrates a fascinating career that spans different periods and continents with the Atlantic Ocean as its connecting thread.
12:20 pm | West Piazza
Seamlessly infusing his Berber origins with deep gnawa grooves, Simo Lagnawi’s trance-inducing music is an unstoppable expression of freedom and liberation. Playing traditional Gnawa (sacred trance music from Morocco) and Gnawa Fusion with, Electric Jalaba, Gnawa Griot, and Gnawa Blues Allstars, Simo continuously pushes new boundaries.
1:05 pm | West Piazza
A hip-hop artist that captivates his audience with his realness by being both open and honest. His delivery has carried him to places such as Canada, USA and The Netherlands to name a few. He rocks crowds with energy and thought provoking lyrics that safely carry you through a roller coaster of emotions.
Studio Afro Latino
1:50 pm | East Piazza
The S.A.L. team aims to support and develop the teaching and promotion of Kizomba & Afro dance. Today S.A.L has several branches across the UK and France, and the authenticity of its work is recognized in the Afro-Luso culture and dance community in the UK.
2:20 pm | West Piazza
TAALI M is a Parisian based songwriter and singer of Congolese, Chadian, and Egyptian heritage. By absorbing and blending many influences, she has been able to create a new musical path. Her music is a combination of late 80’s Pop Rock, Ska, Ragga with traditional chants and rhythm from Africa. Taali M wants to use her music as a medium to share her Thoughts, Concerns and Hope for a better world.
Emeka Elendu Presents - Kalakuta
3:45 pm | West Piazza
Emeka Elendu Presents - Kalakuta to give to the world new, modern music, which innovates and pushes the boundaries of Afro Beat music, continuing on from where it was left by Fela Kuti. Afro Beat has all the ingredients of life!
7:00 pm | West Piazza
A multi-cultural, genre-busting band that represents at least three continents and many musical flavours. They’ve rocked shows from Canada To Bali and are known for their high energy stage performance and their innovative album releases. Their debut album Prepare & Assemble was the world’s first album downloadable from Sun Glasses and their current release Through The Lense is available as a fully immersive interactive app.
DJ OYA BUN
Defining himself as a West African melting pot, OYA BUN has built a particular approach to rhythm and sounds, mixing tunes and melodies from all over the African continent. His music takes you on a journey through African musical landscapes, blending different generations of musicology. He has mixed in various clubs in London, Paris and Abidjan.
DJ AINA ROXX
Born in London to a Norwegian mother and a Jamaican father, AiNA ROXX is a vocalist, DJ and songwriter who packs a powerful performance. From playing the piano at the age of 7 to joining her first band at 15, music has always been a prominent force.
She has dedicated time to honing her craft by collaborating with an eclectic array of acts and "enjoys the challenge of fusing different genres".
The Story Within is a celebration of portrait photography in Africa since the 1960s.
Africa is home to some of the world’s most talented photographers whose style has developed from documenting the streets and popular culture into a diverse contemporary practice.
The digital exhibition will depict African portraiture and the great diversity of this tradition. A series of curated images will morph into an animated display, inviting the viewer to dive into a 3-dimensional space while being immersed in an exploratory cultural and historical journey. Aesthetics and styles will be featured from photographers such as award-winning Malick Sidibé, and rising-stars Mario Macilau, Aida Muluneh, Joana Choumali and Omar Victor Diop.
Moroccan photographer and renowned artist Hassan Hajjaj will honour the tradition of the photography studio by capturing striking styles among visitors. Recreating his famous décor influenced by club, hip-hop and reggae scenes of London, Hassan will shoot the most stylish Festival goers. The photographs will be showcased as part of an online campaign.
Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Missing Chapter
Autograph ABP’s fifth presentation in their ongoing series of public Image Projections featuring photographic research from The Missing Chapter (TMC) - a three-year project which presents rarely seen photographs of black presences in the UK from mid 19th and early 20th century. Accompanied by DJ Aina Roxx, referencing musical idioms evolved from those periods including jazz, blues and classical music.
Anyone with a passion in photography is invited to enter and engage in the 2015 photo contest themed ‘August in Africa’. We are looking for striking, fun digital images to celebrate people, London, diversity – and their important connection to each other. Entrants will have a chance to win numerous prizes.
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State of the art photo booths set up on the piazza will welcome kids and adults for a fun and exciting way to capture the moment. A fun memory maker customized to complete the immersion into the event.
The fashion show will showcase the most talented designers from the continent and its diaspora. The show aims to be inspiring, motivational and entertaining whilst bringing awareness about diversity and talents within the fashion industry.
Lomography will be running a special LC-A+ workshop starting at their Soho Store. You will learn tips and tricks of shooting with this compact automatic 35mm camera, showing you how to take fun portraits and double exposures too. The team will then take participants to Covent Garden to test out your newfound knowledge.
The workshop will start at 1pm and is FREE but places are limited so booking is advised, book by ringing 02074341466. (Includles the loan of camera and one roll of film. There will be a small charge for film processing at the end of the workshop.
Meet the photographer
Ahead of the Africa Centre Summer Festival, join photographer Javier Hirschfeld at the Apple Store, Covent Garden from 5:30pm. He’ll discuss the inspiration behind his images, and explore African portrait photography and its rich history.
Click here to register.
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Covent Garden Piazza
Closest Tube Stations:
- Covent Garden
- Leicester Square
Due to road closures on 1 August 2015 for the Prudential bike ride, public transport is advised.
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The Africa centre
For 50 years now, the Africa Centre has played a unique role in supporting African culture, enterprise and education in the UK. We are dedicated to offering everyone with an interest in African current affairs and contemporary culture and business the opportunity to socialise, network and meet like-minded people via a dynamic programme of events scheduled throughout the year.
Our vision is to be the London hub for African culture, enterprise and development that is strong, vibrant and contemporary.
"The role of the Centre going forward has to be very closely intertwined with the current positive developments in Africa."
Arnold Ekpe –
Former CEO, Ecobank
"The Africa Centre has always been a meeting point for both Africans in Africa and also Africa in the diaspora, so the legacy of the Africa Centre is a very important one."
Yinka Shonibare MBE –
"The Africa Centre represents where the Continent’s varied and vibrant cultures meet and are shared with many."
Rosalind Kainyah MBE –
Trustee, The Africa Centre
"The Africa Centre is a hub for cultural and business activity; it is a centre for people to engage with, now and in the future."
Oba Nsugbe QC –
Trustee, The Africa Centre