Southburgh World Music Festival is bringing artists, music & food from all over the world to Norfolk.

The Zong Zing All Stars who will be headlining this year’s Southburgh Festival
The Zong Zing All Stars who will be headlining this year’s Southburgh Festival

This summer’s Southburgh World music festival is set to bring a wide range of music, artists, dance and food from all over the world to Norfolk, including 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.

This vibrant, colourful, and lively festival is taking place over the weekend of the 28th to 30th July, and is being held at the Burton Manor Barns, Southburgh, Norfolk, IP25 7SU.

The weekend begins on the Friday evening with storytelling in the barn from Tilly the Talespinner who weaves a web of story magic to fire the imagination and warm the heart, while 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.

The festival is very proud to have been able to book the 9 piece band  Zong Zing All Stars from Central Africa to headline on the Saturday night.  The band play Cavacha dance music and with their irrepressible rhythms and driving percussion, intricate guitars, sweet harmonies, and acrobatic dancers a joyful, uplifting and engaging performance is guaranteed. Add to this hints of the Soukous sound from the Democratic Republic of Congo and early Jamaican Reggae they are bound to have the audience up and dancing. Lovers of classical and opera singing are in for a treat as charismatic Chinese singer Duan Zhen Zhen will also be gracing the main stage shortly before Samia Malik brings her new work Azaadi : Freedom charting a narrative towards liberation to the festival before heading off on tour promoting her songs mostly sung in Urdu. Kilamonjambo will be propelling the audience to their feet with their infectious mix of Ska, funk and reggae while Soprano singer Emma Nuule will open the main stage at 5 pm, original British rock band The Hemingways will keep younger members of the crowd entertained , and Flaming June, aka award winning songwriter Louise Eatock complete Saturdays line up.

The fringe festival stage during the day on the Saturday includes a wide cross section of music from around the world. Headlining will be Zaramo who will be bringing their Balkan songs and rhythms to the festival, 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.

Latin music DJ John Soloman, who will also be running a salsa dance workshop will headline the stage and there will be a debut DJ set from Jay Hrtn.

Workshops will include Bodhran, African, and Samba drumming, Urdu, Hip Hop, Rap and Mbira  singing, and Balkan and Zimbabwean dance workshops. There will also be a circus workshop during the day as well.

An incredible range of food from around the world will be available including Caribbean, Indian, African, French, English and Italian food, The Chai Palace for specialist coffees, cake and chai  and there will also be delicious breakfasts served on Saturday and  Sunday mornings. A licensed bar will be operating over the weekend with proceeds going 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.

It is guaranteed once again to be a festival of fun for the whole family.

As festival organiser Anna Mudeka states ‘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’. She added that ‘It is an ideal setting for children to run around in, and to make new friends, while parents can either chill out or take part in the activities available, and maybe even discover your inner child again’.

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 6 years of age. Camping is available from 4 pm Friday to mid day Sunday, with gates opening from 9.30 am on the Saturday and events starting on the day from 11 am.

To find out more about the festival and to buy tickets for the weekend go to www.southburghfestival.co.uk  or call 01362 822194 or 07879 493843

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