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Free festival in the park.

Byline: CATHERINE JONES

THE biggest live free African Music Festival in the UK comes to Sefton Park this weekend.

Thousands of people are expected to converge on the south Liverpool park for the Africa Oye.

On Saturday the line-up will include KasaA MasaA from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Group Loulou from Senegal/Gambia, Daby Toure from Mauritania, and Freddie McGregor plus special guests Chino, Laden & the Millennium Band from Jamaica.

On Sunday it will be the turn of Cameroon's Muntu Valdo, Gordon Masiala & NKA Musica, and Kanda Bongo Man, both from the Congo, Daby Toure and the UK's

Carroll Thompson with full live band.

Festival co-ordinator Paul Duhaney said: "Africa Oye is a unique festival.

"It was born out of the historical links the city has had with Africa and the Caribbean, concentrating particularly on the music, fashion, and food that has come to these shores over the years.

"Even in larger cities like Manchester, Birmingham, and London there is nothing to rival this celebration of African and Caribbean Culture and Liverpool should be proud of this fact.

"Times are hard financially for everyone right now so the fact anyone can attend Oye and see world class musicians free of charge in one of the best parks in Europe is a great selling point for the festival." Children's entertainment during the weekend will include workshops, Beatlife percussion, bouncy castles, a mobile climbing wall and face painting and rodeo for adults..

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jun 17, 2009
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