By Richard Wright
Friday, July 6, 2012
Rhythm tree - Krar collective. Credit Jason Crawfurd
MUSIC ORGANISERS of the Rhythmtree Festival are celebrating a major victory — striking ‘gold’ ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.The main stage of the Island’s boutique festival will burst into colour and African rhythms later this month with the appearance of Krar Collective — premiering their BT River of Sound performance.Organiser Gerry Priddle said: “We booked Krar Collective back in January for our Sunday stage and a few months ago their manager phoned to ask for a change of date to Saturday. “He couldn’t give too many details but indicated it was to do with a major world music event being organised as part of the build up to the Olympic Games. “Then the message came through Krar had been selected to showcase the music of the Horn of Africa and the Olympic organisers had given permission for the whole show to be premiered at the Rhythmtree.”The original three-piece band will be joined by eight singers and dancers from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti to provide a display of the music, dance and culture of the area. The Saturday, July 21, main stage will now be the highlight of the weekend with Krar joining top Afrobeat big band Yaaba Funk, Hungarian jaw harp, beatbox and didge players AIRTist, Congo Dia Ntotila, who are preparing for an African tour, percussionist Pete Lockett, Bundu Boy Kadousha Matimba and his new jit jive band Harare, and the award-winning zydeko band Elvis Fontenot and the Sugar Bees.Gerry said: “We are very pleased the Rhythmtree has gained the reputation of being the Island’s most friendly and relaxed festival and we are confident that people of all ages who attend will have a great weekend and, hopefully, dance to some of the most upbeat world music performances to be found at any event this summer.”Weekend and day tickets are at www.rhythmtree.info or at Strings in Ryde, Music Central, Newport, Ventnorian in Ventnor and Wight Outdoors in Freshwater.Reporter: firstname.lastname@example.org
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