Festival of Yoruba Arts 2011: Includes celeb line up

URGENT UPDATE: Hackney Hive has received phone calls regarding the Yoruba Festival and have directed them to the organizers.  Initially Hackney Hive was led to believe the Yoruba festival would include an all star line up, but after receiving a phone call from Ashley Banjo’s agent to say not only was he not attending, but he had no knowledge of the festival, I removed his name.

When asked about the mix up, organiser Jaquiline Adewumni admitted she relied on her IT person, who claimed Ashley was a friend of his.

When asked about the other guests such as Comedian Gina Yashere (who lives in Los Angeles), Foot ballers Emanuel Adebayor and Obafemi Martin, I was told, they had indicated an interest and she was relying on the “Nigerian way of doing business” – honoring a verbal agreement.

When asked why the names were on the press release I was told “it wouldn’t hurt to stimulate interest”. I knew from glancing at Gina Yasheres’s website that she would be in Los Angeles in July.

Any questions should be directed at the organisers. Details can be found at the end of this page.

A Yoruba female mask

It’s gearing up to be another awesome open air festival season in Hackney this summer, with new festivals being introduced and old favorites returning.

Which is why we are happy to  hear that the line up for the 2nd annual Festival of Yoruba Arts to be held at Clissold Park has been announced.

Once again Stoke Newington will host what promises to be a full day of heart-pounding entertainment with DJ’s, live music, film screening, competitions, arts, crafts,  fashion show and food.

This years special guests include  well known and accomplished Brits of Nigerian decent, specifically of the Yoruba tribe.  Premier league footballers past and present –  John Fashanu, Emanuel Adebayor and Obafemi Martin, native east Londoner and Hackney Empire regular – comedian Gina YashereVictor Adebowale ( Chief Executive Turning Point).

Other entertainment will be provided by:

Dele Sosimi and the Afro beat vibrations (London),
9ice (Award winning musician (Nigeria)
The London Lucumi Choir, (Cuba)
Afro Commotion (Mixed)
Ayan Agalu Cultural group (Nigeria),
Bukky Leo and the Afro Jazz (London) and more artists to be confirmed

The Yoruba’s are from the southwestern part of Nigeria and while the majority of the Yoruba’s live in western Nigeria, there are also substantial indigenous Yoruba communities in Benin, Ghana, Togo and the Caribbean.

DATE: SATURDAY 23rd July 2011


TIME: 10.00AM TO 9.00PM

Festival of the Yoruba arts website

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