The African culture days which take place from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of July 2016 are exotic, colourful and diverse. There are several interesting events like the special exhibition about pearls from Africa, a multivisionshow, the big concert in the evening with “Mokoomba”, the traditional African market and drumming and dance workshops. The festival in the beautiful imperial palace offers art, music and dance from Africa for three days in Upper Franconia.

The African culture days are organized by the Pfalz Museum, the Young Theater Forchheim e.V. and the city of Forchheim. The highlight is the big concert in the courtyard in the evening: the band “Mokoomba” has its roots between Zimbabwe and Zambia, where the Zambesi meets the legendary Victoria Falls. Six young musicians draw on the diversity of various cultures and create a unique musical world which can be heard on Saturday evening, 4th of July 2016 in the courtyard. The band fascinates the audience with its mixture of Afro fusion and traditional Tonga rhythms. Moreover, the singer and percussionist Mathias Muzaza has an exceptional voice.

With the electrifying energy of African rhythms and the full power in great songwriting, Mokoomba creates its unique and wonderful Afro fusion sound which is perfect for dancing. Mokoomba has won the Music Crossroads Southern Africa Award 2008 and many other ones such as the Songlines Award for the best album and best newcomer in 2012. Their performance at the ASPHALT festival is a pre-release concert for the new album which will appear in autumn 2016 (main stage courtyard, entrance 18€, reduced 15€; pre-sale 17,50€, reduced 14,20€, (incl. pre-sale and system fees), 20% discount when showing the Zac-Abo-Card in pre-sale; booking of tickets: NN-Ticket-Point Forchheim, Hornschuchallee 7, Tel.: 09191 722011, Tabakladen Hocke, Hauptstraße 30, Forchheim, Tel.: 09191 60106, young theater Forchheim, Kasernenstr.9, Forcheim, Tel.: 09191 65168).

Der Schmuck der Masai” is the title of the special Africa exhibition (16.06. – 10.07.2016) which is part of the African culture days this year. The Masai, semi-nomadic shepherds from Kenya and Tanzania are one of the best-known ethnic groups of Africa. Their traditional body jewellery and their physical appearance seem like a symbol of their traditional culture. However, many people do not know that these pearls originally stem from Europe!

The traditional African bazar causes a good atmosphere and African feeling (Fri.: 17:00 bis 22:00, Sat.: 11:00 bis 22:00, Sun.: 11:00 bis 19:00) with arts and crafts, instruments and delicious food. There are African tales and stories, archery, painting and more for children. On Saturday, there is a drumming workshop for younger and older people organized by the drumming school “African Drums” in the courtyard.

The African bazar’s cultural offer is of high quality and diversity. There are several live concerts: the group “Ballet Zebola” performs traditional rhythms and dances from Kongo, “Raoky” with its Madagascan rhythm and European songwriting, “Fodé Camara” from Guinea with stories and live music from Africa and “BLACKback Afrobeat” with Djeli Modou Kouyaté from Guinea who combines the traditional sound of his home with modern elements of Pop and Reggae.

On Sunday at 11:00, Matthias Gößmann’s multivisions show called “Augenblick – Frühling im Namaqualand” shows impressions from South Africa (Gewölbekeller, entrance 5€). Lively drumming and dancing groups from Europe and Africa will perform on stage the whole weekend. Tormenta Jobarteh takes the audience to the world of stories, myths and songs of Africa.

Since 2008, the African culture days have supported the charity event “Lourenço Amadeu” for an orphanage and a primary school in Angola.