Mizike workshop and performance at ALSO Festival 2016
ALSO Festival Friday 17th June, Compton Verney, time t.b.c.
Also is the boutique festival where you can immerse yourself in the work of leading writers, academics and experts, all in beautiful countryside.
Mizike takes you on a fascinating voyage through deserts and forests, villages and cities, celebrating the songs from across Africa. The singers have a passion for the beguiling, rich and complex sounds of polyphonic and polyrhythmic singing, often passed down from tribal communities across Africa, as well as powerful praise songs and anthems from South Africa, mostly arranged or composed and taught by the talented Anita Daulne who led the choir for its first 4 years. At ALSO Festival they will bring new sounds and surprises as well as some old favourites.
Mizike appearing at a Senegal fundraiser, supporting Jali Fily Cissokho (Kora) and Ben Avison
30th June 2016, part of MCS Arts Festival Oxford, Magdalen College School, St Clements, Oxford
Virtuoso kora player and praise singer (griot), Jali Fily Cissokho who comes from Ziguinchor in the beautiful lush region of Casamance, Southern Senegal.
Fily is a Mandinkan griot. The Mandinka, a social group of approximately 4 million, live in and around Senegal, Mali and the Gambia. The griots are professional hereditary musicians who once advised and entertained the emperors and kings of Mali. These oral historians have for over 4,000 years handed down the knowledge, culture and history of the Mande people. Griots are seen as spiritual people. Griot, meaning blood (djeli), being the blood that runs through the corporeal body – the essential omniscient part of life – were thought to be all-seeing and all-knowing in the eyes of society. When you ask Fily how he became such an exponent of his music he replies “It’s in my blood.”
Refugee Week Celebration at the Bullingdon Arms
Mizike was joined by Crown Hill Choir from Milton Keynes for an amazing night of African music and poetry, organised by Rose Haines of British Red Cross and Ben Avison.
The highlight of the evening was when Rise Kagona of Bhundu Boys fame, took to the stage to sing a couple of numbers, backed by the choirs.
Supporting Count Drachma at the Southbank Centre
Oliver Steadman invited Mizike to back his group Count Drachma at The Southbank Centre and WOMAD in the summer of 2015. Jo, Iony, Sandie, Jacqui and Sylvia stepped up to the challenge and had an amazing evening playing to a packed house in the Purcell Room.
Supporting Count Drachma at WOMAD
Jenny and Hannah joined us for a wet night at WOMAD with Count Drachma where the crowd danced under their umbrellas to Jolingo and other popular Count Drachma numbers.