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Southburgh World Music Festival will bring music, food and dance together from across the globe

PUBLISHED: 06:00 25 July 2017

Scenes from the Southburgh Music Festival 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Scenes from the Southburgh Music Festival 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A festival of fun for the whole family and music from around the world returns to a little village near Dereham this weekend.

Scenes from the Southburgh Music Festival 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher. Scenes from the Southburgh Music Festival 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Southburgh World Music Festival’s wide range of music, artists, dance and food includes an opera singer from China, a ‘Cavacha’ dance music band from central Africa, music from eastern Europe, and South America, as well as food from Africa, India, Europe and Asia.

It takes place over the weekend of July 28 to 30, at the Burton Manor Barns in Southburgh and starts on the Friday evening with storytelling from Tilly the Talespinner who weaves a web of story magic. There will be a documentary film charting the life and music of former Osibisa and Kete Warriors man Mac Tontoh including unseen interviews before an open mic session in the bar.

Nine-piece band Zong Zing All Stars from central Africa headline on the Saturday night playing Cavacha dance music with hints of the Soukous sound from the Democratic Republic of Congo and early Jamaican reggae.

Lovers of classical and opera singing can enjoy charismatic Chinese singer Duan Zhen Zhen and Samia Malik brings her new work Azaadi : Freedom, charting a narrative towards liberation to the festival.

Scenes from the Southburgh Music Festival 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher. Scenes from the Southburgh Music Festival 2016. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Kilamonjambo will play an infectious mix of Ska, funk and reggae while soprano singer Emma Nuule will open the main stage with original British rock band The Hemingways and Flaming June, aka award winning songwriter Louise Eatock.

The fringe festival stage on the Saturday is headlined by Zaramo who will be bringing their Balkan songs and rhythms, while The Old Stuff band will add a touch of bossa nova and Latin American tunes, The Mahatmas bring some psychedelia to the festival and the Doohickies are playing an unplugged set.

Workshops will include Bodhran, African, and Samba drumming, Urdu, hip hop, rap and Mbira singing, and Balkan and Zimbabwean dance workshops.

An incredible range of food from around the world will be available including Caribbean, Indian, African, French, English and Italian.

Anna Mudeka. Picture: Matthew Usher. Anna Mudeka. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Proceeds from a licensed bar will go to the Mudeka Foundation who will be donating the money to schools and feeding projects in Zimbabwe.

Norwich global village will also be managing craft stalls in the small barn at the festival which will also include work by residents of Southburgh and beyond.

Festival organiser Anna Mudeka said: “Our aim is to bring a slice of the world to the heart of Norfolk. It’s a wonderful space where people of all ages and nationalities can come and share experiences through music, theatre, food and crafts.”

A ticket and camping for the whole weekend costs £38, while a day ticket for the Saturday costs £18 for adults, £9 for children aged 6-13, and it is free for children under six years of age. Camping is available from 4pm Friday to midday Sunday, with gates opening from 9.30am on the Saturday and events starting on the day from 11am.

To find out more about the festival and to buy tickets for the weekend go to the website here or call 01362 822194 or 07879 493843.

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