Wiyaala, the superstar Ghanaian songstress, often compared to Angelique Kidjo and Grace Jones, has taken a brave step by creating a new annual music festival in the remote town of Wa in the Upper West Region set to take place on the 23rd of December.
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Known as the Djimba World Music Festival, the singer aka, the “Young Lioness of Africa” says: “I grew up in the region and it is very under represented. By starting the festival, I hope to shine a light on the music and art that exists in this part of Africa. The north has a wealth of talent which is just not getting seen or heard. The festival is one of a number of steps I’m taking to encourage our musicians to showcase their talent to the world and to attract visitors to come and experience our unique way of life”
The effervescent singer, who will release her second album next year, added she was inspired to start the festival after performing at festivals in Europe including the world famous WOMAD Arts festival. “Glastonbury started with an audience of just 1500 people and I don’t see why we can’t manage at least that number and grow in years to come”
This year, Wiyaala will headline the maiden edition festival along with the Djimba World Band. Other acts appearing include, the traditional musician Stevo Atimbre in the style of the renowned King Ayisoba from the Upper East of Ghana. Reggie artist Jah Bone, local rap acts Samson B and Ghally are amongst the names also on the bill.
The festival takes place on the 23rd December at the Community Centre, Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Tickets are GHS 10 (£2) VIP (£4).
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27 Dublin Slane Castle
30 Bilbao San Mames Stadium
2 Lisbon Passeio Martimo De Alges
4 Madrid Vincente Calderon Stadium
7 Zurich Letzigrund
10 Imola Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrrari
13 Munich Olympiastadion
16 London Stadium
17 London Stadium
20 Gdansk Stadion Energa Gdansk
22 Hannover Messe
24 Werchter Classic
27 Copenhagen Telia Parken
29 Stockholm Friends Arena
1 Hämeenlinna Kantolan tapahtumapuisto
4 Prague Letnany Airport
7 Paris Stade de France
10 Vienna Ernst Happel Stadion
12 Nijmegen Goffert Park
15 Tel Aviv Hayarkon Park
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Tuesday 18 02 Academy, Bristol
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03/11 Kendal, Brewery AC
06/11 Exeter, Corn Exchange
07/11 Manchester, RNCM Concert Hall
11/11 Basingstoke, Anvil
12/11 Falmouth, Pavilion
13/11 Poole, Lighthouse
14/11 St Albans, Arena
16/11 Loughborough, University
17/11 Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre
18/11 Frome, Cheese & Grain
20/11 Bristol, St George’s Hall
21/11 London, Cadogan Hall
27/11 Leamington Spa, The Assembly
28/11 Milton Keynes, Stables
29/11 Bromley, Churchill Theatre
05/12 Dorking, Halls
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