Amani `festIt’s now only couple days before the Amani Festival and it’s time for our final update before Saturday.

So we want to tell you a little about the background to African music and culture so that you can fully appreciate what you see and hear on the day.

When we talk about African music and culture, it is not always straightforward due to the way African people have become dispersed throughout the world, on account of the slave trade and other migrational factors. For this reason, African culture appears in surprising places and is fused with many other musical and ethnic influences.

The Amani Festival programme reflects this. For example, we have two headline acts who may not at first appear to reflect African culture to the uninitiated. Golty Farabeau is an African musician from the Seychelles who sings reggae music as well as his native Sega. Many people may be surprised that we have included reggae in the programme because they associate it with the Caribbean, but Reggae’s roots stem from the historical conditions of both Jamaican slavery and colonialism by different nations.   Most Jamaicans are descendents from Africa, brought by the English to Jamaica to work as slaves.

GOLTY FARABEAU

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CAFE CON LECHE BAND

Cafe con LecheSimilarly, the Amani Festival has also added Afro Cuban band, Café con Leche to its programme. The music of Café con Leche is essentially AfroCuban salsa. The term Afro-Cuban refers to Cubans who have ancestry in the former Kongo Empire or whose heritage is West African, as well as to historical or cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from the above community. The term can also refer to the combining of African and other cultural elements found in Cuban society such as race, religion, music, language, the arts, and class culture.

 

We have programmed the young African Gospel band, Discovery, who will be performing African gospel music. You may be surprised that this doesn’t sound like Western gospel music, as it includes a lot of different Western musical genres, such as R&B, as well as the traditional African rhythms of musical genres such as the Congolese Soukous and Rumba.

Also included in our programme are British musicians performing African music. As you know the British have a longstanding relationship with Africa and we cannot ignore the fact that many British musicians love African music and wish to share its genres and traditions. The English duo Koranimbalafo are Andy Garvey and Jonny Hodgkinson, who both trained in West Africa. Andy plays the Balafon as his main instrument and Jonny, the Kora, although the latter’s interest began with lessons in Djembe drumming and dance. Both musicians are active in the local world music scene and Johnny also plays rhythm guitar in UK-based African bands, The Kajamor Family and Kalakuta.

Zamani is a collective of Manchester musicians who fuse elements of jazz, classical and southern African music. Led by guitarist, Hugh Peters, who developed a keen interest in African music as result of time spent in Zimbabwe and who has composed much of Zamani’s highly danceable Afropop, the line-up also includes Helena Summerfield on saxes and flute, Amani Creatives’ own Tagné Tebu on percussion, and session bassist Bo Lee.  Zamani is a Swahili word translating roughly as ‘long ago’, and the band’s repertoire unites many different musical traditions.

Amani Creatives Community Choir brings all cultures together and for the festival they have also been collaborating with The Sacred Trinity Church Choir, which is also open to anyone who wants to sing with other people.  Both choirs meet on a weekly basis and share the ethos that you don’t need to be an experienced singer to join, because everyone learns together in an enjoyable way.  Ask at the festival if you’d like to join either choir.

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AMANI FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER

Posted: July 9, 2017 in Amani Festival

Amani festWelcome to our second newsletter, keeping you updated about the Amani Festival 2017.

We have a wide array of live performances on the day, so we thought we would use this issue to tell you more about them. Here is a reminder of the schedule.

 SCHEDULE

12.00-12.15pm

Traditional Opening Ceremony

 12.15-1.00pm

Live Music: Amani Creatives Community Choir

1.00-1.45pm

Drumming Workshop: Jamtan

1.45-2.30pm

Live Music: Koranimbalafo 

2.30-3.00pm

Storytelling: Mama Joyce 

3.00-3.45pm

Live Music: Discovery

4.00-5.00pm

Live Music: Zamani

5.00-5.30pm

Dance Performance: Sens Sagna 

6.00-6.45pm

Live Music: Golty Farabeau & Ruff Trade 

7.00-7.45pm

Live Music: Amani Collective

7.45-8.00pm

Traditional Closing Ceremony

 

AFRICAN FOOD – STALLS

The cuisines of different parts of African vary immensely.  Each has their own favoured dishes using distinctive ingredients and specific preparation techniques. The Amani Festival will give you the opportunity to sample some of the most popular dishes from several regions of our vast continent.

 

 

AMANI CREATIVES COMMUNITY CHOIR

 The Amani Creatives Community Choir was created only six weeks ago, and since then singers from all different backgrounds have been learning songs in two venues in Manchester in order to perform at the festival. Some people are new to singing and others have been singing for a long time. The choir will continue beyond the festival, so if you would like to join, come and speak to one of the Amani team during the event and they will tell you how to go about it.

 

 THE AMANI COLLECTIVE

 The Amani Collective is an ensemble of professional musicians who gather together to perform and celebrate a wide variety of traditional and contemporary African genres, including Soukous, Intore. Bikusi, Afro-Jazz, Gospel and New Afrobeat.

 

 RACHEL CLEMENTINE – FACE DECORATION 

 Face painter Rachel Clementine will be sharing some traditional African designs at the festival. Children (and adults if they feel so inclined) can take advantage of Rachel’s skills!

 

 DISCOVERY – PERFORMANCE/YOUTH-LED MUSIC JAM

 Discovery are a band of young musicians led by Congolese-born Job Kayembe, a young bass player who has been mentored by Amani Creatives. The band presents intense and joyful African Gospel music, a genre which incorporates elements of RnB, Hip Hop, Pop Music and Soft Rock.  The band will also be leading a jam for young musicians during the festival.

 

 GOLTY FARABEAU & RUFF TRADE – PERFORMANCE

Seychellois Reggae superstar, Golty Farabeau, has teamed up with Ruff Trade, the UK’s youngest Reggae sensation to bring you music from his acclaimed back catalogue of albums. Golty’s songs, in English and Creole, transmit powerful messages around emotions, politics and human nature. Despite only forming in 2015, teenage musicians, Ruff Trade, have already worked with several established reggae artists, including Trevor Roots and Don Hartley.

 

JAMTAN – DRUMMING WORKSHOP

Jamtan is an African drumming group based in Manchester, whose music originates from Guinea Conakry in West Africa, although the same beats are also played in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mali. The group plays a Fula/Malinka interpretation of the music which is traditionally played at coming of age ceremonies, weddings and general celebratory events. Jamtan’s Adama Kante will announce the opening of the festival with a special drum call on the djembe.

 

KORANIMBALAFO – PERFORMANCE

Koranimbalafo are Andy Garvey and Jonny Hodgkinson, both of whom are passionate about showcasing the traditional instruments and songs of West Africa. Both Andy and Jonny trained in West Africa, Andy plays the Balafon as his main instrument and Jonny, the Kora, although the latter’s interest began with lessons in Djembe drumming and dance. Both musicians are active in the local world music scene and Johnny also plays rhythm guitar in UK-based African bands, The Kajamor Family and Kalakuta.

 

SENS SAGNA – DANCE WORKSHOP

Sens is an experienced and inspirational dancer, singer, musician and teacher from the Cassamance region of Senegal in West Africa. Cassamance has a strong history in maintaining culture through rhythm, song and dance. Sens comes from the Jolla tribe and performs and teaches both choreographed and freestyle dance, to rhythms from Jolla, Mandinka and Olof cultures.

 

 MAMA JOYCE – STORYTELLING

Congolese singer-songwriter and performer, Mama Joyce, sang as a child with the Salvation Army, but her real artistic career began in 2007, when she moved to Manchester. A regular at open mic night, Speakeasy, she later joined the acclaimed Manchester International Roots Orchestra and appeared in “Lisapo”, a musical about Congolese Independence.  Mama Joyce is an all-round artist who uses song, dance and spoken word to communicate a message of peace, love and harmony.

 

 ZAMANI

Zamani is a collective of Manchester who fuse elements of jazz, classical and southern African music. Led by guitarist, Hugh Peters, who has composed much of Zamani’s highly danceable Afropop, developed a keen interest in African music as result of time spent in Zimbabwe. The line-up also includes Helena Summerfield on saxes and flute, Tagne Tebu on percussion, and session bassist Bo Lee.  Zamani is a Swahili word translating roughly as ‘long ago’, and the band’s repertoire unites many different musical traditions.

 

 TRADERS

There will also be a variety of stalls selling African crafts and other items. If you have an African product to sell and would like a stall, contact Emmanuela on 07868 591 070.

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

You may have heard us being interviewed about the festival on various media around Manchester, such as on DJ Hot Pepper’s show on Legacy. Our next planned outing is on The Peoples Show on the BBC Manchester on Sunday, 16 July when Serge Tagne Tebu will be talking to Karen Gabay.

 

Amani Festival Line up

Posted: June 24, 2017 in Amani Festival

Amani `festThe line up has now been confirmed!
12.00-12.15pm
Traditional Opening Ceremony

12.15-1.00pm
Live Music: Amani Creatives Community Choir

1.00-1.45pm
Drumming Workshop: Jamtan

1.45-2.30pm
Dance: Sens Sagna

2.30-3.00pm
Storytelling: Mama Joyce

3.00-3.45pm
Live Music: Discovery

4.00-4.45pm
Live Music: Koranimbalafon

5.00-5.30pm
Live Music: Zamani

6.00-6.45pm
Live Music: Golty Farabeau & Ruff Trade

7.00-7.45pm
Live Music: Amani Collective

7.45-8.00pm
Traditional Closing Ceremony

Amani Festival

Posted: June 19, 2017 in Amani Festival

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AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN MANCHESTER

 The stage is set for the launch of a brand new annual African Arts festival for Manchester.

The first Amani festival, which is the brainchild of African-led social enterprise, Amani Creatives, will take place between 12 noon and 8pm on Saturday, 22 July at Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street, Salford M3 7WQ. It represents the opportunity for all residents and cultures of Salford and Manchester city centre to come together to celebrate high quality African arts, including live music, storytelling, face decoration, dance and workshops, thus enriching the local arts scene. Food and related cultural traders stalls will also be on site.

Amani Creatives supports the inclusion of local African communities into wider society through performing arts events, workshops and programmes which use arts and culture as a tool for community development, wellbeing and community cohesion. The organisation was set up in January 2015 by Congolese singer-songwriter, Emmanuela Yogolelo and Cameroonian Jazz musician, Tagne Tebu.

The festival has been made possible thanks to a Big Lottery Fund Celebrate Award.

For media information please contact:

Geli Berg

Marketing Manager

amaniplatnetmedia@gmail.com

07816 648 288

Amani Singing Workshop

Posted: May 31, 2017 in Amani Choir

A5 Flyer TemplateThanks to Forever Manchester funding, African arts organisation, Amani Creatives are offering local residents the opportunity to join a new, international community choir celebrating friendship and connection between local people.

Weekly singing workshops will lead towards a performance at the Amani Festival, accompanied by a professional African band. All welcome! No previous experience needed!
To find out more, join us on Monday 5th June at 6pm at Simson memorial Hall, 361 Moston Lane, M40 9NB.

Bus from Piccadilly Gardens: 81, 88, 112,114, 118

We look forward to seeing you there. Please share!
Further Information
T: 07868591070
E: amaniplatnet@gmail.com

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The stage is set for the launch of a brand new annual African Arts festival for Manchester.

The first Amani festival, which is the brainchild of African-led social enterprise, Amani Creatives, will take place between 12 noon and 8pm on Saturday, 22 July at Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street, Salford M3 7WQ. It represents the opportunity for all residents and cultures of Salford and Manchester city centre to come together to celebrate high quality African arts, including live music, storytelling, face decoration, dance and workshops, thus enriching the local arts scene. Food and related cultural traders stalls will also be on site.

Amani Creatives supports the inclusion of local African communities into wider society through performing arts events, workshops and programmes which use arts and culture as a tool for community development, wellbeing and community cohesion. The organisation was set up in January 2015 by Congolese singer-songwriter, Emmanuela Yogolelo and Cameroonian Jazz musician, Tagne Tebu.

The festival has been made possible thanks to a Big Lottery Fund Celebrate Award.

For media information please contact:

Geli Berg

Marketing Manager

amaniplatnetmedia@gmail.com

07816 648 288

In my secret garden

Posted: April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

img_20161024_131012.jpgA series of storytelling events EVERY Saturday (including tomorrow) in Nikki Norton’ s Secret Garden Hulme Community Garden Centre 2pm for adults 3.15 for Families.
To book a place, use the links below…

A playful escapism.

More info…

http://www.becomingstorybook.com/upcoming-events

I was delighted to be asked to co-compere at Amani Live presents Coco Mbassi at Manchester’s Band on the Wall on 10 December, especially since the event heralded a new milestone for Amani Creatives, who had decided to invite a big name on the African music scene as part of their own main stage showcase event.

A huge amount of work had gone into presenting a number of local African artists at the Picturehouse at Band on the Wall over the last six months of 2016. This was an opportunity to invite everybody back for a higher profile gig and several musicians took advantage to show off their talents.

First up was the brilliant master djembe player, Sidiki Dembele from the Ivory Coast, together with South African virtuoso cello player, Abel Selaocoe, who were joined on stage with Amani Creatives co-founder and leader Tagné Tebu on percussion. The combination of sounds was mesmerising and the musicality of an incredibly high quality, despite the fact that Tagné was replacing the the bass player of Sidiki and Abel’s band Chesaba, who was not available for the gig. Abel originally trained in classical cello at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music before incorporating his African music into his music. His talent has been recognised in his native South Africa, where he has won the Standard Bank Young Artist award.

Papa Sam Alafia is a talented artist from Sierra Leone, who never fails to draw an audience with the warmth of his voice as he showcases his country’s Palm Wine Music. Not unlike the acoustic draw of old time Calypso or Mento from Jamaica, the songs display simple melodies and audiences enjoy singing along to his compositions. This man’s talents have been recognised by many a mainstream artist and you will often find his name on the credits of their songs, including Seal’s Prayer for the Dying”. He finished his set to cheers from the audience.

Coco Mbassi herself was the headliner of this wonderful event and despite having been raised to a dancing frenzy during Papa Sam’s set, the audience was delighted to quieten down to appreciate the musical diva from the Cameroon. Her band consisted of her husband Serge Ngando Tal Janes on guitar

The final act of the night brought the Amani Creatives team together with founder vocalist, Emmanuela Yogolelo, including her tribute to Papa Wemba in her set. Her vocal elegance and her nods to the pygmy music of the Eastern Congo of her birth and she was joined on stage by my co-presenter, Mama Joyce, a gospel singer from Kinshasa, who is not only a writer and composer, but lead singer of the fabulous Manchester International Roots Orchestra. Not only does she have the voice of an angel, she wowed the crowd with her bootylicious African dance skills!

Credit should go to the Amani team for pulling off such a successful event and tribute paid to partner organisations Community Arts North West, offered administrative support and Band on the Wall’s educational arm Brighter Sound who have supported Amani Creative with venue facilities for their monthly Picturehouse events. The only slight hiccup occurred with the Band on the Wall sound team, when the microphones failed just before Coco Mbassi came on stage. Despite this, however, it was clear that the audience had the time of their lives, particularly when audience member, Congolese musician Blanchard de Plaisir spontaneously decided to lead them in a spontaneous dance routine!

By Geli Berg

Amani Creatives is pleased to announce that Unltd will be holding an information briefing about its funding for social entrepreneurs.
The session is aimed at individuals who have a good idea which will create social change and would like to find out about UnLtd funding.
We are holding on the same evening a short meeting too to evaluate what our monthly showcases have helped those who took part in them, in 2016, achieve and to hear what artists think about the programme.
The spaces are limited to 8 maximum. There will be therefore two sessions;
5 – 6.30pm and 6.60 – 8pm.
Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, M4 1LE
So if you want to attend please book your place with Emmanuela on amaniplatnet@gmail.com or call 07868591070 or Serge on 07931253095
Thanks and best wishes,

http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/entertainment-and-sport/events-and-listings/15-great-things-to-do-in-manchester-this-december