Good news for the ones who like African music and culture! On the 25th of September the newly built Africa Hall opened its door to the audience. Africa Hall has been rebuilt on the same site as its original building which was inaugurated in 1976 and subsequently demolished in 2015. It is named after the building’s first major event, the Arab-African Symposium which began on December 14, 1976.
The hall will serve as a venue for conferences, symposia, lectures, film screenings and stage plays and also as a meeting place for the larger community of Sharjah and the UAE.
The opening programme for Africa Hall (25–30 September 2018) will include 5 great performances by world famous artists. We recommend you attend as many as possible because they are all unique!
- Youssou N’Dour and The Fathy Salama Orchestra – 26/9 – Youssou N’Dour is probably the most famous Senegalese artist. He is renowned for his expansive vocal range. He popularized the Senegalese music form of mbalax, which blends traditional vocal styles with Cuban and Latin American rhythms.
- Oumou Sangare – 27/9 -Oumou Sangaré is a Grammy Award-winning Malian Wassoulou musician, sometimes referred to as “The Songbird of Wassoulou”. Wassoulou is a historical region south of the Niger River, where the music descends from age-old traditional song, often accompanied by a calabash
- Mulatu Astatke – 28/9 – The Ethiopian jazz legend is known as the father of the Ethio-jazz genre, which has him blending the melodies of his homeland with western jazz styles. Please, don’t miss that one!
- Lisa Simone, – 29/9 – Daughter of the legendary Nina Simone and distinguished Grammy-nominated jazz artist, she will light up your evening!
- Somi – 30/9 -Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda award winner singer who often is referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,”
There is also an interesting screening of the film Opera of the World (2017), directed by Manthia Diawara on the 28th of September.
For more information about the tickets click here
For more details regarding the programme of the concerts and events, visit the official Facebook page of the The Africa Institute
Don’t miss out!