Kwassa Kwassa (Main Stage) 2015

29th May 2015

Kwassa Kwaasa attracted a wonderful crowd.  One of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands KÍLA returned to headline the main stage.

Irish / Sierra Leonean ART SOUL musician, Loah, treated us all to a soulful multi-lingual set.

Tig Linn played their original songs in English and Yoruba.

Kiruu had us travelling the world through his sounds, all in the comfort of Farmleigh.

Kempes & Dangana’s melodic tunes are inspired by the sights and sounds of Niger and were very very received by the crowds.

RiZA performed a fantastic set and got a huge response to their début single ‘Kabembe’.

See below for more information on the Africa Day Dublin main stage performers in 2015.

Kila.jpg2Kíla‘s 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.

loah2Loah. The Mystères. The Invisibles. Intermediaries for a distant Bondye. Spirits of Haitian Vodou.

Well, that’s a different Loah, but this one’s not far off. Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin, having grown up in the classical combination of Maynooth and West Africa.While there, instead of a TV all she had was a piano to keep herself entertained, which combined with a solid classical training on violin and voice resulted in a uniquely talented musician from a very early age. While at Trinity College, she collaborated with future members of the likes of Little Green Cars, Slow Skies, I Have A Tribe, Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, and many others, as well as singing with Kíla, Niwel Tsumbu and Trinity Orchestra’s early pop endeavours. She also contributed to Hozier’s platinum selling debut album, co­writing the song “Someone New”.

She’s now embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of folk and soul which can only be described as ArtSoul. In what was a phenomenal first year in action, in 2014 she released two stunning songs/videos (“The Bailey” and “Cortege”), performed at Electric Picnic, the Dublin Fringe Festival, and Body&Soul’s Shapeshifters Ball amongst others, capping it off with a phenomenal sold out debut headline concert in The Twisted Pepper in Novemberand an appearance as soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in December.

2015 will see her release her first EP along with an Irish and UK tour. Expect big things, but even more so expect the unexpected.

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Tig Linn play original songs in English and Yoruba composed by the band of six.
They played to thousands of people on O Connell St,Merrion Square and at Liberty Hall as part of the Spectacle of Defiance and Hope and water charges protests and who also shared their music at Occupy Dame St and Fatima Mansions, the Vincent Browne Show and headlined at the Big Bang in St Stephen’s Green 2012.

They won the Waltons band and choir competition when they were chosen by Mavis Staples as her support for her concert and the National Concert Hall in November 2012 and the RTE John Murray SHow Competition in 2013. They have also played Grand Social, Whelans, The Village, Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza, Africa Day and Body and Soul. They released their first EP in Whelan’s, Dublin on May 22nd 2014 and supported Hugh Maskele in the National Concert Hall in 2015.

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RiZA is the latest project by dynamic Congolese guitarist/singer Niwel Tsumbu. After a decade in Ireland, Tsumbu is well known for his versatility and virtuosity having played and collaborated with the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, Glen Hansard, Liam O’Maonlai, Donal Lunny, Donal Dineen and many more.

RiZA features Niwel’s long-term collaborator Eamonn Cagney (of Treelan) on percussion, Emma Garnett (Feather) and Sallay Garnett (Loah) on vocals and Paddy Groenland (Ensemble, Manden Express) on guitar.

RiZA is a celebration of life and exploration of space, weaving the rich tapestry of African rhythms with contemporary pop music’s harmony and composition, and drawing inspiration from the solar system and the time-space continuum.

Their début album will be out this year.

Kempes & Dangana‘s music is inspired by many different musical styles of Niger, West Africa, but deeply rooted in Zinder folk and the traditional music and instruments of Niger.

The adaption of traditional melodies by modern instruments results in an inspirational musical arrangement throughout the repertoire. The principal motivation of Kempes & Dangana is to keep alive the ancestral musical roots while enriching this sound through new modern influences.

Now based in Ireland Kempes & Dangana continues the musical voyage with a cohort of international artists based in Ireland.

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Kiruu is a multi-instrumentalist and singer of Irish-English origins whose eclectic sound has been formed with influence from his East African upbringing as well his European roots (including 5 years living and performing in Spain). His music is interactive and his sound varies from slow indie to stomping swing and everything in between, sung in different languages (English, Swahili, Spanish, and French).