Visitors Enjoy African Culture

The African Festa 2008 attracted thousands of visitors to the beautiful city of Yokohama. At Red Brick warehouse, visitors could sample African foods and drinks from the many booths set up, and learn a little about African culture in general. As well as talks and exhibitions, there were a number of excellent live acts which were enjoyed immensely by all.

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African Festa 2008

The Yokohama African Festa of 2008 took place from the end of May till the 1st of June to coincide with the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD 4. The event was organised to promote relations between Japan and Africa and was deemed a great success, with representatives from Gabon and Madagascar guests of honour at the opening ceremony with Prime Minister Fukada.


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Great Reception For Music and Dance Acts

There were a number of world class acts, including Sekou 'Bembaye' Diabete, also known as 'Diamond Fingers' who performed a number of his songs including Bitouman. Africa Sunu Xelcom also took to the stage and were a great hit, with their traditional African drums and instruments and fantastic sense of humour, which transcended cultures and saw the crowd joining in with the laughs. Talented Japanese dance troupe Mocha performed traditional Ethiopian dance to Ethiopian guragigna music, wearing full Ethiopian costume and were a great favourite with the friendly, mixed crowd. From African representatives to those who had stalls and booths, to Japanese visitors, everyone appeared to be having a great time joining in, dancing and clapping.

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This lovely city, overlooking Yokohama Bay, was the perfect setting for an event of the calibre of the 2008 African Festa. It was an important step in allowing Japanese citizens to learn more about Africa, as well as in cementing relations between the two. With many African countries represented, such as Madagascar, Gabon, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Malawi just a small number of the many countries who sent visitors to Japan to represent them at the African Festa 2008.