Norfolk World Music Festival

For its 11th year the Southburgh World music festival is changing its name to the Norfolk World Music Festival and is set to bring an even wider range of music, artists, and food from all over the world to Norfolk this Summer. A heady mix of African Kora’s, Cuban rhythm’s, traditional Zimbabwean, Eastern European, and Irish music, and Portugese singers, will be a feast for the ears, while food from Africa, India, Europe and Asia, as well as Norfolk will be a feast for the tastebuds. The main days events on Saturday 27th July will be part of the counties Norfolk Day.

This vibrant, colourful, and lively festival is taking place over the weekend of the 26th to 28th July, and is being held at the Burton Manor Barns, Southburgh, Norfolk.

The weekend begins on the Friday evening with an open mic session in the bar.

For the Saturday the festival is very proud to have been able to book the authentic Cuban band Son Yambu, an intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythm’s creating a sensational authentic Latin experience on the Saturday night. Headlining will be the upbeat Gypsy punk, reggae and ska of The Foreign Locals, add to this the exuberant Harare fronted by virtuoso Marimbist and former Bhundu Boys man Kuda Matimba, Belfast based brothers the Watchsnatchers playing a mix of traditional, original and contemporary Irish music and Samia Malik’s original take on the tradition of Urdu sung poetry.

The fringe festival stage during the day on the Saturday includes a wide cross section of music from around the world. The festival welcomes back Portugese singer songwriter Rayze with a distinctive and intense collection of songs. Vocal and sax duo Diva and the DJ play classic and cool R and B, Jazz, Soul, reggae, Latin and funk songs, Kora and Balafon maestro Sefo Kanuteh will be gracing the stage and the Taal-Rasa-Bhana dance academy will be getting the audience up on their feet. Festival organizer Anna Mudeka joins forces with Millicent Chapanda as sisters in Mbira celebrating the Shona culture and calling on the ancestral spirits to rise through the cascading sound of the Mbira, while Klezmerized, a 4 piece Klezmer band playing homage to traditional Eastern European Jewish music as well as middle Eastern, Gypsy and Balkan music.

Workshops will include Bodhran, native American and Samba drumming, singing, salsa, Kora and Indian dance workshops. There will also be a circus workshop with the Foolhardy circus team during the day on saturday.

An incredible range of food from around the world will be available including Caribbean, Indian, African, French Thai, Zimbabwean and Italian food, coffee, tea and locally made cakes. For the campers enjoy a delicious breakfasts served on Saturday and Sunday morning by the Mudeka Foundation team. A licensed bar will be operating over the weekend with proceeds going to the Mudeka foundation who will be donating the profits to the education of Orphans in Zimbabwe.

Norwich global village will be managing craft stalls at the festival.

As festival organiser Anna Mudeka states ‘Our aim is to bring a slice of the world to the heart of Norfolk. It’s a wonderful space where people of all ages and nationalities can come and share experiences through music, theatre, food and crafts’. She added that ‘It is an ideal setting for children to run around in, and to make new friends, while parents chill out or take part in the activities available, and maybe even discover their inner child again’.

It is guaranteed once again to be a festival of fun for the whole family.

A ticket and camping for the whole weekend costs £50, while a day ticket for the Saturday costs £25 for adults, £12 for children aged 6-12, and it is free for children under 6 years of age. Camping is available from 2 pm Friday to mid day Sunday, gates opening from 9.30 am on the Saturday and events starting on the day from 10 am.

To find out more about the festival and to buy tickets go to norfolkworldmusicfestival.co.uk, email info@norfolkworldmusicfestival.co.uk or call 01362 822194 / 07879 493843.