Irish and ethnic music acts to cook up a storm for Africa Day


IRISH ACTS such as Cathy Davey, Kila and Liam Ó Maoinlaí along with African musicians Vieux Farka Touré and Kenny Gilmore will play a free Dublin concert to mark Africa Day.

The programme for the festival at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin city centre on May 24th was launched yesterday and it is one of 30 Africa Day events to take place across the country. The annual Africa Day on May 25th is a global initiative of the African Union to celebrate the continents diversity, success and potential.

A mock Malawian village wedding, a traditional Ethiopian coffee-making ceremony and Ugandan drumming are among planned highlights.

Unusual food such as safari suya (African kebab), safari mangrove fish (roasted fish) and safari boli (roasted plantain with banana) will be available.

Children’s entertainment will include making African masks and rain sticks and a traditional African sport called 25.

Minister of State for Overseas Development Peter Power yesterday emphasised the “very strong links” between Ireland and Africa.

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