London-based, entertainment producers, Serious and pan-African network, Cultural Connections Africa, with Songlines Magazine, have teamed up to present STREAMS FROM AFRICA, an online streaming event presenting the young and emerging voices from several countries within the continent. The series, premiering on May 24th, focuses on contemporary and fresh sounds.
A truly global project, the series comprises of six new showcases co-curated with Cultural Connections Africa and Serious, and a selection of shows from the INDIBA IS take-over produced in Joburg Theatre in South Africa.
Earlier this month, London Jazz News was discussing Cultural Connections Africa with one of the prime movers behind the project, Music Works International’s own, Katherine McVicker.
Katherine told them how CCA, which aims to support African music and culture across the globe, has developed momentum in their quest to pave the way to create an environment in African countries where touring will be more viable for both local and international touring musicians.
The network in which members share knowledge, resources, and experience, currently includes over 30 stakeholders across 15 countries in Africa, and the website invites more people to join it.
As McVicker noted ‘We started this in 2019 – pre-pandemic, but the pandemic has provided us more time to develop this cooperation. We started this network, CCA, to connect professionals on a macro-level, in order to pave the way to sustainable live-music touring on the continent for the first time.”
Songlines magazine is delighted to support Streams from Africa and to offer viewers exclusive free digital access to their 20+ year archive of over 165 issues.
For more details visit: bit.ly/StreamsFromAfrica-Songlines
All times noted are British Summer Time (BST) 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Monday 24 May - Elida Almeida, 8 pm
Tuesday 25 May – Yugen Blakrok, 8 pm
Wednesday 26 May – Thandi Ntuli, 8 pm
Wednesday 26 May – The Brother Moves On, 9 pm
Thursday 27 May – Amosi Just a Label, 8 pm
Friday 28 May - Umlilo & LaliBoi // Double Bill, 8 pm
Friday 28 May - Azu Tiwaline, 9 pm
These streams will first be broadcast at the times listed above. After the premiere of these shows, the Thandi Ntuli and The Brother Moves on concerts will be available seven days after the premiere. After that, the remaining videos will be available to watch on serious.org.uk/StreamsFromAfrica for 12 months.