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Serious/ Cultural Connections Africa announce new concert series ‘Streams from Africa’

Cultural Connections Africa and Serious are announcing a series of streamed events, writes Juliette Kay

Streams from Africa will present emerging voices from several countries within the continent, focusing on showcasing contemporary and innovative sounds. The series will also have a selection of shows from the INDIBA IS take-over produced in Joburg Theatre in South Africa. The schedule of the concert series is as follows:

  • Monday 24 May:  Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), 8pm
  • Tuesday 25 May: Yugen Blakrok (South Africa), 8pm
  • Wednesday 26 May: Thandi Ntuli (South Africa), 8pm
  • Wednesday 26 May: The Brother Moves On (South Africa), 9pm
  • Thursday 27 May: Amosi Just a Label (Angola), 8pm
  • Friday 28 May:  Umlilo & LaliBoi (South Africa), 8pm
  • Friday 28 May:  Azu Tiwaline (Tunisia), 9pm

Both Thandi Ntuli and The Brother Moves on are sets from the INDIBA IS take over in Joburg Theatre. These concerts were premiered for a limited screening in PDX Jazz Festival in February 2021 and Streams from Africa will be offering special re-runs of these shows. All the streams will be free and will be available to watch after the aforementioned times for a period.

As the Press Release says: “Presenting the young and emerging voices from several countries within the continent, the series focuses on contemporary and fresh sounds. A truly global project, the series comprises of six new showcases co-curated with Cultural Connections Africa and Serious, and a selection of shows from the INDIBA IS take-over produced in Joburg Theatre in South Africa.”

We were speaking last week about Cultural Connections Africa to one of the prime movers behind the project, Katherine McVicker of US-based Music Works International. She told us about how CCA , which aims to support African music and culture across the globe, paving the way in making touring more viable for African countries, has developed momentum. The network in which people can share knowledge, resources and experience, currently includes over 30 stakeholders across 15 countries in Africa, and the website invites more people to join it. As McVicker told us: ‘We started this in 2019 – pre-pandemic, but the pandemic has provided us more time to develop this cooperation.

LINKS: Information on all shows

Cultural Connections Africa’s website

Nicky Schrire’s March 2021 interview with Thandi Ntuli

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