Waka Waka Africa North East is an organisation based in the north east of England that celebrates and promotes African and African-Caribbean music and culture.

Contact us with details of local events, CVs of artists, and check out our What’s On section.


Check out our the account of our first few years: new-waka-review


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The influence of black African music is widespread. It came over to America with the African slaves and combined with the folk music of the European settlers to produce new styles of music such as blues, gospel and jazz.  These went on to form the basis of popular music today.

Tony Suadwa

“Waka Waka” is a phrase used in several parts of Africa and translates most regularly as “Just do it!” That’s going to be our motto – to get on with organising events and activities, including our first African cultural festival for the North East, which we have delivered through music, poetry, film and visual arts in May 2013.

Our  initiative grew out of the October 2012 Black History Month event Waka Waka Africa at Newcastle Arts Centre


Sam Mangwana sings Waka Waka



“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira,  featuring South African band Freshlyground. It was the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:


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