Richmond plays host to free world music festival

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Richmond plays host to free world music festival
18th August 2016

Richmond Riverside is set to spring to life with global sounds of music and dance in a two-day world music festival.

On the Edge, produced by Richmond Art Service, features live performances that will transport audiences to the far-flung regions of the globe, bringing attendees traditional beats and exotic summer sounds.

On Saturday, 20 August, audiences can go on a journey with Sambossa, a Latin Jazz band, with a wide ranging repertoire guaranteed to get the party started. This is followed by Circus Raj, a "super group" of Rajasthan's elite street circus performers from this fascinating region's legendary entertainment communities.

The Sugar Kings will be presenting a journey through Cuba's musical history, from Son to Guaracha to Bolero to Cha Cha Cha.

Sunday, 21st, will have Kindred Spirit, a distinctive prog folk rock band. The sound is laced with jogs, reels and dueling improvisations.

The Flamenco show starts at 2pm, bringing a fusion of traditional and modern flamenco.

This will be followed by the Eel Pie Pirates, an acoustic bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic and pirate songs by the riverside.

Later on is KASAI MASAI. Written in Swahili, Lingala and Kimongo, Kasai Masai’s lyrics portray the cultural diversity of Congo where more than 400 languages are spoken.

Womad Festival said: "Kasai Masai successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor this is the sound of the old and new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa…"

Councillor Meena Bond, Cabinet Member for Arts, Culture and Sport, added: "This is another great festival in our summer of great festivals.

"The world music focus means there will be something for everyone and this this one is shaping up to be the best summer event yet! I hope to see lots of residents enjoying the shows."

On the Edge 2016 runs this weekend, Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 August, 1pm-7pm on Richmond Riverside.

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