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Maia @ ORT Cafe

Maia webpicAUTUMN SERIES 2015

Friday 25th September

Maia von Lekow
ORT Cafe

500-504 Moseley Road

Birmingham B12 9AH


Entry £5
Maia brings a dynamic new colour to Kenya’s contemporary musical landscape. Born and raised in Nairobi to a German/Italian mother and Kenyan father, Maia’s unique heritage is combined into a fresh sound weaving jazz, funk, folk & blues all sprinkled with swahili spice.

_MG_6136a-v1-loA traveller at heart, Maia has lived and performed in Berlin, Melbourne & Dublin. Since returning to Kenya in 2007, Maia has established her current live act, a high-energy 6-piece band that has been making waves throughout East Africa, gracing the stages of prominent festivals across Africa.

To hear Maia please click here:


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Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2015



Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham and partners have a full and diverse programme of events involving local, national and international artists.  Each year in June we present a World Music and Arts Festival to showcase the contribution of refugee artists and artists from areas of conflict around the world


North-Korean-TrikhonSat 13th June  – Refugee Week Launch event at ORT Cafe with Trikhon Theatre Plus Spoken Work and Music with members of the Redeemed, Writers Without Borders and guest poets.

8pm – entry £5  


Sun 14th June –  Seun Kuti at The Drum, Aston The youngest son of international legend Fela Kuti, brings his father’s sixteen piece funk fuelled orchestra, to The Drum. 8pm – entry £10.50 – £15

Wed 17th June – Afro Mio at Stone RoadPerformance by Afro Mio for residents at Stone Road Initial Accommodation for Asylum Seekers.

Fri 19th June – Afro Mio at Jazzlines – Symphony Hall Foyer 5pm (Free entry)


Stella Chiweshe and her MbiraFri 19th June –  Stella Chiweshe and Afro Mio at Ort Cafe, Moseley Road

Zimbabwean Shona Mbira artist Stella Chiweshe plus Afro Mio Stella Chiweshe 8pm, Afro Mio 9pm – entry £5  



Sun 21st June – Celebrating Sanctuary Festival at MAC Birmingham

A full day of activities, workshops and live performances including:

  • Kadialy Kouyate – From a great line of Kouyate griots in Senegal, Kadialy’s spellbinding blend of kora and voice has been welcomed in many prestigious venues around the world
  • The Redeemed – Birmingham- based group with members hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their music reflects their heritage and creates a beautiful and soulful performance.
  • Harare – fronted by the exuberance and charisma of Zimbabwean singer and marimbist Kudaushe Matimba.
  • Hassan Salih Nour – Sudanese singer and musician – a talented and captivating performer.

2-8pm (This is a FREE event for all the family)

Wed 24th June – The Redeemed at BE Festival

Celebrating Sanctuary in partnership with BE Festival present a live performance by Didier Kisala and members of The Redeemed

Sat 27th June – Yabba Funk at Muzikstan

Celebrating Sanctuary in partnership with Muzikstan present London based, Ghanaian Afro funk band Yabba Funk plus DJ’s 8pm – The Old Print Works – Moseley Rd£6 early bird – £8 advance- £10 on the door  

For more information on Festival events please click here

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CSB Festival 2015 coming soon…….

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Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2015

Coming soon to venues across Birmingham

Activities and events happening throughout Refugee Week (June 15-21)

With a FREE Family Event on Sunday 21 June at MAC

Plus events happening throughout the Summer

Watch this space for details of events and artists performing





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Namvula @ Ort Cafe Sat 25th April


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“… one of the most original newcomers of the year” The Guardian

Saturday 25th April – 7.30pm

ORT Cafe

500-504 Moseley Road, Birmingham B12 9AH

 £5 entry

Fusing the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland and her Scottish roots with London’s eclectic music scene, Namvula blends African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music transports listeners into different worlds, whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.

Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi-award winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitarist Anoushka Shankar. She is working with some of the UK’s most respected African, jazz and folk musicians, including Mercury-nominated Led Bib bassist and producer Liran Donin and saxophonist Chris Williams, percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal, Carlou D), and guitarist Jack Ross (Cerys Matthews, John Surman). Her evocative and dynamic live show is enthusiastically received by audiences; the performances bring the energy and rhythms of African music, the lyricism of folk, and the charisma of a world-class band to intimate venues and festival stages alike, and have been described as “absolutely fantastic – lively and life-affirming”, and “vibrant – a cultural pleasure”, delivered with “infectious enthusiasm”.

Namvula’s debut album ‘Shiwezwa’, produced by bassist Liran Donin and mixed by Sonny (Fatoumata Diawara), was tipped to be “one of the major roots releases in the coming months” by fRoots magazine.

To hear Namvula please click here:

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Afro Mio @ Ikon 26th Sun April

Afro Mio

Afro Mio

Sunday 26th April – 3pm

Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Street, Brindley Place,Birmingham B1 2HS

Free Entry (donations greatly received)

Following on from an exhibition by Angolan Artist Nastio Mosquito Ikon Gallery will be hosting an afternoon of music with Afro Mio founded by Angolan singer songwriter Ben Pathy.

Ben Pathy is a singer, author and composer from Angola, specialising in traditional African music, Rumba, Soukous, Kizomba and Salsa. He started his professional career in 1979 as a choir director. He has recorded two solo albums (Felicidade Igual, 1996 and Destino Incerto, 1999) and has performed internationally. Ben is one of the founder members of Afro Mio, which means “My Africa”.

Afro Mio is a harmonious blend of rich vocals borne on a wave of rhythmic conga and melodious African guitar. Over the last 3 years Afro Mio have performed extensively across the Midlands at venues such as MAC, Symphony Hall, Four Squares Festival in Birmingham City Centre, Journeys Festival in Leicester and many more. Ben has also been involved with a number of collaborations with other artists, including percussionist Joelle Baker and Kora player Dan Wilkins, who joins them at this event.

Charming, engaging and beautiful, this is music to enrich the soul.

To hear Afro Mio please click here:

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Coming This Spring………


Watch this space for an exciting series of events over the coming months.

Our Spring Programme at ORT Cafe kicks off on Saturday 21st February

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ORT Cafe

The Old Print Works

500-504 Moseley Road

Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9AH

21st February - 7.30pm - Tickets £5

MUHA – Eastern European Contemporary Folk

Combining the melodic beauty of Eastern European folklore, North Indian Kathak rhythms, Cuban beats and original lyrics Muha mesmerise with a musical feast rooted in the Slavonic tradition but cultured from the world. Formed in 2004 MUHA offers an enthralling fusion of Slavonic-rooted music enhanced with rhythms and global folklore narratives.

To hear MUHA please click here


More events coming up:

Friday 27 March 2015 Celebrating Sanctuary @ Flatpack Festival (The Bond) 8.30pm

Saturday 28 March 2015  Muntu Valdo & Didier Kisala from The Redeemed (Cafe ORT) 7.30pm

Saturday 25 April Namvula (ORT Cafe) 7.30pm

Sunday 26 April Afro Mio (Ikon Gallery) 3.00pm



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