Originating from the heart of Cape Verde West Africa, Ras Jahknow ushers an innovative reggae style drawing their worldly sound from a variety of countries including Ethiopia, Brazil, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tanzania and Australia.
DJ Wise King
Currently based in Melbourne, DJ Wise King has played gigs all across the city, Sydney, Brisbane and across other regional parts of Victoria. “Music has always been my passion from a very young age. It brings people from all backgrounds and cultures together and creates a significant atmosphere” – DJ Wise King
African Communities Children with Mzuri Dance
Mzuri presentations focus on celebrating people’s individual expression and assist them in the process of coming together and sharing in each other’s abilities, differences, sameness to realise how working together with a common goal can actually create success, harmony and shared achievement.
The heartbeat of Burundians resonates with the sound of the drum. The Burundian drums have made headlines in the world of cultural performances in Victoria, while Burundian drummers in Melbourne improved their skills through the many performances in different locations and this 10th of December they will perform in AMCF 2016.
South African born songbird Avii can only be described as eclectic. Her sultry and elegant voice gives her music a soulful and sophisticated sound. This petite songstress with a larger than life personality and fiery image brings a whole new level to alternative music.
Asanti Dance Theatre is a highly rhythmic and dynamic dance ensemble. They perform with captivating power, precision and energy, presenting an unforgettable experience of West African music, dance and culture fused with the contemporary influences of Australia.
Abe Nouk was illiterate when he arrived in Australia. Now an acclaimed spoken word poet and community educator, whose craft developed from a realisation of the freedom of speech. Abe is the founder and director at Creative Rebellion Youth. “the best thing you can do for yourself is to feed your mind.”
Afrovasion is a mixture of afropop, afrohouse, afrobeat dance and coupé decalé. The workshop aims to create a brighter prospective of living for young people who are facing disadvantages, struggles (family, friends, school, work etc.) or discrimination within their community by bringing them together through a different culture [African] of dance that has spread all over the world. Afrovasion hopes that the young people that attend the workshops find a sense of belonging and acceptance while getting motivated, inspired, increase self-confidence and being physically active.
Zimbabwe Community Language School
The Zimbabwe Community in Australia Vic association was formed in 2005 to serve the people with a Zimbabwean heritage or links and people with an interest about Zimbabwe. The ZimCommunity Language School was established in 2011 in order to teach Shona and Ndebele languages to members in Victoria.
Fleurs Des Liles
Fleurs Des Liles is a professional Mauritian Sega group of dancers from Melbourne. They are very passionate about Mauritian culture that is why you will see them again performing in the AMCF 2016.
Fiesta Kreol is a professional dance group who are proud to represent and showcase the cultures of Mauritius, Rodrigues and Seychelles through the dance of Sega. Fiesta Kreol aims to form a uniting Creole community deep in the heart of Melbourne as a part of keeping the traditions of our islands alive and so it may be passed on to future generations.
RKM Global Fashion
RKM, the label inspired by the designer’s name Rhoda Kate Mphande, is a brand with a style personified with a touch of heritage. Her idea is to bring different cultures together on a global level, for better integration and cultural understanding through the avenue of fashion, from one generation to the next with a modern twist to her designs to fit in anyone’s closet, while maintaining the African identity.
Eskista Dance Group
Eskista is a traditional Ethiopian dance performed by both men and women that is known for its unique emphasis on intense shoulder movement.
Yaw Faso, an eclectic artiste hailing from Melbourne’s west. Not afraid to mash up and twist the soundscape, Yaw Faso fuses Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop and anything beat heavy. Holding it all together with lyricism and a trademark singing style.
Melbourne Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA)
Melbourne Academy of Performing Arts, is the new hub of excellence in Performing Arts Training and Education. MAPA goes so much deeper than simply teaching children how to DANCE, SING, ACT or PLAY an instrument. MAPA is a place where we share great moments in the lives of young people, make new friends, marvel at those giving their best, explore new things, share a smile and learn the importance of how to fully express ourselves in life.
Zyalila Cultural Group
Zyalila Ngoma cultural group aspires to create a community of dance, arts, culture and share this with the people from all walks of life.
Young Low is a South Sudanese-Australia artist who was born in Ethiopia. Young Low composes many of his songs in the Dinka language. He will be performing hit songs from his album #Athek.
Alariiya Afrobeat Group
Alárìíyá delivers the finest afro-jazz, funk rhythms, from Nigeria creating a unique live performance with exotic vibes and rhythms.
King Bell & Soukouss Ba Congo
King Bell with his dynamic dance band “King Bell and Soukous Ba Congo” captures the audience with his passion and the visual excitement of the dance. The infectious rhythms range from exciting high energy dance to the slower and more sensual rhumba rhythms of the traditional music and dance of Central Africa.
Lamine and The African Intelligence Band
African Intelligence is a 10 piece ensemble led by Senegalese singer/dancer Lamine Sonko, sharing with you a musical report from the roots of afrobeat, reggae and salsa. From funky baselines and swift guitar riffs to the smooth groove of a message with meaning, here is a band that has it all!
Queen NYIBANY – Fashion Designer
If you love colour, vibrant and fierce clothing then you will fall in love with Queen Nyibany Designs.
Soreti is an Oromo poet, organiser and writer. Her artistry is a method of storytelling and worldly exploration. She performers and writes with adamant faith that her expression may inspire people to live larger than themselves, to care deeper than this world permits and to believe, really believe, that justice is our right.
Kofi has been teaching drumming to people from Western Countries for the past 15 years. He is familiar with translating the complex patterns common in African music in a way that Westerners can understand. His knowledge of every aspect of his culture allows him to teach it as it would be learned in Africa, with the accompanying songs and dances.
Soli Tesema is one of Australia’s favourite contestants from the Voice season 3. Based in Melbourne VIC. With philanthropic career ambitions, R’n’B pop artist Soli Tesema has big-hearted aspirations to one day share her good fortune with underprivileged children in her home country of Ethiopia.
One Spirit African Drumming
One Spirit African Drumming is directed by Fred who is a well-known Ghanaian dance director, master drummer and dancer, he is also a multi-instrumentalist with over 22 years’ experience in performance.
Daikarkel is a gospel musician with more than 10 year into the musical environment.
Oromo Traditional Dance Group
The Oromo Traditional dance features fast and sharp movement of the head and neck which creates the whipping illusion.