Cambridge Folk Festival



MOKOOMBA, photography by SOFAM Milena Strange HR
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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Email: boxoffice@cambridge.gov.uk

Festival Description

The world renowned Festival features an eclectic mix of music of world-wide traditional and folk music. The immense range of what makes folk music so popular is how each culture is reflected in the wide-ranging genre of folk. Traditional and contemporary acts include American country, bluegrass, blues and roots, gospel, cajun, zydeco, jazz, world, klezmer and ceilidh to name a few. Since the festival celebrated its inaugural edition in the 1960s the line up has reflected the many changes in the music scene. The list of performers who have appeared reads like a who’s who and the Festival has been a launching pad for many now well known artists, singer songwriters and even the odd pop star.

Festival Dates July 25 - 28, 2013
Festival Links http://www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk/

Festival Events:

Artist feature 2013:
  • Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
    • Formed in 2007, Mokoomba is made up of six Zimbabwean dudes, hailing from Victoria Falls. The locals are part of a minority group, which speaks Tonga, different to the nation’s main languages. Yet their music has brought together so many disparate nationalities, in the players and in the songs, that the 2012 LP, Rising Tide, is a very African album.
      Mokoomba create a distinct hybrid of modern and traditional sounds, embracing Latin rhythms along the way. Lead singer Mathias Muzaza was born to Angolan and Zambian parents and gathered together the songs and sounds of southern Africa through his travels. Guitarist Trustworth Samende helps flesh out the music with lines reminiscent of Oliver Mtukudzi. Abundance Matori is on bass, Donald Moyo is on keys, Ndaba Coster Moyo is on drums and Miti Mugande on percussion. All of the players sing backing vocals. It was in 2008 when the group was launched to fame on the back of a stellar performance at the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival in Malawi. Mokoomba recorded a debut album Kweseka, and undertook a European tour in 2009, to strong notices, necessitating a return in the following year. The celebrated Manou Gallo (The Ivory Coast) produced the album Rising Tide, which made many Best Of 2012 lists. She also played keyboards and brought in more than a dozen guest musos. The challenge for the members of Mokoomba now is to maintain their energy and a true band sound, without being too influenced by outsiders.
    • For additional information visit
      http://www.facebook.com/mokoomba
      http://www.mokoomba.com/

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Practical Info:

Venue:
  • Cherry Hinton Hall
    Cambridge
FINAL WINNERS: THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD 2009:
  • The organisers of the Award, campaign and advice group AGreenerFestival.com said that they were particularly pleased with the number of outstanding festivals in 2009 with twelve festivals being awarded very high marks. The Award is based on a 56 part questionnaire which covers office management, greenhouse gas emissions, supporting green initiatives, travel and transport, waste and recycling, water management, environmental protection and noise reduction and almost all the festivals will receive a visit from an independent auditor to assess their green efforts. http://agreenerFestival.com
    • All winning Festivals will receive a special trophy designed by competition winner Sade Goddard from Keswick School in Cumbria whose winning design features a Red Kite motif and is made from recycled plastic bottles, crushed CDs and remoulded Wellington boots.
    • The winner of the overall Greener Festival Award 2009 will be announced at the UK Festival Awards which will be held at the O2 Arena in London on November 19th 2009. The following winners are…
  • OUTSTANDING GREENER FESTIVALS
    • BONNAROO (USA)
    • BIG TENT (Scotland)
    • BLUESFEST (Australia)
    • CROISSANT NEUF (England)
    • ELOICA (Spain)
    • ISLE OF WIGHT (England)
    • PEATS RIDGE (Aus)
    • ROTHBURY (USA)
    • SOUTHBOUND (Australia)
    • SUNRISE (England)
    • WAVEFORM (England)
    • WORKHOUSE (Wales)
  • THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS
    • BESTIVAL
    • BIG SESSION (England)
    • CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL (England)
    • CAMP BESTIVAL (England)
    • THE CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL
    • THE FALLS FESTIVAL (Australia)
    • GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL (England)
    • FIREGATHERING (England)
    • MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (England)
    • OYA FESTIVALEN (Norway)
    • ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH (Italy)
    • SONISPHERE (England)
    • SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER (England)
    • SZEGED (Hungary)
    • T-IN-THE-PARK (Scotland)
    • WEST BEACH (USA)
    • WOMADelaide (Australia)
  • IMPROVING GREENER FESTIVALS
    • ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL (USA)
    • BIG CHILL (England)
    • DOWNLOAD (England)
    • THE GLADE (England)
    • HYDE PARK CALLING (England)
    • STANDON CALLING (England)
    • WIRELESS (England)
    • Y-NOT (England)

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