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African Music And Rhythm Celebrated

African Music And Rhythm Celebrated

Who: Afro Moses
Where: Newcastle Panthers
When: Saturday September 11, 2004

A CELEBRATION of African music and culture will take the stage at NEWCASTLE PANTHERS next weekend.

The all-ages event promises to be a night filled with colour, music, dance, costumes and energy as it presents the beauty and rhythms of Africa.

To be held on Saturday, September 11, the event will feature seven international and local bands.

Headlining the event will be AFRO MOSES with MOSES O'JAH, an 11-piece band.

Organiser KATJA BAIDOO said Moses would present a special segment for children which would provide hands-on fun with traditional African instruments.

She said he would also teach dance steps and share classic stories from West Africa.

Joining Moses at the event will be JIVE KAYANA, a seven-piece group from South Africa, MOHATA, a four-piece traditional sizzling percussion group from Guinea and hip hop act PHAT CHEEBA. It will also feature GOREE PERCUSSION, an energetic percussion and dance group from Senegal, Sudanese group ASIM ATTEYEB, and fire eater, percussionist and dancer EDDIE TUTU. The night will end with a massive jam featuring all the performers.

Imagery of Africa's stunning landscapes will be shown on the club's big screens and prizes will be awarded throughout the night.

Baidoo said she aimed to see the festival become an annual event.

``This is truly a one-off opportunity to see such a unique and dynamic festival, a first for Newcastle and the Central Coast,'' Baidoo said.

``It is a highly interactive night. Dance, party and celebrate your life with family and friends the African way.'' Tickets are on sale from Newcastle Panthers at $20 per person or $12 for children under 15.

Bookings can be made on 4926 th2700.

Doors open at 6.15pm and the show starts at 7pm sharp.

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