Dancer Lucky Lartley. Photo: Shane Rozario

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A highlight of the multicultural arts event calendar, this weekend the African Rhythm & Roots Festival will showcase the sounds, sights, tastes and spirit of West Africa.

The Festival is launching for the first time in Sydney thanks to the efforts of the West Africa Festival Inc (WAF), a not for profit organisation which has been promoting and celebrating the rich and diverse African and African-Australian culture in Sydney for six years running.

“We are thrilled to be bringing back such a vibrant and unique cultural festival with a brand new look,” said Rachel Bangoura, Festival Director of WAF. “It will be a thrilling and fun event for the whole family.”

Rachel’s excitement for the event is palpable: “There will be many interactive activities for children including a kids drumming workshop, face painting and some great African craft activities in the Kidz Zone. For the adults, as well as a stellar line up of some of Australia’s finest African musicians, there are free interactive African drum and dance workshops.”

“There are a few highlights in the musical program including King Tide, who will join the line up with their Reggae beats. Afro Moses from Ghana will also grace the stage with his powerful vocals and colourful personality, and of course Keyim Ba who are taking Australian audiences by storm with their unique blend of traditional West African music, funk and African rap.”

In addition to live entertainment and activities, colourful artisan market stalls will offer a wide range of African textiles, arts and crafts, musical instruments and artefacts. (AM)

Nov 5, 12noon–9pm. Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville. $15-$25 ($5 for kids aged 3-12, kids under 3 are free). Tickets & info: www.westafricanfestival.com.au