HOW DOES AFRICA SHAPE THE WESTERN WORLD?
Africa Utopia explores where the continent can lead the world, including the role of music and theatre,
sustainable technologies and the spirit of innovation and hope of the continent’s young people.
Senegalese singer and human rights champion Baaba Maal leads a council of elders of international musicians,
artists, writers and activists in a three-week cultural summit, to show what Africa has to offer the world.
Taking the imagery of a traditional African village as a forum, 30 young people will be invited to discuss some of the world's pressing problems, using examples of groundbreaking projects in Africa to suggest solutions. The Royal Festival Hall
will be at the heart of the village with a wide range of music, theatre, dance, talks and debates.
Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. In addition to acoustic guitar, he also plays percussion. He has released several albums, both for independent and major labels.
In July 2003, he was made a UNDP Youth Emissary.
Africa Utopia is produced with support from Arts Council England. Part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World.
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