Africa Oye festival to be seen by millions in US; City event filmed by cable TV.
MILLIONS of Americans will be tuning into this week's Africa Oye festival in Sefton Park
The US-based Africa Channel, which is subscribed to by more than 10m viewers stateside, will film the free three day festival featuring some of African music scene's biggest stars which begins on Friday.
"Not only will the eyes of America be on us as a festival but as a city too," said 37 year-old Paul Duhaney, who organised this years festival with director and founder Kenny Murray.
Because of the interest Mr Duhaney said they had "decided to speculate to accumulate" for this year's festival the 13th of its kind. The stage will be upgraded with a bigger sound system and more stalls selling wider variety of ethnic goods and foods.
"Since we moved back to Sefton Park from Birkenhead Park the festival become more popular than ever and this one could be the best yet because all of the artists are right out of the top drawer," said London-born Mr Duhaney, who calls himself "an honorary Scouser flying the flag for Liverpool."
Among those appearing this year are Nuru Kane from Senegal, Bonga (Angola), Eyuphuru (Mozambique) and Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast).
The Africa Channel approached Mr Duhaney about filming the festival when he attended the Womex music conference which was held this year in Newcastle. "Like us they wanted to focus on something positive about Africa other than the usual stuff about war, poverty, aids and famine," explained Mr Duhaney, who added that not only would the coverage give a platform to Liverpool in America, but in Britain too.
It is expected to be one of the first programmes broadcast when the channel is launched here early next year.
An estimated 25,000 people attended last year's event which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
This year's even begins at 8pm on Friday at the Magnet on Hardman Street when Nuru Kane and Eyuphuro play with music from Lake of Stars DJs
The Sefton Park performances take place on Saturday and S u n d ay.
The former starts at 1pm and ends at 8.30pm, the latter begins at 12.30pm, finishing at
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