Glastonbury and African Music have had a unique partnership. Although Glastonbury is famed for being primarily rock’n’roll, African Artists have fitted in nicely in the mix. Back in 1982, Glastonbury welcomed Nigerian artist King Sunny Ade which set the stage for future musicians from the African continent.
Glastonbury has since witnessed the likes of Fela Kuti, Slif Keita, ali Farka, and Oumou Sangaré to name a few.
This Saturday, Glastonbury kicks off with Mali’s finest singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré. Other Malian acts include Bassekou Kouyate, Mali’s newest music sensation Fatoumata ‘Fatou’ Diawara, Tuareg rockers Terakaft and DJ Mo.
Main stage programmer Nick Dewey states “The whole point of the festival is to have people from all over the world – every type of music and performer, every age group, from all classes. So it’s not a question of us taking a political stance. It’s just about saying, ‘You might not be able to play music at home, but you can come and play it here.’