• Free
  • Reunion Island/Kenya/Ghana
The Oceanic Sessions

Sunday Music

Kick back to exotic sounds from Africa and the Indian Ocean.

About

Our Oceanic Sessions are awash with rich musical flavours from exotica to tropicalia and everything in between. Join us each Sunday throughout the Festival as we journey through sound from the traditional island beats of Reunion Island maloya – an hypnotic percussive form usually sung in Creole – to the contemporary jazz fusion of Kenya and the Afrobeat sensuality of Ghana. Family-friendly afternoons defined by discovery, the Sunday Music sessions will come alive with sultry sounds from our neighbours across the seas.

Line-up

Sun 11 Feb, 2pm - Bongeziwe Mabandla 

Sun 18 Feb, 2pm – KILTIR (Reunion Island)

Sun 25 Feb, 2pm – Maia & The Big Sky (Kenya)

Sun 4 Mar, 2pm – Jojo Abot (Ghana)

BONGEZIWE MABANDLA
With an hypnotic vocal and a stirring live show, South Africa’s Bongeziwe Mabandla has created a truly unmatched Afro-folk sound. Singing in both Xhosa and English, Mabandla fuses elements of hip hop and dub with soul and traditional Xhosa music. He has an almost spiritual presence, combining beat-heavy grooves and heartfelt lyrics within a perfect blend of urban African folk. A meditative force, Mabandla has the ability to move from melancholic melodies to rousing, crowd-surfing riot. Passionate, sensual and compelling, Mabandla cites Tracy Chapman and Jabu Khanyile as key influences. In trio format, Mabandala kickstarts the Sunday Music Oceanic Sessions with mystical joy. 

KILTIR (REUNION ISLAND) A band of brothers and cousins who live to spread the tradition of Maloya, Kiltir is an exceptional combination of dance, musical prowess and infectious energy. Masters of their craft and true messengers of this ancient form, Kiltir live to take Maloya to the world. The name Kiltir means “culture” in Creole and this family group has practised this form since childhood. Mesmerising in their artistry, Kiltir will engage the entire crowd – instantly.

MAIA & THE BIG SKY (KENYA)
A smoky soul-infused vocal that lilts from jazz-flecked tunes to earthy African rhythms, Maia von Lekow represents contemporary African music with verve. Adding a new colour to Kenya’s contemporary musical landscape, blending soul, jazz and folk sprinkled with Swahili spice, Maia sings in both English and Kiswahili, exploring the joy and solitude of not belonging to any single culture or community as she sings of new political horizons in Kenya, love and life. An accomplished songwriter and performer, Maia will perform with members of the Black Jesus Experience, an Ethio-jazz band based in Melbourne.

JOJO ABOT (GHANA)
Hailing from Ghana via Brooklyn, Jojo Abot is a revolutionary of hypercolour Afrobeat punk. Her vocals are hypnotic, her sheer presence, mesmerising. The new kween of contemporary African sounds, Jojo is equal parts Erykah Badu and performance art hurricane. Commanding, demanding, riotously engaging, this is the voice of now.  As sultry as she is soulful, Jojo inhabits a new sound she dubs Afro-Hypno-Sonic. Ricocheting through a variety of styles from pop hooks to reggae flair her disembodied dancing has been compared to that of a tripped-out shaman oozing fierceness and cool. There is no better way to close the Perth Festival than with the sounds of Jojo Abot on a Sunday.

 

Image: Jessica Wyld

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Duration

2hrs

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Additional Info

Fremantle Arts Centre

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11 Feb - 4 Mar 2018

Sun 11 Feb, 2pm – Bongeziwe Mabandla

Sun 18 Feb, 2pm – KILTIR (Reunion Island)

Sun 25 Feb, 2pm – Maia & The Big Sky (Kenya)

Sun 4 Mar, 2pm – Jojo Abot (Ghana)

 

 

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