Music students at City of Oxford College are getting ready to perform at the city’s second African cultural show in May.
The students, who together form music group SolFunk, will play live at the AFROShow Catwalk and Exhibition Event on 6 and 7 May at Tingewick Hall, part of the John Radcliffe Hospital.
The event has been organised by entrepreneur Laure Loutala Mpolo, who last year approached City of Oxford College to encourage young designers to get involved.
Laure said: “The purpose of this initiative is to celebrate African fashion and help our community connect with African culture. The project will support the sharing of fashion, music and gastronomy, celebrating the rich diversity of our society.
“I am delighted that City of Oxford College students have chosen to get involved in the AFROShow for a second year running. The show will be an excellent opportunity for them to play live and reach a different audience. I hope that it will give them an experience and platform from which to build their future careers.”
Music teacher Nick Reiber Hodgson said: "The involvement between Laure and SolFunk came about when a close musician friend of mine, Amanda King, told me that she was working with an enthusiastic lady looking for musicians to perform at her next fashion event.
“I felt that it would be a great opportunity for our second year music students, who have been tasked to set up external gig events as part of their course. Laure came to one of our gigs and gained a much greater insight into our students’ musical capabilities and which acts would be the best fit for her event."
The AFROShow takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May at Tingewick Hall. Last year, more than 250 people attended the event. For more information or to purchase your tickets, like the African Fashion Roots Oxford page on Facebook or go to www.afroshow.co.uk.