Nneka to Headline The Africa Centre’s Summer Festival

Covent Garden, August 3-4, 2013

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 15, 2013–The Africa Centre is incredibly excited to announce that the headline act at next month’s Summer Festival will be the international star and neo-soul singer, Nneka.

Consistent: Nneka

Consistent: Nneka

Nneka first came to prominence in 2004 when she appeared as a warm-up act for reggae star, Sean Paul, at his concert in Hamburg. Ever since her debut album, ‘The Uncomfortable Truth’, in 2005, Nneka has been building a catalogue of challenging, political soul and hip hop music. Best known for her 2008 single, ‘Heartbeat’, her work has been compared to Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill.

She will thrill attendees of the Africa Centre’s Summer Festival with a live performance on the evening of Saturday, August 3(rd) . This charity event, that is seeking to raise funds for the Africa Centre’s future cultural and business event programming, will be held in London’s iconic cultural destination, Covent Garden. Other performing artists include DJ Edu, the anchor for BBC 1xtra’s “Destination Africa” radio show, and Wale Ojo and the London Afrobeat Collective. The festival, curated by the acclaimed artist, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, will also feature African films and photography, visual art exhibitions and a catwalk show from Africa Fashion Week London.

“I am indeed proud to be associated with the Africa Centre’s drive to celebrate Africa’s contemporary dynamism at the very heart of London,” said Yinke Shonibare. “As guest curator for the event, I am excited that Nneka has agreed to be the headline act for the Summer Festival. Come and experience contemporary art by three of the most promising African women working today. Enjoy African photography on screen at Covent Garden Tube station, experience African music and film on the Piazza and swagger with Africa Fashion Week London.”

The Chairman of the Africa Centre’s Trustees, Oliver Andrews, added: “Nneka is an amazing talent and a perfect role model for the young artists we want to cultivate. With such a packed programme of African cultural events, there’s certainly something to suit all tastes and I would encourage all Africanists to come along to support us.”

Notes to Editors

About The Africa Centre’s Summer Festival

The Africa Centre will be holding its first Summer Festival, a 2-day event, on the 3(rd) and 4(th) of August 2013, in and around the Covent Garden Piazza in central London. The festival will showcase the best of contemporary African arts and culture, including music from emerging artists, a fashion show, film and photography, visual art exhibitions and African arts and crafts stalls. To download the festival programme and for further information, please visit our website www.africacentre.org.uk.

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SOURCE: The Africa Centre ; Published by The Wall Street Journal
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