In Yoruba, „alafia“ means „peace“. The biggest African festival in the north of Germany is more than a great market with stalls and live acts. You can feel the unique atmosphere of the African continent there. This year, the Alafia Festival in Hamburg takes place on the last weekend in August, from 26th to 28th August.
As before, the festival is still located at the train station Altona but on the opposite side (Große Bergstraße and Bruno-Tesch-Platz). Thus, a larger and wider location will be available for visitors and retailers. The festival is for free and offers visitors on three days more than 30 musicians and more than 50 stalls at a traditional and spacious African market that fascinates around 50.000 visitors every year. Moreover, there will be an indoor programme with a literature programme as well as symposia on economic and social topics. This indoor-programme takes place in the Kulturetage Altona, Große Bergstraße 160.
On the three evenings, the musical journey takes you through the whole African continent. It starts on Friday (26th August) with the “young lioness of Africa” Wiyaala, who comes from the north-west of Ghana. She is the only performer of sissala pop in the world. As a great stage performer she is already proving herself to be one of the leading live entertainers in Ghana, if not the African continent. You can read a detailed interview with her in our July edition and on www.afrikaportal.eu. On Saturday evening, you can listen to the traditional sound of Yakawumbu. It is not enough to watch their performance because the band leader Angelina Akpovo is known for integrating the audience. Jomion et Les Uklos are three brothers from Benin who are living in New York right now. They call their distinctive sound, which is a mixture of voodoo funk, Caribbean sounds and jazz, “Whêdo” which means “rainbow” in their native language Fôn. Therefore, their live show is just as colourful and diverse! After that you can listen to the reggae beats of Abdou Day & Band, who come from Madagascar and there will be a hip-hop show with a special guest from Hamburg. On Sunday, there is the grand final of the weekend with Rachel Jeanty. Even though this wonderful singer was born in New York, she has her roots in Haiti. She has been singing professionally for 17 years and has been traveling the world as a support with superstar Céline Dion for two years.
On all of the three days, visitors can buy African and Caribbean dishes and drinks, arts and crafts, furniture, authentic music instruments, fashion and much more. Enjoy a vital African cultural scene in Hamburg and get inspired by the vitality and the artist’s vibrant power.
Friday, 26th August, 3.00-11.00 p.m.
Saturday, 27th August, 12.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m.
Sunday, 28th August, 12.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
… the stage program ends at 10.00 p.m.
For more information visit www.alafia.de