Music highlights on Stage 1 at Africa Day Dublin included one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands KÍLA; Colours Afrobeat Foundation; the raucous energy of The Amazing Few; Irish and Nigerian group Tig Linn; and Chicago Blues and 50s R’n'B group Square Pegs.
See below for more information on the Africa Day Dublin main stage performers:
Kíla are one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. The seven members come from different musical backgrounds and share a passion to create great music with an ability to absorb influences from across the globe. With its roots in traditional Irish, Kila’s music features a strong percussive and gorgeous melodies driven by a serious rhythmical undercurrent. Kíla have created their own distinctive style of world music, which has won over audiences around the world through their eight recordings to date and their spectacular live performances.
Made up of two sets of brothers Kíla consists of; Rónán Ó Snodaigh on bodhrán, djembe, congas, bongos, guitar and vocals; Rossa Ó Snodaigh on tin whistle, low whistle, clarinet, bazouki, mandolin, bones and vocals; Colm Ó Snodaigh on flute, tin whistle, guitar, saxophone, percussion and vocals; Lance Hogan on guitar, drums, and vocals; Brian Hogan on bass, double bass and vocals; Dee Armstrong on fiddle, viola, hammered dulcimer, accordion and bodhrán; Eoin Dillon on uileann pipes, tin whistle, low whistle, shakers and vocals.
To listen to some of Kila’s music, click here.
Colours Afrobeat Foundation
Colours Afrobeat Foundation is Ireland’s foremost Afrobeat band.Having premiered at the Drogheda Arts Centre in 2005, they have since become a hugely successful and popular band. With a line-up of musicians whoare all masters on their different instruments, their repertoire is an original mix of politically intoned and occasionally provocative,but always positive and uplifting songs.
Appropriate to their name, many colours and nations are represented by the members of Colours Afrobeat Foundation,who hail from countries as diverse as England, Italy, Brazil, Cuba, Poland, Ireland, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
Tig Linn are newcomers to Africa Day this year. The band formed when a number of Irish and African musicians came together in advance of Barack Obama’s visit in 2011 to record a song, ‘Tig Linn – Yes We Can’. The group were asked the play a concert, and the band was born.
Tig Linn play original songs composed by the band, which draw on influences from both the Irish and Nigerian traditions.
Tig Linn are:
Brian Fleming; percussion, MD
Hugh O Byrne; Kit
Solomon Ijigade; Vocals, percussion
Zeenie Sarumi; Vocals
Graham Watson; Guitar banjo, vocals
Brian Tavey; Bass
Danny Groenland; Flute, vocals
Check out Tig Linn’s music here.
Manden Express is a thrillingly explosive Dublin-based international band, fusing traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from Mali and Burkina Faso. Inspired by village, Wassalou styles (Oumou Sangare) and the explosion of new musical influences that merged with African music in the 1960′, it blends kamele n’goni harp, djembe, and drums with electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns.
The septet is the only group of its type in Ireland, charged with rhythmic energy and weaving together a wealth of experience in African music and other styles like flamenco, jazz, funk and rock, with band members hailing from Sierra Leone, Spain, Peru and Ireland. Manden Express have appeared at Bray Jazz Festival, Love live music 2013, Body and Soul Festival and the Drogheda Samba Festival, Sweeney’s Carnival, Whelanslive Dublin, Culture Night Dublin, Dublin Tropical – Africa V’s Brazil @ The Grand Social.
Manden Express are:
Emma Garnett – Vocals
Paul McElhatton – Kamele n’goni harp
Paddy Groenland – Guitar
Manuel Sanz Olivencia – Bass
Jose Minguez – Guitar
Brian Lynch – Djembe/percussion
Cote Calmet – Drums
Justine Nantale is a Ugandan native and leads her band in traditional African songs from a variety of African countries. With talented musicians from Uganda, Congo, Nigeria and Ireland, the Justine Nantale Band approach all their performances with energy and an authentic African flavour.
To find out more about Justine, and to listen to her music, click here.
The Amazing Few
The Amazing Few rocked Africa Day Dublin in 2013, and we’re delighted to have them back on board for this year’s Dublin event! Their songs are expressive and explosive! Though the music leans heavily on SKA, they pull up the PopPunk rug and lay down choruses that Frank Black would approve of.
The Amazing Few live shows are a ‘must see it to believe it’ experience. Interaction is an understatement as this band are bold in all the sense of the word. Enthusiasm meets the sunshine! Expect massive balloons, loads of confetti and glitter. Every member of their audience becomes a party popper!
Square Pegs consists of Dublin based seasoned musicians Colm Quearney, Graham Hopkins, Keith Duffy, Justin Carroll, Michael Buckley & Cormac Curran. The group come together as often as possible, when not touring separately with other artists, to pay homage to the sound of Chicago Blues, 50′s R&B, and New Orleans Blues.
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