From lively jazz festivals and international music events to mesmerising religious ceremonies, these are the African performances well worth watching...
A highlight of any visit to Sudan is a Friday performance by ‘dervishes’ at Sheikh Hamad-al Nil’s tomb in Omdurman, near Khartoum – an age-old tradition related to Sufism.
This contemporary three-day music festival, staged alongside Lake Malawi, celebrated its 15th year in 2018. Watch out for dates and acts for 2019; expect Malawian and international musical performers and dancers.
Voodoo is a part of everyday life in Benin, and this wild festival in Ouidah (in January) showcases the ceremonies surrounding the magic.
Africa’s best jazz exposition showcases the continent’s finest performers alongside an array of international talent for performances in the atmospheric river city of Saint Louis, northern Senegal, each April.
Epiphany (19 January) is celebrated across Ethiopia, as Tabots – replicas of the Ark of the Covenant – are paraded amid ecstatic crowds. Addis Ababa, Gondar and Lalibela are all good places to catch it.
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