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Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Barriers

Who: Afro Moses
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Saturday June 19, 2004

THE last time AFRO MOSES performed in Newcastle he had to turn away more than 100 punters.

The Ghana-born musician's show at the GALLIPOLI LEGION CLUB in December was a sell- out success and forced him to move his next event to a larger venue.

``We had to turn people away because it was sold out, so a lot of people couldn't come and they were very disappointed,'' Moses said.

He will perform at the CAMBRIDGE HOTEL on Saturday night along with his eight dancers and musicians.

Moses said the show would be a wonderful experience for people of all ages and would feature a special appearance by Newcastle-based breakdance crew ATOM BREAKERS. Combining modern elements of music and dance with African traditions has remained a strong focus for Moses throughout his career.

Moses started playing music during his early school years and has since mastered 14 different instruments.

`Many years ago, African radio stations were playing a lot of foreign music but it has become more balanced lately,'' he said.

``Even though they listen to American rap, they use their own traditional instruments and add some rapping to make it modern.'' Breaking down barriers is something Moses has done since he found success in the 80s.

After taking Ghana by storm, he travelled to Denmark and went on to share the stage with the likes of ZIGGY MARLEY, ANGELIQUE KIDJO and YOUSSOU N'DOUR. He continues to perform across Scandinavia, Africa and Australia with his band MOSES O'JAH. Afro Moses will perform at the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday from 8pm.

Tickets cost $18 and bookings can be made on 4962 2459.

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