Event Review: African Culture Redefined at Africa Nouveau Festival 2019
The three-day event in Kenya saw a mega line-up of great performances across Africa ranging from Kenya’s Hart the Band to South Africa’s Sho Madjozi. The event was majorly art-themed which showcased African culture in a different perspective.
This year’s theme at Africa Nouveau particularly stood out as digital artworks were brought to life and were showcased in physical form reflecting on African socialism and culture.
Speaking to Bazil Ngode, the festival’s art director expounded on this year’s art theme, ‘We really wanted to move from just making dope artworks to making dope, physical artworks and therefore had to collaborate with a number of people from as far as Europe’.
An old lady with sunglasses was displayed at the entrance with a mythical creature, a pyramid stage and the Bamileke tribe artworks touching base on all corners at the festival.
Sho Madjozi, Karun, Hart the Band, Chief & the Marshalls and the Kaya Collective was but a taste of artists slated to perform at Africa Nouveau over the 72-hour music event.
Hart the Band and Madjozi particularly gave jaw-dropping performances on Saturday leaving many begging for more.
Deejays at the event included the mystical masked DJ Basthma, Suraj & Max Doblhoff and DJ Vidza among others who kept the party live and loud. Before his performance, DJ Basthma had this to say, ‘Being here with such a beautiful audience is just but a blessing! Guys are going over and above when it comes to these performances.’
Take Aways from Africa Nouveau
Ngong Racecourse was definitely a great choice of location as it was accommodative to everyone having the much needed ambience for the experience.
Having a strict ‘no food from outside’ policy, event organizers definitely ensured there was more than enough vendors stationed at every angle to cater for the audience’s needs all through!
Availability of a maze was a fun way of ‘solving mysteries’ with a virtual reality game also stationed for individuals who simply wanted to take a break from the music and play. The game was however not available for a good while.
A cashless event and provision of camping was something new this year. In a media launch, Muthoni Drummer Queen attributed this to those people who neither wanted to go home after dark nor pay for a taxi and it definitely worked the magic.
Kudos Africa Nouveau for a worthwhile event!