July 19, 2008
Culture: Unforgettable Times in Prospect at Fest
SUMMER finally arrives this weekend and, for the next 10 days at least, it'll be a scorcher.
Last night's lighting up of Bambuco - the temporary bamboo bridge across the Tyne - marked the launch of the SummerTyne festival, which lines up sizzling music and family events at The Sage Gateshead until July 27.
It's followed by a solo competition, then a concert indoors.
On the outdoor stage tomorrow, Caribbean-on-Tyne continues with the addition of a touch of Latin spice. The newly formed Baghdaddies Big Band set the tone, followed by Brazilian singer Monica Vasconcelos, then up-tempo salsa and reggae.
At 7.30pm in Hall One of The Sage, singer Mayra Andrade, the new Cape Verdean diva who won this year's BBC World Music Award, performs a Latin double bill with Antonio Forcione, the "Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar". Cuban-born Mayra's songs of island life are complemented by her Brazilian band.
Also tomorrow, in Hall Two at 8pm, a Tribute to Bob Marley and the Legends of Reggae Music will see Jamaican and UK reggae greats recreate songs of the late legend with a few of their own. Janet Kay, Michael Prophet, Earl 16, Prince Malachi and Winston Reedy promise a night to remember.
SummerTyne continues next week.
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