Prepare to party at BT River of Music – the Africa Stage

Some of the greatest stars of African music will join emerging new voices to create an incredible weekend of live music that will keep you up and dancing each day from midday into the evening at the BT River of Music – the Africa Stage.

The music festival will take place on 21st and 22nd July 2012 at London Pleasure Gardens in Docklands, near London City Airport. That’s the place to bring your dancing shoes and party.


Shingai Shoniwa

Super band Staff Benda Bilili will collaborate with Zao bridging a gap much bigger than the few miles of Congo River that separates their respective hometowns of Kinshasa and Brazzaville.

Guitar maestro and international phenomenon King Sunny Ade will take to the stage in a project produced by the British Council.

Indie-rock band The Noisettes will be heard as never before, with Shingai Shoniwa exploring her Zimbabwean heritage in collaboration with singers from across Southern Africa. Veteran singer Angelique Kidjo from Benin will be backed by the Manchester World Voices Choir.

Ace guitarist Justin Adams (Robert Plant, Tinariwen) will bring The Invisible Republic of JuJu with guest artists from across North Africa while the Senegalese master Baaba Maal, who is hosting the Africa Utopia festival at the Southbank Centre, will close the stage on Saturday night.

Many more artists will be announced soon.

Doors will open at 11:00 am, and the party will kick off each day from midday until dusk.  

The Africa Stage at BT River of Music is produced by Serious in partnership with the Southbank Centre.

Suzi Williams, director, BT Group Marketing and Brand, said: “As a Premier Partner of the London 2012 Festival, we understand that London 2012 is about more than sport – it’s about people experiencing the amazing atmosphere the Games will bring to the capital and creating their personal Olympic and Paralympic memories. Through BT River of Music we’ll be giving people a fantastic and free London 2012 experience.”
BT River of Music is part of the London 2012 Festival. It is supported by National Lottery Funds through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England and is produced by Serious.

Tickets for BT River of Music are free, but there will be a small fee of £3 per ticket towards ticketing and administration costs. Tickets are available at

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