"After 25 years of music and dance, and hopefully many more to come, a sunburnt and rather merry punter was the one to sum up just what the festival means: “I love Africa Oyé, it's like Christmas for Scousers!""
This will be the first public screening of the documentary film followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and members of the L8 community.
Director, James Arthur Armstrong says: "For many people, the events of the summer of 1981 are something that should be forgotten – a blot on the history of a city and community that is best left in the past.
My film aims to re-open the history books, bring unheard accounts to light and, most importantly, reflect on the modern relevance to wider communities today. Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema, to me, is one of the best mediums for doing this."
'Sin Bin of the City' uses a rich tapestry of archive and testimony to delve into the political and social upheaval of Liverpool’s black community in the summer of 1981.
Join us for this first public screening of the film followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and members of the L8 community who continue to be affected by the event that became known as the 'Toxteth Riots'.
As part of Africa Oyé's 25th Anniversary celebrations, Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy will perform with his three-piece band at Liverpool Philharmonic on Saturday 25 November, in association with Mellowtone.
Following the acclaimed release of Akö - an idiosyncratic yet infectiously catchy blend of guitar, banjo, cello, trombone and the artist’s soulful voice - Blick Bassy returns to Liverpool.
Akö, which received major acclaim in France, has been praised by the likes of The Guardian, The Observer, London Evening Standard and Songlines Magazine. And, as well as being played by Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Cerys Matthews on 6 Music and by Max Reinhardt and Mary Anne Kennedy on BBC Radio 3, Blick’s music was chosen by Apple for a worldwide ad campaign.
Written and sung by Blick Bassy - in Bassa, one of some 260 spoken languages in Cameroon - and accompanied by a unique ensemble of guitar, banjo, cello and trombone - Akö’s eleven sparklingly original tracks are a musical revelation. By chance, the studio they hired to record the album was directly below the offices of Nø Førmat!, the innovative French label run by Laurent Bizot, who happened to hear the results of this unlikely yet inspired musical alchemy.
As Laurent relates, “when I heard the first song Aké, I was stunned. It sounded like a dream, so light, a voice floating in the sky. Production was minimal but bold and the music had a feel not often heard with African songwriters. The lack of budget, the time restraints and the restriction to three musicians has conjured something entirely unique and very fresh.”
The show in Liverpool is part of Africa Oyé's 25th Anniversary celebrations, which also sees Kanda Bongo Man (7th Oct) and Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita (15th Nov) play the Philharmonic this Autumn.... See MoreSee Less