In celebration of the establishment of The Africa Institute and the reopening of the historic Africa Hall, music fans across Dubai can look forward to five thrilling concerts by world-renowned African and African Diaspora artists
The huge musical extravaganza taking place at Africa Hall will start on Wednesday September 26, with an event each day until Saturday September 30. And by the looks of the line-up, you’re not going to want to miss any of them.
Grammy award-winning musician and Senegalese icon Youssou N'Dour and his group Le Super Étoile de Dakar will kick off on Wednesday at 9pm. The musicians are famed for fusing popular and traditional West African music with a dance-inspiring blend of African, Caribbean and pop rhythms.
Another Grammy winner will be making her way on stage on Thursday at 9pm. Malian singer and songwriter Oumou Sangaré will be performing the sounds of funk and rock with a unique African musical twist.
On Friday, film fans are in for a treat, as Africa Hall will be screening An Opera of the World from 5pm for free. Directed by Malian filmmaker and art historian Manthia Diawara, the film explores the relationship between Africa and Europe.
Later on at 9pm, music fans can look forward to the sounds of Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-jazz. The artist combines jazz and Latin music with popular Ethiopian music, often using traditional Ethiopian instruments. Astatke’s music has been sampled by Nas, Damian Marley, Kanye West and Nicolas Jaar, among others.
Looking for more Afromusic? Taking place on Saturday at 7pm, DJ Peter Adjaye, also known as AJ Kwame, will be pumping up the tunes with his rhythmic Afromusic beats. The best part? It’s completely for free for all to enjoy, with the performance taking place at the Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah.
And don’t miss Lisa Simone, daughter of the legendary Nina Simone and distinguished Grammy-nominated jazz artist, who will be on stage on Saturday September 29 at 9pm.
Presented by the Sharjah Art Foundation, the 5-plus-1: Rethinking Abstraction international symposium revisits the original exhibition curated by Frank Bowling in 1969. It’s completely free to attend on Sunday September 30 at 10am at the Africa Hall.
Last but by no means least, Somi will be bringing the tunes she has dubbed “New African Jazz” to the stage on Sunday at 9pm. The hybrid sound was created during her 18-month stay in Lagos, Nigeria, with her fifth album reaching the top of the US Jazz Charts.
For the full schedule of what’s in store, check out the list below:
Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar – Wednesday September 26, 9pm
Oumou Sangaré – Thursday September 27, 9pm
An Opera of the World (directed by Manthia Diawara) – Friday September 28, 5pm
Mulatu Astatke – Friday September 28, 9pm
DJ Peter Adjaye – Saturday September 29, 7pm
Lisa Simone – Saturday September 29, 9pm
5-plus-1: Rethinking Abstraction – Sunday September 30, 10am
Somi – Sunday September 30, 9pm
Pique your interest? You can get yourself a ticket right now for any of the five spectacular concerts over at www.ticketmaster.ae, along with more information about each of the artists. Prices start at Dhs60.
Each performance will showcase the rich culture and booming talent from Africa, and is an event you don’t want to miss.
Dhs60-Dhs80 (Category C seating), Dhs100 (Category B seating), Dhs150 (Category A seating). Wed Sep 26-Sun Sep 30, times vary. Africa Hall, Sharjah, www.ticketmaster.ae.