24 June 2018
The Ethiopian social circus company Fekat Circus, on Thursday the 16th, will inaugurate the sunsets in African Village, reserved for all sorts of African dance forms: from traditional to the contemporary dance. The first to follow will be Ali Thioune from Senegal with his proposal of workshops steeped in traditional African dance tradition that will take place on the 17th and 20th of August. And on the 18th and 21st the public will be able to immerse themselves in modern Afro dances –new to this 2018 programme- taking the lead will be collective Afro Women Dancers, created especially for this edition. The collective is made up of Makady DHQ -Dancehall champion of the Iberian Peninsula in 2013-, Flora Sáenz -professor of urban dance and with training in disciplines ranging from hip-hop to dancehall and Afrobeat- and the renowned choreographer Indee Styla.
Afro Women Dancers will also set the pace for the evenings on the African Stage, with six concerts lined up, offering a musical trip through Senegal, Niger, Cameroon and Cuba that will be opened by the six musicians of the Nigerian formation Studio Shap Shap (Friday 17) with its fusion of traditional rhythms and electronic, word and song. The Thioune Brothers (Senegal), the only professional African performing arts company based in Spain, will take over on Saturday the 18th and a day later, on the 19th, the Elephant Tiny Obsession quartet (Cameroon, Cuba) will bring to Rototom Sunsplash their urban sound with influences from blues, funk and jazz that figures in Fire Love, their first album. African Village will also witness the recent return to the stage of the Senegalese singer Khady Seck (Monday 20); and on the 21st it will welcome Nino Galissa from Guinea Bissau, with a new album, Kabaku, that links the most traditional African music with the most contemporary rhythms with the production of the Cuban musician Kumar Sublevao-Beat, special guest for this show. The latter will close the African Stage line-up (August 22) presenting Afrikun, his new album.
From dusk to dawn, there will be the sessions of the multi-faceted Sr. Lobezno (Thursday 16), a bench mark on the Spanish black music scene with sets full of energy, will set pace; DJ Douds (August 17) and the eclecticism that marks his Senegalese roots together with European sounds; and the collective Ashanti!, with Dj Day B, Dj Douds and Dj Baba Sy and their party mix of dancehall-afrobeat that is one hundred per cent danceable. DJ Vera G. Moumie (Cameroon-Spain) and their combination of African sounds such as Makossa, Sokous, Congolese rumba or Angolan kuduro present in their new project, N’Zinga; and the couple of selectors from the DJ Golfo de Guinea, tireless seekers of African-American sounds, and the Colombian Lady Avocado.