I have been invited to play on the Manchester Museum stage on the 14th of September around 8pm as part of amazing event called We Face Forward. I will be doing a couple of covers from Cameroonian artist Eboa Lotin including called Elimb’a Dikalo. Elimb’a Dikalo means “Radio” in Duala, a Bantu language. In this song, Eboa Lotin encourages radios to speak about real issues that are happening around them. His songs are wake up calls and a true inspriration for any eager singer songwriter. Even though he passed away a few years ago, his music and lyrics will continue to inspire whosoever wants to speak of social wounds to help heal them.
We face forward is an event about arts and music from West Africa today. This year, it takes place between the 2nd June and 18 Sept. Venues include Whitworth Art Gallery, Band On The Wall, Manchester Arts Gallery (which will be transformed into an African Market on Sat 11 Aug 2012 from 10 to 5pm (free)), the Bridgewater Hall, the PrintWorks, Gallery of Costume, National Football Museum and the Royal Northern College of Music. Most events are free.
Artists include Emeka Ogboh, Hélène Amoudou, Abderramane Sakaly, Abdoulaye Konaté. Music came from Kanda Bongo Man, the man who defined Soukous, Afro Cubism and Deli Njonkoling Kulajeh, Diabel Cissoko and Carlou. With some reviews from the Tunes HE and Artface to quote only two, it really promises to be an exciting set of events.