One of the most popular weekends in the East Midland’s summer diary – Riverside 2004 is Nottingham’s largest outdoor festival with something for everyone!

Met many entertainers ‘from the road’ and the free festivals, and discovered a few that used to live on busses, now on / in boats.

Photographed a few acts, but my favourite were:

Imbongi featuring Albert Nyathi from Zimbabwe

Live & Direct from Zimbabwe-They’re Back Red-Hot African Hi-Life & Township-Jive! ‘Totally in tune with the WOMAD spirit…..energetic and joyous’THE TIMES

UK/European Tour May 21-Sept 11 2004 NEW Show-NEW Songs-NEW DancesNEW Aug/Sept Shows:Dublin,Shambala,Bristol,Bodmin,Tregaron…see tour-dates

Shaheera Asante’s Interview with Albert here

Listen to Imbongi & Albert Nyathi “Welcome To Zimbabwe” 45 secs

A wonderful fusion of words, song, music and dance from this vibrant and multi-talented 10-piece band, comprising keyboards,guitar,bass,trumpets,vocals,poetry and dance.Expect an un-parralelled and exciting blend of Traditional, Blues, Jazz and Contemporary African Music.

Fronted by Zimbabwe’s premier performance-dub-poet ALBERT NYATHI….IMBONGI – and their unique and powerful blend of Music Dance and Poetry have emerged as one of the most stunning groups to visit these shores. Literally storming Glastonbury Festival, Sidmouth and WOMAD this summer – in addition to many appearances round the country, delighted audiences were left spell-bound by the sheer diversity and energy of Albert and the band.. Winner of the Zimbabwe National Poetry Award – Albert Nyathi is known as the voice of the people.

Controversially outspoken and unafraid to voice thoughts on his Zimbabwe, the country, the people, the politics, poverty and life in the townships.

TOURING UK from MAY 15 -SEPT 15 2004 – Contact Crispin / CTM on 014653 757376 or

I very much enjoyed their set, and told ’em so!

If you wanna, check out the BBC Radio 3 website at:

for more dates this year.

More pictures on my blog at:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2 [cont]

and on Indymedia at: