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Ahymé Festival, 3 Days Dedicated to African Music and Culture in Parma

The first annual AHYMÉ festival will be held on 27, 28 September and 14 October at the Museo d’Arte Cinese ed Etnografico in Parma (viale San Martino, 8). An intercultural festival of integration created and directed by artist, musician, composer and songwriter  Bessou Gnaly Who, president of the Associazione Colori d’Africa – APS.

Ahymé is a festival that highloghts how cultural integration can contribute to improving the artistic and cultural quality of a city and its inhabitants. A place where people of different cultural backgrounds can gather with the aim of sharing their traditions in the name of social inclusion and peaceful coexistence.

The festival will take place over three days dedicated to African music and culture with artists that have left their mark in the history of World Music and others that are receiving significant acclaim: from the famous RAY LEMA, a pillar in African music, to the up-and-coming afro-pop artist GASANDJI, from the band MOKOOMBA that is emerging on the world scene with its afro-fusion electronic style with irruptions of reggae, funk and rap, to the singer from the Ivory Coast BONI GNAHORÉ, father and mentor of the first woman from the Ivory Coast to win a Grammy Award. The festival will also see DANIEL KOLLÉ from Cameroon and World Music producer and singer-songwriter GIOVANNI AMIGHETTI who will perform for the first time a song written specifically for the event.

The festival, made possible through financing from Fondazione Cariparma and the City of Parma, is one of the events scheduled for Parma Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2020.

During the day, there will be free events that focus on various issues regarding intercultural exchange and integration featuring institutional figures, and in the evenings there will be concerts and live music. Outside the museum there will be dance performances and street food stands with typical African dishes.

Concert tickets can be bought online on the museum site ( or on site at the museum ticket office that is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 – 1:00 and 3:00 – 7:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 1:00 and 3:00 to 7:00.

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