Kanda Bongo Man impresses at Norfolk’s Southburgh Festival of World Music

Southburgh Festival of World Music 2013. Photo: Neil Tweddle

Southburgh Festival of World Music 2013. Photo: Neil Tweddle - Credit: Archant

There was dancing and singing in the rain as the sound of samba echoed across mid-Norfolk this weekend.

The Southburgh Festival of World Music was held for the fifth year from Friday to today.

Held in the village near Dereham, the three-day event saw festival-goers enjoy live music from Brazil, Cuba, Senegal, Zimbabwe and the UK, free workshops and massages as well as eclectic food options.

Music-lovers basked in sunshine for most of the event but even when the evening rain and wind came, it did not dampen their spirits.

People danced in the downpours as headline act Kanda Bongo Man made his first appearance in Norfolk with his eight piece band on Saturday.


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The Congolese singer is known as the man who put kwassa kwassa music, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the world map.

As with previous years, the festival will raised money for the Mudeka Foundation - a charity set up to help AIDS orphans and disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe with an opportunity for an education.

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Organiser Anna Mudeka, 35, who set up the foundation and took to the stage herself today as part of the Anna Mudeka Band, said: 'It's all gone really well and everyone's been really chilled out. Kanda Bongo Man was just amazing. When he played, it was a full house and people were dancing in the rain. He was very generous with his time and stayed on stage for 90 minutes rather than just an hour. It was a beautiful finish to Saturday.'

Other highlights included workshops in pottery making, salsa dance, African drumming, Mazeak making, t-shirt printing, Zulu dancing, Mbira Singing, yoga and Tai Chi.

Meanwhile, people enjoyed Moroccan, Spanish, Italian/American and Caribbean delights and locally produced burgers and hotdogs. There was also a healing area run by the Orange grove clinic and, for the first time, a babies and toddlers' play area.

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