rock legend Ginger Baker joins the Rhythmtree Felabration

'Afrobeat Vibration' on the Isle Of Wight

published: Wed 8th May 2013

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2013
Three Gates Farm, Calbourne, Isle of Wight, PO30 4NA, England MAP
£75 for the weekend
daily capacity: 2000
last updated: Thu 20th Jun 2013

Ginger Bakers Jazz Confusion are the latest addition to the Rhythmtree Festival line-up for the 2013 world music event held on the Isle of Wight in July.

The legendary drummer has just agreed to join the main stage line-up in July. He will be performing with his newly formed quartet, the Jazz Confusion, and also guest with Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra for the Rhythmtree's tribute to the music of Fela Kuti on Sunday 21st July at the 2,000 capacity event.

Ginger is best known as the first superstar drummer of rock' and creator of the 60's supergroup Cream with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton. What is less well known is that he has had a lifetime involvement with African music. He lived in Nigeria from 1970 until 1976 and in 1971 recorded the album 'Fela with Ginger Baker Live!'.

A Rhythmtree organiser explained, "When we first made enquiries about the booking we were expecting to just get the Jazz Confusion on the bill. When Ginger's management informed him of our approach, and he looked at the Rhythmtree Sunday line-up, there was an immediate request that he also join the Fela tribute. This booking will make the Sunday Rhythmtree Felabration a unique event in the UK festival calendar and something not to be missed for any afrobeat and world music fan."

Ginger Baker said, "I met Fela in the early 60s when he used to sit in at the all-nighters at the Flamingo. We became good friends. When I arrived in Nigeria in 1970 I met Fela again - this led to many musical adventures. Fela was a fantastic fellow, a great friend, I loved his music."

Starting at mid-day each day the event is full of off stage entertainment for all the family. The event offers all day and evening entertainment, in nice surroundings. Youngsters will find lots to do in the Children's area next to the healing area. There will be numerous market stalls close by selling everything from didgeridoos to hand made jewellery. There will Isle of Wight sourced, food concessions.

The line-up includes Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Muntu Valdo, Jungle by Night, Son of Dave, Afrik Bawantu, King Porter Stomp, Soothsayers, Fellowship of Groove, Nahini Doumbia + Sankoulekan, Monster Ceilidh Band, By the Rivers, The Heritage Survival Band, AJ Holmes and the Hackney Empire, Prince Fatty and Horseman, Electric Jalaba, Modeste Hugues Randriamahitasoa, Tanz, The London Bulgarian Choir, Trailer Trash Orchestra, Elvis Fontenot & the Sugar Bees, Choro Bandido, Martin Newnham, Wooden Travel, Zacc Rogers, The Ouse Valley Singles Club, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Maharaja Blues, Dirty Old Folkers, Weatherkings, The Tony Mann Trio, Duveaux, Journey of Sound, aUnidos, West African Blues Project, Modou Toure, Ramon Goose, Abdoulaye Samb, Kakatsitsi Drummers of Ghana, Rabbit Foot, John Sterckx, MuHa, The Ouse Valley Singles Club, Flutatious, Two Man Ting, The Ohmz, Wheelcraft, Charming, Sarah Close, FaT Samba, and Unidos, with more to be announced. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Tickets are priced at £5 for an adult three day ticket with parking and camping, and £40 for teen (aged 13-17yrs) three day camping tickets. Children aged under 12 years can attend free. Campervan supplement £25. Day tickets are priced at £30 and half price for teens.

To buy tickets now, click here.

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2013
Three Gates Farm, Calbourne, Isle of Wight, PO30 4NA, England MAP
£75 for the weekend
daily capacity: 2000
last updated: Thu 20th Jun 2013


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