Oyé: A Village Returns

Once a year in a park not too far away, a village called Oyé appears. For two days it goes about its village business, and then it disappears on the second night of the two days, like it was never there. Until the mid-summer of the following year, when once again Oyé returns, as it […]

At Brazilica: With Katumba

“Get there early” Juliana had said “We’ll all be around Abercromby Square getting ready and that will be a great time for getting some good photographs.” I’ve spent the day so far up in North Liverpool at the brilliant revival of the Walton Festival. Then early evening I get the bus into town, get off […]

Saturday in Town

Guess what, summer’s arrived. Or at any rate as sunny a weekend as we’ve had for many a long week. Saturday dawned as blue skied as my day around Lark Lane on Friday, so me and the camera went out for a nose around town. There was also a serious ampunt of music happening. Soul music […]

Listening to Africa: Africa Oyé 2015

As you can see, our irrepressible Tommy Calderbank did eventually bring the sun out with the sheer force of his optimistic personality, but for the first couple of hours of today’s Africa Oye in Sefton Park it was a different and wetter story. I needed Africa Oyé today. For various reasons to do with this […]

Africa Oyé 2014

Best day’s weather we’ve had for years both days. I’d say something like 30,000 people in Sefton Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Busiest Africa Oyé I can remember. Here’s what it looked like. Back for Day Two, Sunday. Particularly to see Misty in Roots. Then 4:40 on a glorious Sunday afternoon it’s time for the […]

Midsummer Oyé

Looking forward to Africa Oyé in 2015? Of course you are, it’s better than Christmas. This year it’s on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st June. Meanwhile, a few memories of Oyés gone by. Today is Midsummer, the midpoint of the year, the solstice. And from all its possible significances the greatest for me is […]