Finding frequencies to connect Africans
Music festivals worldwide have become crucial spaces for artistic communities to gather and connect with other African musicians of the diaspora
March is a big month for music Down Under with a variety of festivals bringing amazing artists from across the globe to Australasia. South African-based Ghanaian musician Jojo Abot is enjoying a string of appearances at Perth Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, WOMADelaide and WOMAD New Zealand. In Melbourne, Abot was fired up by a dinner party connecting her with African-Australian poets, artists and musicians, illustrating the strong socio-political connection between the two countries. "There are young people who live in these spaces who are black, displaced and feeling disconnected from the continent," she says. "Having everyone in the same space that night was about reaffirming each other and letting each other know that their presence is felt. Minorities can come together to form a majority. This can be a source of support for one another. "The issues of inequality and hatred are universal. We need more spaces of community and love where humans flourish and nourish together." ...