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Gibraltar World Music Festival 2017

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GWMF 2017This year’s events during the Gibraltar World Music Festival will focus on Africa, with documentaries about the struggle of Malian musicians not being able to play the music in a country taken over by extremists, followed by a street party named ‘AFREEKA’ which will focus on artists from Ethiopia and Mali and the final concert on Thursday 8 June from 8 pm in St. Michael’s Cave with performances from Adi Adunia, Yossi Fine, Gili Yalo and Bassekou Kouyate.

Three exceptional and unique shows with three exceptional artists: Yossi Fine and Ben Aylon with Music from the Blue Desert, Gili Yalo from Ethiopia; and the Malian Ngoni player and Griot: the artist Bassekou Kouyate.

Bassekou Kouyate is considered to be the best ngoni player in the world, revolutionizing the playing of this traditional instrument and gathering Ngonis with different size and pitches in his groovy band “Ngoni ba”. Griots are esteemed musician/storytellers whose lineage stretches back centuries. Bassekou was born into this resonant tradition but his relationship to it has been anything but static. He is also dug into Blues and Country music.

Yossi Fine, bass master producer, one of the most well known musicians and producers in the world today. Grammy nominated, Produced over 40 albums around the world, reaching 20 gold and multi-platinum albums. Yossi has produced, recorded and played with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Gil Evans Orchestra, Vieux Farka Toure and many more. In his new project Yossi plays bass and a special guitar he built, playing traditional songs and hits from the blue desert.

In this project Yossi presents Ben Aylon, a.k.a One Man Tribe. Ben has played and recorded with African top musicians: Doudou N’diaye Rose, Awadi, Bombino and Omar Pene. After a deep research in Senegal, Ben has developed an innovative drumming style that creates a massive sound of an entire tribe of drummers, using a custom hybrid drum set he built from Senegalese and modern drums. Completing the band’s sound is Lior Romano on Bass and Keyboards, known as the groove master behind Ester Rada and The Hoodna Orchestra.

Gili Yalo combines Ethiopian roots with Soul, Funk, Groove, Psychedelic and Jazz music. The result is a rich, vivid, exceptional melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic. The music made by Gili embodies his own personal story, which inspires the rhythm and the flow of this whole music project. During Operation Moses, a mass migration of Ethiopian Jews fled from their native land on foot to refugees’ camps in Sudan. Together with his family, Gili walked through the desert towards the Promised Land and sang to his beloved ones.

In the course of this exhausting and emotional journey it was the music that encouraged Gili and his family to keep on moving.

Concert tickets will be available at 92 Irish Town at £35 (General Public) and £30 (Senior Citizens and Students) and in buytickets.gi. Tickets prices will be inclusive of Shuttle Service to/from the Cave. The pick up will start at 19.00 from Midtown Coach Park.

For more background on these artists and the music of Africa listen again to Liz Alexandria’s ‘Out of Africa’ first broadcast on Radio Mix 106 FM on Saturday 27 May.

For a chance to win tickets to the Uprising concert in St Michael’s Cave then enter the competition on the Mix 106 Facebook page.

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