Thousands flocked to Africa Oye in Sefton Park to watch beat-filled …

The UK’s biggest live festival of African song and enlightenment got off to a drifting start today.

Thousands of people flocked to Africa Oye in Sefton Park to watch beat-filled performances and suffer food from around a universe in stately sunshine.

Paul Duhaney, artistic executive of a festival, said: “It’s about bringing people together for a jubilee of cultures, with all ages, all ethnicities and only fundamentally entrance together as one for a giveaway festival for one weekend.”

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Acts holding to a categorical theatre yesterday enclosed Madagascar rope Hajmadagascar and The Groovy People, seven-piece organisation Abdul Tee-Jay’s Rokoto from Sierra Leone and Somalian singers Homage to Magool.

Farxiya Fiska, who is creatively from Somalia though now lives in London, achieved on theatre with Homage to Magool.

She told a Sunday ECHO: “It was my initial time singing in Liverpool, it was unequivocally good. Liverpool is a best, everybody was enjoying a music.”

There was also a opening from Toxteth-based Beatlife, a percussion unit mixing Afro-Brazillian and Cuban song with complicated civic beats.

Africa Oye, that continues today, also includes an Active Zone where people of all ages can try dance, song and humanities activities via a weekend.

As good as a song there was around 80 stalls offered arts, crafts, food and drink.

Options on offer for a some-more brave eaters enclosed kangaroo and crocodile while for those who wanted something some-more normal there was pizza, cake and ice cream.

The festival captivated fans from distant and wide, all shower adult a rays and enjoying themselves with friends and family.

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Among them was Monica Stahuloua from St Helens who said: “We’re unequivocally enjoying a music, it’s unequivocally good and a food is brilliant, we’ve only had kangaroo.”

Meanwhile Darren Baydoe from Toxteth said: “It’s a unequivocally good vibe, there’s a lot of opposite people.”

He added: “Some of a stalls are utterly dear though other than that it’s been really good.”

When tonight’s festivities came to a tighten in a park many motionless to continue a fun with a revisit to circuitously Lark Lane or a Baltic Triangle where a celebration continued with song from a operation of reggae, Afrobeat, hip bound and universe beats DJs.

The giveaway festival, that began on a tiny scale in 1992, has grown to turn a tie on a city’s song calendar.

This year’s eventuality was dedicated to Kenny Murray, who late as artistic executive of Africa Oye final year.

The fun continues tomorrow with some-more low-pitched performances, food and culture.

Headlining tomorrow dusk is Finley Quaye, a BRIT and MOBO award-winning star who will be bringing his comfortable sounds.

Other acts behaving tomorrow embody reggae rope Misty in Roots, Senegal guitarist Abdoulaye Samb and Minnijiraby and musicians Jupiter and Okwess International.

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