Jazz and Roots presents Africa Calling

Jazz and Roots presents AFRICA CALLING:
World cultures come together at The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury, for a humanitarian aid fundraiser.

Across nine West African Countries, the UN estimates 15 million people are already affected by severe food shortage (twice the 7.2m population of Greater London).

The situation in Mali is perhaps the most complicated, it has been violently halved in size, as its northern half (an area larger than France) was seized by rebel Tuaregs and extremists during a surprise Southern based Coup d'etat in April. At least 170,000 refugees fled for sanctuary in makeshift camps, straddling the country’s borders. The remaining population; often too poor to afford fuel or fares to leave, have been left very exposed to the rebels mounting human rights abuses and starvation.

Very few aid agencies are still able to operate in these
conditions. Oxfam, The Red Cross and Unicef are three that are still delivering food and medicines and developing longer term aid solutions.

Africa Calling is being held to raise funds and awareness for these agencies. It will be a family-friendly day and night festival with a vast array of world-inspired activities including:

Jazz and Roots Africa Calling Sunday July 8th, open from 10am until 7pm and 8pm until 11.30pm.

Dropping in on us and playing during the day we will have Tuareg, Wodabe and Gourmantché musicians from Niger and Mali, a colourful brass band from Jaipur, Rajastan and a Caribbean musician from Antigua drumming with friends.

Our musicians will be milling about, sharing their music and instruments in musical encounters -  for instance Mamane Barka from Niger will share tales and play the Biram, the last of that instrument, on earth!

We will have a Kids Zone: Children's Prizewinning Art Exhibition, Saharan Sand pit, painting and drawing, face paints, hair braiding and a Nomadic Children's Library courtesy of Send a Book to Mali.

We are hosting Chris Burt, the Peach Tree Chef (who was brought up in West Africa) demonstrating his African Cookery for breakfast, lunch and supper, and a Middle Eastern Food stall, juices and exotic smoothies.

During the day, Dance around the World workshops, with Cajun, Salsa, Tango, Zumba & African and a special children's urban dance workshop.

Teas of the World Salon - including Chai, Chachi (W. African bitter/sweet green tea) and good old British tea!

Also we're putting on a mini African Film festival, showing films never seen outside Mali before (some specially made for us and others a gift of the Director of the Festival of the Niger).

And a raffle and Promise Auction!

The evening (8pm until 11.30pm)  has special musical treats in store... a headline act to be announced shortly, and two Sahelian musicians who will splay separately and together-  a Gourmantché Reggaeman, Diassibo Tchiombiano  and Tuareg Guitarist, Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla (Etran Finatawa), These two have CD's being launched in Europe around now.  The nights music will be supported by a lot of very talented local musicians too!

Adult tickets cost £5 for the day, £8 for the night or combined tickets are available for £11.

12+ and students cost £3 for the day, £5 for the night or combined tickets are available for £7.                                  

Kids  aged 0-12 are free!



I'm searching for some african entertainment for an African charity ball I am organising. Does anyone have any contacts that may lead me to some african dancers/drummers/musicians? Many thanks in anticipation!!

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