Complete your Festival summer with the irresistible afrofunk sound of master musician Yaw Asumadu and his brilliant 11-piece band.

Moving to Aotearoa in 2018 after a stellar career around the world, Ghanaian native Asumadu has quickly made a name for himself on the music scene here as a drummer, composer, African flautist, bass guitarist and xylophone player of the highest order.

Having founded Ozi Ozaa in 2008 in London, Asumadu is now joined by a Kiwi collective of guitarists, brass players and percussionists, who inject his mixture of funk, jazz, highlife and traditional African beats with new local flavour. Ozi Ozaa means “work and happiness” – a simple motto that promises dancing, singing and smiling for all those who come along.

Pre-show workshop: 4.00pm
To get in the groove, join an African dance class with Yaw, with time for a break before the show lifts the roof off. More details on this special workshop to be announced at a later date.

“A joyful and jaw dropping fusion of afro-grooves and jazz that hits you like a burst of sonic sunshine.”
— Phil Jackson, BBC Radio, on Yaw Asumadu

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 16 November 2022