We Face Forward Festival


We Face Forward Lingua Franca World Music Agency has been invited by Manchester venue Band on the Wall to provide local West African performers for the city wide three-month We Face Forward festival of West African contemporary art and music which was curated by Manchester City Council, Cityco and the Northern Quarter [...]

Africa Entsha Vocal Workshop


Africa Entsha Vocal Workshop Five-man South African vocal acapella and dance group from Soweto, whose name means “New Africa” wowed the crowds of the World Cup Opening Ceremony in 2010 and the Paralympics in London 2012. They perform songs from the South African oral tradition, sung acapella in gospel style, including zulu [...]

Waste Makes Music!


Waste Makes Music! Bahian Percussionist, Claudio Kron do Brazil from Bahia will show you how to turn waste Materials into musical instruments in this one-hour workshop. Bring any old man-made or organic objects which could use to make a sound. Suitable for all ages. Book on the day. [...]

Ginnel Gathering


Ginnel Gathering Ginnel Gathering in Levenshulme is an event using the ginnels (alleyways) around the streets to encourage the local community to see them as more than just a rubbish dump. The Musicians of Henderson Street Ginnel (shown above) encouraged people from the community to come together and play music. We were [...]

Colours of Life


Colours of Life Renowned British-Congolese musician and online broadcaster, Robert Maseko has teamed up with Manchester-based DJ Mayeva to produce a unique musical evening at Northern Quarter lifestyle bar and lounge Porter and Cole called Colours of Life. Jazz and world rhythms specialist, Geli Berg, produced and presented weekly magazine show, Cultural [...]

The Arabic Experience


The Arabic Experience Come and experience a real Egyptian Hafla, with live music from Arabic Dance band and interactive belly dancing with our seductive belly dancers. Once again one of the Cosmopolitan Nights DJs will warm up the evening and then the party will truly begin. Learn some traditional Arabic line dances, [...]

The African Experience


The African Experience The evening consists of an hour’s warm up of slow to medium tempo African tunes from a live musician or one of our Cosmopolitan Nights DJs, while guests arrive. Then comes the first of two live sets from our resident African musicians and their enthralling dancers. The dancing will [...]

Los Desterrados


Los Desterrados Los Desterrados bring vibrant new life to the ancient music of the Sephardic Jews. Fusing Spanish Flamenco and the fiery Gypsy melodies of the Balkans and Greece with the rhythms of North Africa and Turkey, Los Desterrados feature traditional instruments such as the cajon and oud, combined with vocals in [...]

Glenda Berg (Geli)


When The Planets Align Director Managing Director Geli Berg is a writer, world music specialist, DJ, event producer and broadcaster.  Geli was born in the UK, but is of mixed heritage, which has fuelled her interest in diverse cultures. Want To Talk To Our Team? [...]


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