International flavours will abound as the Southburgh Festival of World Music returns to Norfolk village

Musician and arts project pioneer Anna Mudeke. Picture: Ian Burt Musician and arts project pioneer Anna Mudeke. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, April 17, 2014
7:52 AM

Music, food and flavours from across the globe will set the tone as the sixth Southburgh Festival of World Music returns in a blaze of colour to an otherwise quiet corner of Norfolk later this year.

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Southburgh Festival of World Music 2013. Photo: Neil TweddleSouthburgh Festival of World Music 2013. Photo: Neil Tweddle

Soul singer Myles Sanko, Irish band Murphy’s Lore, folk band Farlanders and Klezmer band Horo Trio are just some of the acts already confirmed for the hugely popular family-friendly event at Southburgh, near Dereham, on August 2.

Organiser Anna Mudeka, who will also perform with her band at the one-day festival, is urging families and world music fans alike to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

She said: “The festival has been growing in popularity every year, so it’s no surprise that people are snapping up tickets early.

“Last year’s festival was a great success and we are really excited by this year’s line-up too – there’s going to be a fantastic blend of world class acts and a huge variety of workshops and activities on offer as well.” Myles Sanko, who has just released his popular debut album Born in Black and White, is expected to captivate the audience with his soaring voice and ability to get everyone on the dance floor. Other big-hitting headliners are expected to be announced over the coming weeks.

Southburgh Festival of World Music 2013. Photo: Neil TweddleSouthburgh Festival of World Music 2013. Photo: Neil Tweddle

African drumming, pottery painting, belly dancing, circus skills, wood carving and salsa dance make up just some of the workshops and activities being lined up, along with a play area for toddlers.

Proceeds from bar sales on the day will go to The Mudeka Foundation – a charity set up by Anna to help disadvantaged children in her home town of Muda, in Zimbabwe.

The singer and performer will be visiting Zimbabwe next month to check on the progress of a foundation-funded school building project.

She said: “The charity is having a big impact on the lives of children in Muda, so it’s fantastic to let ticket-buyers know that they are really making a difference.”

Tickets cost £20 with overnight camping and a fried breakfast the next day. Day tickets cost £15 for adults and £7 for children aged six to 16. Younger children go free. For more information on the festival, ticket details and payment options, visit the website www.southburghfestival.com.

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