AfriCourage – the Festival of Freedom on 28.12.
Live on rbb-Radioeins and on European Radio
Polskie Radio calls it “just fantastic”, the EBU in Geneva describe it as “amazing!” Finnish national radio YLE say “a wonderful project – respect!” This is a special special project by Germany’s Radioeins: the live broadcast of a music festival from the West African country of The Gambia to over 10 European stations.
Africa’s youth is not silent. Their message for a peaceful community and against corruption and hopelessness is: we are the vast majority of the population and we want a self-determined future! This is a topic that does not often surface in European media, and especially not live. This missing dimension is addressed in exemplary fashion by a team led by Radioeins music presenter Johannes Theurer. The live broadcast comes from Gambia’s biggest music festival, OpenMic/AfriCourage. During the night of 28/29 December it will be broadcast live via video stream and on air on Radioeins.
Every year over 10,000 people gather in front of the stage in the Independence Stadium in The Gambia’s capital city of Banjul. This time Europe will also be there, and for the first time live from sub-Saharan Africa. Regional stars like Baaba Maal (Grammy 2019) and Tatadindin will be on stage next to local stars such as ST and Gee beginning at 23:00 Berlin time. Political rappers with track records of activism are also participating: Smockey (from Burkina Faso), Journal Rappe (Senegal) and Killa Ace, who gave the Gambian dictator Jammeh his decisive push three years ago.
The project also has an exciting technical dimension. Only the combination of smart production and stable back-end systems makes it possible to broadcast the festival from West Africa and then distribute it throughout Europe.
The smallest possible amount of equipment will be used on site. A variety of smart and transportable control systems were tested in advance, the final choice being the Livestream-Studio, with the Atmos Shogun as a backup.
Then rbb’s distribution system takes over. A Live-U unit sends the video to Potsdam, Germany, where it’s prepared for further distribution. Rbb’s Live Stream Control prepares the signal for internet distribution and provides the livestream for rbb web broadcast, which can also be directly integrated by other EBU stations. In parallel, Live Stream Control also supplies social media channels YouTube and Facebook and feeds an EBU transmission satellite.
AfriCourage is cooperation between the Gambian promoters Black Lynx and the German Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with the RBB for the EBU.