A fantastic day with some truly memorable moments.
For photographs of the day visit Nyodema Flickr stream.
Among the craft stalls, traditional hand-crafted silver Tuareg jewellery was on sale from Mouhamed Ahnou, a Tuareg artisan from Niger. Sales of Mouhamed’s jewellery help to fund life-enhancing projects for his village, such as constructing a grain store, establishing a pharmacy, supplying school books and planting fruit trees. The Tuareg rarely visit the UK and this was a rare opportunity to buy direct from the artisan.
Highlights of the day included:
11.30am West Sussex Guitar Club
The outstanding guitarists from the West Sussex Guitar Club performed a variety of pieces from around the world.
Popular local trio, Six-Fifteen, started the line-up in the main hall with a lively mix of bluegrass and jazz.
1.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm African Drumming workshops
2.00pm Dub Side of The Boulder
A talented group of local 14 – 16 year olds played a short set of reggae numbers.
2.30pm Beeja Indian Dancers (performance and workshop)
Beeja, a London based dance theatre company, presented an exciting insight into the Indian classical dance form ‘bharatanatyam’. A spectacular, colourful and vibrant celebration of dance and rhythm, the performance delighted the audience and the workshop was both interesting and great fun to take part in – as you can see from the photos if you go to the Flickr stream link at the bottom of the page.
4.00pm Children’s Mardi-gras parade
4.20pm Mundo Pequeno
Meaning “Small World” in Portuguese the bands name reflects their mutual love of different music from around the world. With a heady mix of Latin grooves, African rhythms and jazz harmonies, Mundo Pequeno’s music has the power to move both your heart and your feet.
Following their popularity at last year’s festival, headliners Baraka, made a welcome return to this year’s event. Global beats, intricate rhythms and soaring melodies produced a unique sound guaranteed to get you dancing. Featuring musicians from Ghana, The Congo, Dominica, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, Baraka represents world music at its best. This year we were lucky enough to have kora player and percussionist, Mamadou Cissoko from Senegal, join them on stage adding even greater depth and energy to their wonderful music. Read more about Baraka.
Entrance to the festival was FREE with all money raised from donations going towards Nyodema’s health and education projects in The Gambia, West Africa.
Nyodema would like to thank it’s sponsors including Sussex Community Foundation – Grassroots Grants, Telephony Business Solutions Ltd, Careline Services Ltd, PB Digital and The Gambia Experience.