African Festival at Athens’ Gagarin club

The festival will also feature two dance groups and a buffet.

Christmas will be all about Africa at the capital’s Gagarin 205 club as it stages the Afro Fest on December 25.

Artists such as African China, one of the most popular reggae bands to emerge from Africa in present times, as well as Nigerian star Lady Erosion, Big Matata from Kenya and Makosa from Congo are some of the acts who will represent the rich traditions and developments of African music.

African China is clearly one of the stars of the festival. Born Chinagorom Onuoha, the Nigerian musician became involved in music and dance as a fan of Michael Jackson, emulating the pop star from a young age, before becoming influenced by the reggae greats. His lyrics cry out against violence, political instability and corruption. Another highlight is Lady Erosion, a singer who began her career beside Sir Victor Uwaifo, with whom she recorded the hit album “Giodogiodo,” blending the veteran’s songs with the young singer’s modern outlook on African music.

The delights of the Afro Fest do not end there: There will also be two dance groups from Nigeria performing traditional numbers, as well as a buffet dinner. For information and reservations, tel 210 8547600.