Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour will play the last of a series of
concerts across Spain as part of the month-long Africa Vive festival to
celebrate Africa Day on May 25.
N'Dour's closing concert is on May 29 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the
Canary Islands off west Africa, some 2,500 kilometers from Seville,
where he headlines a day-long concert today (May 22) called Territorios
Africa. The Territorios Sevilla festival runs May 22-June 6.
"It is really gratifying that African music is reaching Seville and the
Spanish public at last," N'Dour said before the Seville event in a city
Africa Vive is organized by public consortium Casa Africa and Fundación
Autor, the promotion arm of the Spanish authors' and publishers'
collecting society, SGAE. It enjoys the active support of associated
events such as Territorios Sevilla, Womad in Cáceres, and institutions
such as the Madrid city and regional governments, the Andalucia regional
government, Madrid's Complutense University, and African embassies in
Casa Africa's main office is in Las Palmas on the Canary Island of Gran
Canaria, but it has several regional offices across the Spanish
mainland. It is run by the foreign ministry, the Canary Islands regional
government, and the Spanish International Cooperation Agency for
Africa Vive aims to bring together African and Spanish cultures, and
apart from music, the events include cinema, art exhibitions and
cultural workshops. "We have to remind ourselves sometimes that Africa
is more than an extensive territory that suffers the consequences of
hungers and wars, but a continent with great possibilities. The concerts
we have arranged also remind us that it is a musical treasure house,"
says Africa Vive coordinator Xavier Novaes.
Africa Vive events began on May 6 in Las Palmas, and take in four of the
seven Canary Islands (Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and
Fuerteventura), Madrid, Seville, Cáceres, Barcelona, and the wind-surf
resort of Tarifa, which is holding a parallel African Film Festival.
Playing alongside N'Dour at the Seville concert are African musicians
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Tony Allen, Rokia Traoré, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni
Bá, Daara J Family, Suzanna Owiyo, Justin Tchatchoua, Simao Felix, Tiken
Jah Fakoly and Smod.
The main Madrid concert is on May 23, when Barcelona-based
multi-national band Ojos de Brujo headline at the Madrid university
show, which also stars Senegalese rap trio Daara J Family, reggae artist
Tiken Jah Fakoly, Smod and Bassekou Kouyate.