Events: Africa – Paisley 2021

Clare Robertson is heading to Paisley for the Africa – Paisley 2021 cultural extravaganza, Saturday 21 July 2018

I am a musician, singer and songwriter born of African Scottish descent. I grew up in the seaside town of Irvine where I was exposed to an annual Folk Music Festival. From a young age I wanted to learn the banjo but it was the guitar that I finally began to teach myself. I was very fortunate to hear a variety of performers such as Billy Connelly, Tam Harvey, Pictogorn Bourrée, Schmelztiegel, Fiedel Michel, Danny Kyle, Tich Frier, The Sands Family, Ossian, Eddie Reader, John Martin, Mike Whellans, the late Johnny Silvo, Battlefield Band, Mairéad Ní Mhoanaigh and a host of young Irish bands inspired and educated my musical palette with their regular festival visits.

Clare at Paisley Town Hall, July 2015

At 17, I spent time travelling in Ireland with young musicians and began to write my own songs. At 19, I moved to the Midlands to study and continued to explore music and songwriting. It was there that I took up African dance and singing Trad Jazz. Over the next 13 years until returning to Scotland I felt that Scottish music did not speak to me as it had in my youth and I turned to music from within a variety of cultural contexts.

As my young family grew up back in Scotland I was keen to return to performing and I sought to create new musical outlets, fuse styles and reflect a more varied and experienced outlook. I began working and collaborating with Pan African Arts in 2005 and co-founded Hesu as their 1st resident band.

Iain Stewart/J P Samputu

Iain Stewart and J P Samputu join the acts at the Africa – Paisley 2021 on Saturday 21st 2018.

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“The song captured their hearts as Jean Paul said it would. It’s been well received here too.” Iain Stewart

”AT HOME in Peebles, he’s just known as Iain down the pub — but in Rwanda he’s a pop star with a No1 album. Former RE teacher Iain Stewart is bringing joy to a nation still healing after the genocide of a million people in 1994 with his song Window of Peace. He became an overnight star after meeting Rwanda’s answer to will.i.am, Grammy winning African singer John Paul Samputu who begged him to record his song.” – Scottish Sun 4 Nov 2014

Clan Macondo

”Africa UMOJA A Spirit Of Togetherness July 2015 @ Paisley Town Hall. What a Fantastic Festival. Clan Macondo was invited yesterday to be part of this experience. So many talented Afro World artist on one stage. Food was simply d e l i c i o u s !! It was a family event. Kids were everywhere and you were like in a Fairy castle. On each corner of this beautiful building a smiley face and a giggle turned the old stone into an enchanting site………”

Back to Paisley with its AfroColombian rythym, Clan Macondo’s candlelight kisses the ceiling of Paisley Town Hall again this year at the AFRICA – PAISLEY 2021 on Saturday 21st July 2018. Africa – Paisley 2021 is a heritage event of Paisley2021 (www.Pailsey2021.co.uk) and funded by the Renfrewshire Council.

Testimonial of last event at Paisley by Maritza Rodriguez of Clan Macondo ”Africa UMOJA A Spirit Of Togetherness July 2015 @ Paisley Town Hall. What a Fantastic Festival. Clan Macondo was invited yesterday to be part of this experience. So many talented Afro World artist on one stage. Food was simply d e l i c i o u s !! It was a family event. Kids were everywhere and you were like in a Fairy castle. On each corner of this beautiful building a smiley face and a giggle turned the old stone into an enchanting site. Music, drums and people relax. We had the chance to bring our candles into the hall. Our AfroColombian rhythms. Kids wanted to have fun as it should be. And so we were up for it too. THANKS Samuel Team and Association of African Communities in Renfrewshire. See you next year”

 

David Destiny Okosun

A Nigeria-born and Scotland-based multi-instrumentalist, singer and music teacher who has been practising his act in Nigeria for over 20 years before relocating to Glasgow in December 2011 to work as a director of music in a church.

He teaches saxophone, violin, trumpet recorder, clarinet, drums and piano. A classical music accompanist and composer.

David Destiny is the first Nigerian Live band act to perform at various award ceremonies in Glasgow which includes; Scottish Minority Ethnic Achievement Award 2013, Africa-Commonwealth Games 2014 Gala hosted by Africa-Challenge Scotland Organisation, Africa Umoja Paisley 2015 and also performed at the Community Giant Award in 2016 with other professional artistes like Vangelis Polydorou from the Voice UK2016 and Caitlyn Vanbeck from X-factor UK2016.

David Destiny has been involved in children musical development in various communities across Scotland and presently working with the Radiant and Brighter Organisation to build a multi-cultural Children’s Choir in Glasgow.

 

”….forget all (the) stereotypes about Paisley….” Nikki Sacha Gauld @Africa Umoja 2015

”Well forget all (the) stereotypes about Paisley, what a warm African welcome we had a huge audience of diverse cultural mix……thankyou and thankyou lovely people of Paisley. It was like a mini WOMAD Charlton Park Festival (Official) in wonderful Scotland”

Don’t miss the 2018 AFRICA-PAISLEY 2021 set for 21st July 2018 at Paisley Town Hall!

 

It’s Feazy – Mr Feasibility

Get your dancing shoes on as Feazy touches down in Paisley again this year. Do you remember him? If you were on the dancing floor in 2015, you’ll definitely remember him.

Feazy is one of the artistes showing the ever vibrant African creativity in the music industry both here in Scotland and other parts of the whole.

Feazy has label releases to his credit and is looking forward to other performers to celebrate Renfrewshire diversity at the Africa – Paisley 2021 slated for the 21st of July 2018 at the Paisley Town Hall.

This is one of his releases – African Lady (2014)

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”AFRICA – PAISLEY 2021” a celebration of culture, music, fashion and food is set for July 21 2018 at the prestigious Paisley Town Hall. The event is funded by Renfrewshire Council – PAISLEY 2021.

 

UNOMA OKUDO

Queen of Soul music, Unoma Okudo and her band are set to bring Paisley alive on the 21st July 2018 at the African-Paisley 2021, a Paisley2021 heritage event funded by Renfrewshire Council and organised by Action for Culture and Ethics.

Sensational” – STV Glasgow

Unoma, the Nigeria-born and Glasgow-based singer and songwriter is a well-known voice in the music industry having played alongside professional artistes including Grammy award winner Macy Gray and soul legend Alexander O’Neal. She was right there at the 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony as a back-up vocal for Donnie MacLean, Kylie Minogue and others.

Unoma, who hit the “single of the week” on Janice Forsyth Show after BBC Radio Scotland picked up her single “Satisfied” has gone on to release “Odyssey” on digital platform.

”A Glasgow based singer with a sensational voice. sounds like a classic” – Janice Forsyth

Catch up with Unoma and a host of other world-class performers at the prestigious Paisley Town Hall, the venue for the event.

Grab your free ticket – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/africa-paisley-2021-tickets-46497181321

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”AFRICA – PAISLEY 2021” a celebration of culture, music, fashion and food is set for July 21 2018 at the prestigious Paisley Town Hall. The event is funded by Renfrewshire Council – PAISLEY 2021.

Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band storm Paisley on 21st July 2018 Africa-Paisley 2021 cultural event. A Paisley 2021 Heritage event funded by Renfrewshire Council.

Rise​ ​Kagona​ ​​quickly​ ​came​ ​to​ ​fame after​ ​travelling​ ​to​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​with​ ​his Bhundu​ ​Boys​ ​when​ ​he​ ​was​ ​in​ ​his​ ​early 20s.​ ​The​ ​Bhundu​ ​Boys​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​tour the​ ​world​ ​-​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​first​ ​African bands​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​worldwide​ ​success.

After​ ​the​ ​band​ ​lost​ ​most​ ​of​ ​the​ ​members​ ​tragically​ ​in​ ​the​ ​late​ ​90s,​ ​Rise​ ​has​ ​always​ ​looked forward,​ ​composing,​ ​arranging​ ​and​ ​practising,​ ​while​ ​always​ ​looking​ ​out​ ​for​ ​talented​ ​musicians he​ ​can​ ​collaborate​ ​with​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​his​ ​music.

Andy​ ​Cooke​ ​​was​ ​described​ ​by​ ​artistic​ ​director​ ​Thomas Brooman,​ ​at​ ​WOMAD​ ​‘95,​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​integrated Western​ ​musicians​ ​he’d​ ​ever​ ​seen​ ​performing​ ​with​ ​Africans -​ ​at​ ​that​ ​time​ ​he​ ​was​ ​touring​ ​with​ ​traditional​ ​musician​ ​Albert Ssempeke​ ​from​ ​Uganda.​ ​​ ​Born​ ​in​ ​Uganda,​ ​Andy​ ​had travelled​ ​back​ ​and​ ​spent​ ​some​ ​10​ ​years​ ​learning​ ​from Ssempeke​ ​before​ ​that​ ​show.​ ​​ ​Since​ ​then​ ​Andy​ ​hasn’t​ ​looked back,​ ​studying​ ​in​ ​Ghana,​ ​Gambia​ ​and​ ​Uganda.

​In​ ​the​ ​Jit Jive​ ​Band,​ ​Andy​ ​joins​ ​Rise​ ​with​ ​his​ ​home-made​ ​marimba which​ ​he​ ​calls​ ​a​ ​“baladinda”​ ​-​ ​a​ ​cross​ ​between​ ​balafon​ ​and amadinda.​ ​​ ​He​ ​also​ ​adds​ ​shaker​ ​and​ ​Ugandan​ ​thumbpiano on​ ​other​ ​songs.

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”AFRICA – PAISLEY 2021” a celebration of culture, music, fashion and food is set for July 21 2018 at the prestigious Paisley Town Hall. The event is funded by Renfrewshire Council – PAISLEY 2021.

Sankofa Beats brings its passion for African dance and drumming to Paisley on the 21st of July 2018 from 1pm at the prestigious Paisley Town Hall.

They fuse dance traditions learnt on their travels across the continent to create exciting new choreographies – high energy djembe dances, rhythmic gumboot, mesmerising belly dances and more

Sankofa Beats takes the audience on a journey to Africa and transmit their passion through music and dance.

 

Don’t miss it!

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”AFRICA – PAISLEY 2021” a celebration of culture, music, fashion and food is set for July 21 2018 at the prestigious Paisley Town Hall. The event is funded by Renfrewshire Council – PAISLEY 2021.