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BEMAC LIVE - The Afro Frequency Tour

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Australia’s most celebrated African artists live on stage

Prolific Senegalese performer Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, together with iconic Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai, will be hitting Australian stages with their co-headline 'Afro Frequency Tour' this summer!

BEMAC is proud to present the only Brisbane show on Saturday, February 17 at Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo Point. Tickets are now on sale.

The Afro Frequency Tour launches BEMAC's exciting new live music series BEMAC LIVE and will showcase two of Australia's most celebrated neo-traditional African artists.

"The Afro Frequency Tour will explore powerful messages of transcending borders and social equality, while presenting music from Lamine Sonko & The African intelligence's new album, Afro Empire (nominated for The Age Music Vic Awards), and Ajak Kwai's critically acclaimed new album, Of Cows, Women and War," said BEMAC Director Evan Alexander.

Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence burst onto the Australian music scene in 2014, with a crowd-stopping performance to over 50,000 people at Federation Square in Melbourne.


Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence live in Melbourne 2014 from Beaver on the Beats on Vimeo.

Fronted by the charismatic Lamine Sonko, one of Australia's most celebrated African artists, the 10-piece ensemble captures the explosive rhythms of African roots and soul music, reggae, jazz and afro-beat.

The youngest of 17 children, Lamine was brought up in a renowned family of musicians and dancers in Senegal, and was destined to be on the stage. Starting his world travels as a professional artist at the age of 14, Lamine now lives in Melbourne.

A captivating performer, Lamine sings, dances, plays guitar and a variety of African drums. He is also widely regarded for modernising West African music while maintaining the essence of its ancient sounds and stories and is a leading educator of West African culture.

Ajak Kwai is a musician and storyteller of exceptional depth. A former refugee, she arrived in Australia 19 years ago. Singing in Arabic, Dinka, Sudanese and English, Ajak's music is inspiring and soulful, infused with funky afro-bears that represent the depth and richness of her South Sudanese roots. Her performances are filled with vibrant sounds and her distinctive voice has mesmerised audiences nationally and internationally.

Ajak was born in Bor in South Sudan. When the militia descended upon her Upper Nile village, she lost her father, two brothers, two nieces and several cousins. Her village was wiped out. Fortunately, Ajak had already fled to the city with her uncle.

For Ajak, music is the vehicle that carries her extraordinary stories of life as a refugee, exiled from her homeland and her family; her inspiring tales of hope, freedom, love and cows – beloved animals of the Dinka.


Be blown away by Australia's most celebrated African artists live on one single stage.

Held at Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC), 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point on Saturday 17 February, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Tickets are $25 Full Price and $20 Concession. Book now through Eventbrite. Early bookings are advised as places are limited.

For more information on this exciting live music event in Brisbane, please visit www.bemac.org.au

Notes:

  • Multiple free off-street parking available at QMC.

  • Catch the City Hopper from the city for free to Holman Street in Kangaroo Point and take a short stroll to QMC, under the Story Bridge.

  • Bar and food will be available.
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    When: Saturday, 17 February 2018, Doors open at 6.30 for performance to begin at 7pm.
    Where: Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
    Cost: Tickets $20 Concession / $25 Full Price from Eventbrite
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