Melbourne’s annual African festival of art, music, culture and food is back this April

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Melbourne’s annual African festival of art, music, culture and food is back this April

Words by Noah Redfern

On Saturday April 1, Sounds of Africa Festival is returning to Coburg Lake, bringing together some of Naarm/Melbourne’s most respected artists and community members.

Since 2015, Sounds of Africa festival has been known as Australia’s most authentic African cultural experience.

Unfortunately due to the state of the world, the festival hasn’t taken place at full capacity since 2019, with a smaller version of the festival in 2022, so this year’s event is bound to be an occasion not to be missed.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

It will be an all-ages event, with children and families recommended. Children under 10-years-old are also granted free entry. A welcoming opportunity for all to be immersed and inspired by African culture, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

The lineup features the iconic drummer Bouba and his band Ausecuma Beats, Nhatty Man (a household name in Ethiopia), afro-pop singer Lowkey from Nigeria, Ras Jahknow, Akosia from Ghana, and many more from around Naarm and Africa. Read up on the full lineup here.

Two stages of amazing African DJs will also be playing, featuring mixes of afro-house, afrobeat, bikutsi, kizomba, zouk, amapiano, reggae, ndombolo, mbala, kwaito, and dancehall. Dancing shoes are recommended.

Iconic African BBQ stall Zuya will be returning, along with Taste of Senegal. An arts and crafts market, African games corner, movies, fashion and much more African culture will be at Coburg Lake April 1, running all day from 10am to 10pm.

“It’s amazing,” prominent artist N’fa explained, “even if you are not playing, you want to go and hang out because there is always a great vibe and good people there.”

Tickets are available through the Sounds of Africa website.