Musician Abel Selaocoe’s amazing journey from Soweto to celebrating Africa Oyé in Merseyside

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South African cellist Abel Selaocoe took to the stage at Birkenhead’s Future Yard on Thursday night as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Africa Oyé festival.

Africa Oyé has been billed as the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture and the festival itself, which first started as a series of gigs in 1992, will be taking place on June 18 and 19 this summer.

Selaocoe was joined in Merseyside by the Manchester Collective, to perform The Oracle, featuring some of his own stories and compositions and backed by African percussion.

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