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Festival of world music

PUBLISHED: 11:28 17 July 2010 | UPDATED: 14:51 02 August 2010

Anna Mudeka, Zimbabwean singer, dancer and drummer, is staging her second international music festival near Watton later this month.

Anna Mudeka, Zimbabwean singer, dancer and drummer, is staging her second international music festival near Watton later this month.

World Music in Southburgh at Burton Manor Barns is on Saturday July 31, noon-10pm.

Anna will be selling t-shirts, calendars and intriguing banana ketchup on the day to raise money for the Mudeka Education Project, supporting orphans at Rugare Primary School, Zimbabwe.

The day is going to be fun filled with performances and workshops all through the day from Bangra dance, Salsa dance, Samba drumming and circus workshops.

Kasaï Masaï from London is headlining the festival.

It is named after the river Kasai is the Congo.

Based in London and led by percussionist, singer and dancer Nickens Nkoso, Kasaï Masaï performs the traditional sounds of the most remote equatorial villages with an urban twist.

The band plays ancestral music which has been passed on from generation to generation and is rooted in the healing power of percussion and chanting combined with the sound of the Congolese folk guitar. The saxophone and an MC have been added to bring a new element to the music - essential urban groves from Kinshasa.

Other acts on the days include Jugnu Bhangra dance group from Essex, United Reggae Band from Ipswich, Black Sharks, Front Porch and Horse's Brawl from Norfolk.

There will also be stalls selling African crafts, Chinese lanterns, hand made Jewellery, handbags, sweets and books. Caribbean and Philippine food, beers by Elm Tree brewery and tea and cakes by Southburgh Church volunteers will be on offer.

Anna said: “This year we have really gone to town and booked a brilliant line up to follow last year's successful event. Both adults and children will have a lot of fun and help raise money for a really good cause in Zimbabwe.”

Awards for All, Breckland Council, Norfolk County Council and Cranworth Farm Services are supporting World Music in Southburgh.

Tickets for World Music in Southburgh are £12 (£5 under 12 and under fives free). Workshops are £5 per workshop for adults and £4 for children. Tel. 01362 822194, email info@annamudeka.co.uk The event is being staged at Burton Manor Barns, Cranworth Road, Southburgh, IP25 7SU, www.annamudeka.co.uk.

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