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Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and Africa Oye join forces to bring Dur-Dur Band to Liverpool


Legendary Somali disco-funk act Dur-Dur Band head to Liverpool on Friday 20 May thanks to a new partnership between two city music festivals and Liverpool Philharmonic.

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival – the UK’s premier annual Arab arts and culture festival celebrating 20 years in the city – and Africa Oye – the UK’s largest free festival of African and Caribbean music and culture, celebrating 30 years in 2022 – have come together to encourage the celebration of music. 

The rediscovery of Dur-Dur Band, a Somali supergroup of the 80s, came from the reissue of their music on cult labels Awesome tapes from Africa and Analog Africa.

Championed by music maestro Gilles Peterson, the stalwarts of the Mogadishu disco scene found a new generation of music fans from around the globe.

The group disbanded in the early 90s as Somalia plunged into civil war.

They were unable to continue playing in their city and scattered abroad. Now, Dur-Dur are a time capsule, transporting audiences to the 1980s and the legendary Hotel Juba with their unique brand of Somalian disco-funk and psych.

Dur-Dur Band

Credit: Dur-Dur Band

The latest incarnation of this celebrated outfit have breathed new life into the legend of Dur-Dur Band and remain as captivating and unmissable as ever before.

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is an annual event, part of a year-round programme celebrating Arab art and culture. This year’s festival takes place Thursday 7 – Sunday 17 July 2022.

Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest celebration of African music and culture.  2022 sees  Oyé celebrate its 30th anniversary, with a programme of events surrounding the milestone festival in June.

Dur-Dur Band

Credit: Dur-Dur Band

The Africa Oyé festival will take place on June 18th and 19th 2022, in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm til 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE.

Book tickets to see Dur-Dur Band here.

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