juni 04-2012 | SkandikAfrik | Culture

Gothenburg had a taste of Africa through music, dance, open market and children program in Avenue, the business district of Gothenburg. The theme of the second African market place was to promote culture, music and exchange of values.

   African market place was also a melting point for all Africans to experience what they had missed or wish to have in a traditional African style like Open market whereby individuals display their African wares for sales. It also gives special opportunity to buy African products like beads, bags and handcrafted materials.

In the African market place the concert which lasted for six hours with music from Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Congo, and Sweden were featured with artist like:

Solo Cissokho; Senegalese descendant and a BBC world music award winner, who through his music has toured the whole world with his “Griot” story telling songs which originated from Senegal in West Africa. He sang with his sister Adama Cissokho in calm but sooth voice combined with special Kora string instrument.

Andre de Lang; From South Africa but based in Stockholm, Sweden. Andre through his strong and beautiful voice impressed the crowd with songs in his native language and English.

Mama Gumbo; She is AB F 2012 winner for cultural prize in Sweden. With her music, the crowds were able to swing left and right with a lift in one leg in a traditional Zimbabwean style.  

Härlanda Diskant Kör: They are young, talented and multilingual kids that sang in different languages under the leadership of Birgitta Manneström Mohlin.

Papa Theo; an experienced dance instructor with a combined roots from Ghana and Congo was on stage with his drum and excited the crowd by teaching them some dancing steps.

Sofi Hellborg; She was a beautiful complement to the show with her saxophone. Sofi has many years of experience as a saxophonist, singer and composer. She has lived many years in Africa but originally from Sweden.

Worthy to mention with great talent are 3DE, En hel enhet, Connected Dreams and The Afrovikingz, they all had great performance. The Edo Bumba production in conjunction with HBTQ festival and supported by Gothenburg city for culture brought Africa to the city of Sweden, through Music, open market and made the street a better place to be.

Below is the summary of the concert in Avenue, Gothenburg in short video and pictures. Watch the video, see the pictures and leave your comments.


        Watch some of the artists that performed at the concert



   Andre de Lang leading a song in his native African language


               African wares, beads in display for sales

    Papa Theo, entertaining the crowd with African dancing lesson

 Young, talented and energetic En hel Enhet group at the concert


               Solo and Adama Cissokho at their best

    Crowd having fun and learning some African dancing steps

                      Connected Dreams on stage



Edo Bumba band with Sofi Hellborg                Mama Gumbo at the concert



Some of the things for sale at the concert         Solo Cissokho entertaining the crowd




                           Afrovikingz dancing group

      Edo Bumba with Härlanda diskant Kör sang in different languages 



Photograph by; Katrin Nilsson and Stefan Surya Andersson

Text by; Kenneth Fagbe.






2012-06-07 06:35:06 | Rikard

Bra! Concept

I never knew Solo Cissokho was in Göteborg to play. I love to listen to him playing his Kora. It good African market is bringing people like this together. I will be looking forward to any of future event.

2012-06-06 21:40:16 | Edo Bumba

African Market Place

Nice work!

2012-06-06 17:36:23 | Stefan

Great initiatives

Good way of uniting all Africans and making people to see African culture in Sweden

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