The Africa Day Dublin Main Stage is kindly sponsored by LycaMobile.
Music highlights on Stage 1 at Africa Day Dublin includes Congolese singer-songwriter Niwel Tsumbu; Discovery Gospel Choir; the raucous energy of The Amazing Few; Madu; bluegrass group, Gypsy Rebel Rabble; and Stone&Jezreel.
Gypsy Rebel Rabble
Gypsy Rebel Rabble are a Dublin-based Irish bluegrass folk band with a reputation for energetic live shows. With over 100 performances under their belts in under a year, this young band is not to be missed. Gypsy Rebel Rabble merge a furious DIY punk song-writing and performance ethic with a smooth vocal style with an emphasis strongly on harmonies. They have just released a live album on independent record label Excellent Guitar Riff Man Records. Their first seven-inch single was released on 8th of June. To check out their sound, just click here.
Discovery Gospel Choir
Formed in 2004, Discovery Gospel Choir is Ireland’s top intercultural choral group. The choir is based in St. George and St. Thomas’ Church in the heart of multicultural Dublin and performs across the country sharing its unique message, ‘Discover beauty in everyone’, through inspirational and diverse Gospel music.
Under the direction of Aisling McCormick, the choir has performed over the years for some fascinating public figures such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Dr. Jesse Jackson, the Dalai Lama and former Northern Ireland First Minister Rev. Dr. Ian Paisley. The choir has performed at all flagship Africa Day festival events in recent years. To read more about Discovery Gospel Choir, just click here.
This key Dublin-based band, fronted by dub and beats controller Salim and vocalist Aminah, play an infectious combination of sounds which steer away from typical dub soul or reggae arrangements. Their music is a combination of influences, driven by bass heavy rhythms, vibrant melody and conscious lyrics.
Salim’s years as a producer with his strong affinity to reggae music and his skills as an electronic composer are the basis on which he builds the unique Madu sound, while Aminah’s melodies – drawn from jazz, blues, folk and roots – add the element of soul. Think King Tubby meets Billie Holiday.
From opening to closing track MADU connect well with audiences. Their positive and uplifting performances last year at Body and Soul festival saw a completely packed Casa Habana marquee soaking up the sounds. Having played in Ireland, the UK and Malaysia, from big festivals to small intimate venues, their sound is catching on, a style which has been formed by years of playing, writing, producing and being influenced by much travel, absorbing the unique sounds and cultures of Asia, the Pacific and Europe. To find out more about the band, just click here.
Niwel Tsumbu is the fifth child of a family of six born in 1982 in Democratic Republic of Congo (ex Zaire). He moved to Ireland in 2004 and quickly became involved with the Irish music scene, forming many groups, as well as starting a long-time collaboration with percussionist Eamonn Cagney. He composes and plays a range of music that stretches from contemporary versions of Congolese traditional music from the 1930s and 1940s to modern jazz. As well as playing guitar, Niwel plays drums, percussion and saxophone.
He has emerged as an engaging and innovative musician and composer and is in constant demand by his contemporaries. He has performed with Buena Vista Social Club, The Wailers, Michael O’ Súilleabháin, Kila, Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Steve Cooney and Nigel Kennedy. He has shared the stage with Baaba Maal and played concerts in his native Congo and in Paris. His recent interpretation of ‘Electric Counterpoint’ at The Reich Festival in front of Steve Reich was a triumph.
His first album ‘Uh! E Za Nzela Molayi’ was released in 2006. ‘Song of the Nations’ followed in March 2009, while his third album ‘S’All Vibration’ was released in October 2011. Hot Press Magazine described it as ‘an unmissable listening experience’.
The Amazing Few
The Amazing Few rocked Africa Day Dublin and Africa Day Limerick in 2010, 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!
Stone & Jezreel (S&J) is a 2-piece Rhythm & Soul band, formed in 2006 in Dublin. The duo are siblings from a royal family and are dedicated to using music as a tool to uplift people through their poetic words in their songs. Their musical influences are, Nas,Lauren Hill, Fela Kuti, Emeli Sande, Jesus Culture and Bob Marley.
Stone is the rapper for the band. He started rapping in 2002 when he moved to Dublin, using rap as a form of writing and self-expression where him and his friends formed a rap crew called ‘The Geneseas Clan’.Jezreel is the lead singer for the band. She started singing at age ten, and has since gathered a diverse knowledge of musical styles such as gospel, rock, soul and R&B.
Stone and Jezreel became a group after Stone’s rap crew split and Jezreel moved to Ireland, upon helping Stone with a hook on a song, it became a sound too good to be ignored and the combination of Jezreel’s soulful melodic voice and Stone’s poetic rap style led to the duo teaming up to create a phenomenal sound. They have performed at prestigious festivals and venues such as RDS; Olympia, Ambassador and Tivoli Theatre and have shared the stage with great bands, such as Rihanna, Akon, Michael Bublé, N’Dubz, Sinead O’Connor, 2Face and PSquare. The band is also Ambassador of Dance4Life Ireland and performed at the international event which has been broadcasted in Europe, USA and Africa.
S&J have been awarded ‘Leadership Excellence Award’ by Powerlist Magazine Leadership Excellence Awards 2012; ‘Best Artiste Group 2011’ by the Ireland African Music Awards (IAMA); ‘Best Artiste Group 2010’ by Diamond Promotions and have been nominated for the ‘Exclusive magazine’s Best African Artist Awards’; ‘Ben tv’s Best African Music Video in the category of Europe Based African Artists’ and ‘Meteor Most Promising Act 2010’.