Rokia Traoré, Nneka and Mulatu Astatke among 14th edition’s of Cross Culture Festival headliners. Who else?
Angola, Mali, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia in the program of this year’s edition of Cross Culture Festival. For the 14th time extraordinary artists will perform on festival’s stage. It’s hard not to notice Africa dominating the line-up. Despite their origin, every artist builds through music his story and identity. What kind of stories will they bring to us? Let’s find out who will perform on September 16-22 near Palace of Culture and Science…
Nneka will also join a circle of artists – multi-talented Nigerian singer, who moved to Germany at the age of 19 to begin her studies. As she memorizes, writing songs back then helped her ease loneliness, cultural shock and homesickness. King Ayisoba can be introduces as charismatic "king" of kologo music from north-eastern Ghana. Ayisoba's world of sounds and words contains uncompromising and suggestive lyrics fused with hypnotic, powerful music and ecstatic dance, and also story about tradition, music – contemporary and of the past.
The musical special projects of the festival are going to be extremely interesting. A starting point in creating them was the meaning of words, their timbre, tone and stories written in music. During Sounds Like Poland a Polish-Persian project "When masters meet" will be presented, being a fruit of cooperation of Maria Pomianowska with Hossein Alizadeh. The main motto of this project is focusing on a spiritual aspect of art. Both artists agree that a couple of notes, a tiny ornament, quarter tone or subtle melisma is enough to create deeply moving piece.
This year's. 14th edition of the festival is for us a proof of lasting publicity's interest in world music. We are very proud that, this music event started by us 14 years ago, is now well recognized and valued. Carefully chosen by us group of artists will surely leave in the memory of listeners extraordinary music experience and additional attractions, that we're planning, will be a great surprise for all the festival's attendees and people, who are just getting to know Cross Culture festival this year" – says Andrzej Matusiak – Stołeczna Estrada's director, creator of the CCF.
September 16 (Sunday)
11:00 a.m. – Little Cross Culture: concert for children "Singing forest", performed by Whistleberries band (Ireland, Poland)
7:00 p.m. – inauguration concert: Waldemar Bastos (Angola), Rokia Traoré (Mali)
September 17,18 (Monday, Tuesday) – additional events
September 19 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. – SOUNDS LIKE POLAND: WoWaKin Trio, Bester Quartet, Maria Pomianowska and Hossein Alizadeh (Iran)
September 20 (Thursday)
7:00 p.m. – EUROPE COLLECTIVE: Agata Siemaszko and Laćhe Lavutara (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary), Baobab Orchestra (Senegal)
September 21 (Friday)
7:00 p.m. – DANCING COCTAIL: King Ayisoba (Ghana), Nneka (Nigeria/Germany), Ifriqiyya Electrique (Tunisia/France)
11:00 p.m. – DJ set
Tickets will also be available at the festival tent during whole festival (September 16-22).
Whole festival carnet (16,19,20,21,22 of September) – 150 PLN /8% VAT included/
Single concert ticket – 40 PLN /8% VAT included/
Concert for children "Singing forest" – 20 PLN (free for children up to 3 years old)
Cross Culture Festival is taking place since 2005. About 250 artists from 61 countries and 6 continents had already performed. It is the biggest presentation of world music and multi-culture in Poland. Program was prepared by Maria Pomianowska (art director), Maciej Szajkowski, Marta Dobosz, Anna Szewczuk-Czechu, Jakub Borysiak.
The festival is organized by the city of Warsaw and Stołeczna Estrada.
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