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‘All pull together’ is the literal meaning of the Swahili-Spanish title of this festival; and it’s a symbol of collective power through music that Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel have cultivated with their now legendary festival, taking place from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May in Barnard Castle. These two ladies are a force of nature, and they are bringing some of their musical buddies with them to this African Latin Funk Jazz Reggae party that will tear open your cranium and fill it with joy.

Headlining this year’s event is jazz king and virtuoso trombonist Dennis Rollins, who is bringing his Funky Funk along to the event to inject a bit of Afro-Caribbean festivity into Barney Castle. I have had the pleasure of seeing Ray Harris perform on several occasions and he and his band are so ridiculously good that they are worth the ticket price of £45 for the weekend alone, they feature a pretty nifty percussionist too. Knowing Hannabiell’s nose for talent, it’s certain that Briannagh Donnehy, the 13 year old prodigy from New York will be amazing, the Manding Kabou Trio all the way from Paris will be incredible and that the Afrobeats of the vinyl kind provided by DJ Volta 45 and DJ Etchasqratch (Mariam to her friends) will be groovy.

As if that wasn’t enough, local vocal queen Lindsay Hannon will bring her Plus band to provide the jazz and blues and the wonderful 10th Avenue band and Afroku dance group will add to the spectacle that will end with an almighty firework display in the skies over Barnard Castle, which you can gaze at from the comfort of your tent or campervan.

The supergroup Hannabiell & Midnight Blue and the duo the Ladies Of Midnight Blue will be the delicious sweet icing on this rhythmic cake, and we’ve been told there’s even more to be announced. It’s not a passive festival though, spectating is only 50% of the deal; there are African American step, Zumba, Salsa & Bachata, African, Kuduro and even Gumboot dance workshops, West African drum workshops, percussion workshops and even a pizza making workshop! This is a family festival with its roots firmly planted in beats, exercise (in the form of dancing), love and food, but hurry, there are limited tickets and they are selling fast.

Harambee Pasadia is based out of TCR The Hub in Barnard Castle from Friday 22nd until Monday 25th May.

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