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Africa Oyé takes over Sefton Park this weekend

Africa Oye, the UK’s biggest free festival of music and culture from Africa and the Diaspora, will grace Sefton Park once again this weekend with an acclaimed line-up of global talent.

The artists performing this year include DR Congo’s genre-bending Mbongwana Star, Ghanian highlife legend, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, kora-playing pioneer, Sona Jobarteh and UK rapper and poet, Akala.

Introduced for the first time at last year’s event, the ‘Oyé Introduces’ showcase will see local talent kick off both days of the festival, giving some of the area’s brightest artists the chance to share the stage with the ever-eclectic international Oyé line-up. This year’s chosen acts include Liverpool’s own jazz and soul supremo, XamVolo as well as Mamadou Diaw, a master drummer from Senegal now based in the city and RIMKA, whose unique sabar beat dance music will kick off the festival in style on Saturday.

The main stage acts will be complemented by the usual eclectic ‘Oyé Village’ featuring an array of foods from across the globe, traders, DJs, dance classes, the Afrobeats tent, workshops in the Active Zone, as well as kids entertainment to keep Sefton Park buzzing throughout the festival weekend.

Africa Oyé will take place on 18th and 19th June in Sefton Park, from 12:30pm until 9:30pm both days. Entrance is FREE for all. For more information, please visit

You can download a PDF version of this year’s festival brochure from the official Oyé website here:

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