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Music Editorial

harambee17.jpg Make a beeline for this festival

The glorious Harambee Pasadia festival is back in Barnard Castle this May for four days and three nights of the best in Afro-beat, jazz, reggae, funk and Latin sounds (and so much more besides).

This very family-friendly festival is now in its fifth year and set to feature a multitude of artists including the likes of Sekou Keita, Black Voices, Hannabiell and Midnight Blue (that’s Hannabiel and Yilis del Carmen Suriel, the festival organisers, pictured), Ahjah UK, Backyard Rhythm Orchestra and the Afro Fusion Ceilidh Band. As mentioned above, the festival offers so much more than live performances with plenty of workshops and other activities such as BMX, high rope, canoeing, paddle-boarding and wood carving all available. Workshops will include West African drumming with djembe master Sekou Keita, salsa dancing, African step dancing, samba drumming, hip-hop dancing, and so much more. The party will also be kept going by a whole host of DJs including Tom Caulker (from World Headquarters), Volta 45, ZerodB, Hot Sauce and Common Unity Soundsystem. The festival aims to encourage unity and bring people from diverse backgrounds together, bridging the culture gap through performances, workshops and the shared experience of afro-fusion music and dance. Hannabiell: “The vision of the festival is to create a community and network of artists, thinkers, activists, community leaders and volunteers than can come together, inspire one another and work together in a sustainable way.”

Harambee Pasadia, 5pm Friday 26 May to 11am Monday 29 May, The HUB, Barnard Castle, County Durham, £22-£85 (under 5s free and family tickets also available). Full info including camping details: harambeepasadia.com