Africa in the Park

At last, after two years and a rained off 2012, Africa came back to the Park.Africa Oyé01

The rain overnight had been torrential so I don’t know if I might walk in on a quagmire.

But no, the dry ground had soaked all the rain up.

But no, the dry ground has soaked all the rain up.

And Africa Oyé is ready to start.

And the 21st Africa Oyé is ready to start.

Today we’ll see musicians and performers from Ghana, Congo, Cape Verde and Cuba.

First up  the Zong Zing All Stars from Congo.

First up the Zong Zing All Stars from Congo.

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They get people up for a dancing competition.

They get people up for a dancing competition.

Jointly won by a woman from Ghana and a small boy from Liverpool.

Jointly won by a woman from Ghana and a small boy from Liverpool.

The day is surprisingly fine, and Africa Oyé soon settles into its accustomed easy rhythm. Because, you see, Africa Oyé isn’t so much an event as a place. And once it’s set up and moving it’s like we’re all back in a much loved, familiar place. Seeing what’s changed, what’s still the same, and looking out for each other.Africa Oyé06 Africa Oyé07

Like any good quality village, there are places for the children to play, good shops, places to eat and drink, and plenty of space to sit around talking.Africa Oyé21Africa Oyé10 Africa Oyé11 Africa Oyé12 Africa Oyé13 Africa Oyé14 Africa Oyé15 Africa Oyé16

And all day, there is music. From Africa and wherever in the world Africans have ended up.

Here is Black Prophet, a reggae band from Ghana.

Here is Black Prophet, a reggae band from Ghana.

One member of Black Prophet is a 'Flag Waver' - an unusual role in a band?

One member of Black Prophet is a ‘Flag Waver’ – an unusual role in a band?

Watching music, 2013 style.

Watching music, 2013 style.

And around the edges of the village there is more music and more dancing.Africa Oyé23Africa Oyé22

And of course 'News from Nowhere' our independent bookshop and record shop is here, just like always.

And of course ‘News from Nowhere’ our independent bookshop and record shop is here, just like always.

Lovely to be back in the village today. It always is. I’ll be back tomorrow.

One thought on “Africa in the Park

  1. jbaird

    This looks like so much fun. I would have loved to be there. Thanks for the visuals; they bring it to life, in a quiet sort of way.

    Reply

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