If you are a musician and would like to help reduce child poverty in the UK, Africa and USA then why not perform at MAPFest? This can be through any skill or talent which can be used to support poor and physically disabled children. Contact us by clicking here for more information.
For musicians who do not wish to perform, we will still appreciate your support in undergoing the mission to reduce child poverty.
2015 Performing Artists
Derek Alder is a singer-songwriter originally from Scotland. His musical career began as a child when he started learning to play drums. He then moved on to guitar and began singing and developing his song writing skills. Later he went on to study for a BA in Music Performance in Perth, Scotland. He has sang and played as a solo artist and in bands for many years since then in various parts of the country. The songs he performs and writes span genres including acoustic, rock, folk and blues and often reflect his Christian faith.
Meike Holzmann started to make music at the age of four, has been classically trained on the piano and is a self-taughtmulti-instrumentalist and vocalist. She moved to Liverpool in 1998 to study music at LIPA with a scholarship from the Deutsche Phone Akademie andsince graduating in 2001 she has been working as a freelance composer,songwriter and performer for a great variety of projects in UK and Germany. Meike is teaching piano, running songwriting courses and music workshops, and she is also the proud musical director of the Liverpool Choir With No Name, a national charity for people ‘on the edge of society’.
On the Liverpool live scene she’s best known for her original acoustic set up, the Lonesome Georginas, who’ve been put on ice for a couple of years due to a vital band member’s absence – but on occasional basis Meike does perform solo – as a ‘Really Lonesome Georgina’.
In the past Critchley has supported the likes of Seth Lakeman, Sharon Corr, Ian McNabb, Ruarri Joseph and more recently local favourite Stephen Langstaff. The new album ‘As I Disappear’ is out later this year. Visit kevincritchley.com for more information.
Stephanie is from Liverpool and a member of Frontline Church. She performs a remarkably versatile range of classical and modern music. In her teens she won the title Liverpool Voice of the Year and top female voice in the Merseyside Young Singer of the Year competition. As an Apprentice with the Monteverdi Choir, Stephanie enjoyed an exciting year performing in Europe, stepping forward to sing solo at the Palace of Versailles and the BBC Proms. Gramophone Magazine congratulated Stephanie in 2011 as an outstanding soloist, with heroic reserves of energy for her recording of an Estonian folk song on the Delphian record label. Her passion is for sacred music and she was delighted to make her debut at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in April singing Feel the Spirit by John Rutter. Recent engagements include Bridgewater Hall, Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. www.stephanieguidera.com
AYZ stage name, otherwise known as Ayotunde Falana use to be in the Maritime Industry. Studied “Transport Studies” at the University College London (UCL) where he graduated in 1983. He became disabled in 2006, after which he became a Singer/Songwriter Saxophonist. In music his inspiration are : Roy-C, The Crusaders, Late Bobby Olabinjo Shobowale Benson, Charlie Paker, Louis Armstrong and Motown Music. AYZ also attended Liverpool Inst.For Performing Arts (LIPA) where he did Music/Music Business Management and finished with a Distinction in 2008.
AYZ is passionate about using MUSIC and ENTERTAINMENT to tackle Child Poverty, that’s what he likes using is musical and entertainment talent to do, supporting the development of Humanity and Mankind to make a positive and remarkable difference in the lives of POOR & PHYSICALLY DISABLED Children. His love for making a difference with MUSIC and ENTERTAINMENT in a unique way gave birth to one of the project in which he is a Co-Volunteer Founder (Pls see: www.Mapfest.Org). As a result of his health conditions AYZ doesn’t perform much,but more involve in MUSIC PUBLISHING.
‘Her voice …. is one of the most hauntingly beautiful I’ve ever heard’ The Independent
‘An album full of elegant & original songs’ The Times
‘When she performs, she hypnotises people’ Alan Bleasdale
Sue has performed at many national festivals and theatres around the U.K and recently headlined at the ‘Liberty Festival’ at the Festival Hall, Southbank, London. International appearances include New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, San Francisco and Vancouver in Canada.
Her latest album ‘Outta Party’ has just been released and can be downloaded from all major digital platforms (itunes, Spotify & Amazon).
Behind the exotic name of Afrika Fuentes, there is more than just a singer and songwriter. She is not your stereotypical pop star wannabe or X-Factor aspirant; on the contrary she is an example of hard work, perseverance and a passion for music.
Afrika’s love for music started when she was a little girl growing up in Madrid. She used to listen to her mum’s records of artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Music was the language she most connected with, the common link between the different cultures that surrounded her upbringing (Afrika is of Spanish, Basque, Portuguese and African descent, hence her unusual name).
Growing up, Afrika dreamt of someday owning a piano, not an instrument a family like Afrika’s could afford. So when she grew up she worked as hard as possible until she had enough money to buy a second hand upright piano. That is when she started writing her own songs, which kept on flowing during endless hours in her room.
Those early years were full of music theory, piano and singing lessons, whilst working at a call centre in order to pay for tuition. It was also the time when she founded a successful gospel choir in Madrid, as well as various other music projects. But that dream was only starting.
In 2005, Afrika left Madrid to study in the UK after earning a scholarship to attend LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), the famous university founded by Sir Paul McCartney. It was time to leave everything behind and start a new life in the UK. During those years at LIPA, Afrika wrote, produced and recorded her debut EP ‘Rainbow’, which was released to great reviews, especially in Spain. Upon graduation she was the recipient of the BBC New Talent Award 2008 for her original song ‘Kiss Me’.
Since leaving University, Afrika has become an accomplished songwriter, writing for various artists such as Diana Ross and John Legend on behalf of publishing power houses, Universal and Sony ATV Worldwide. On a personal level, Afrika has also found love and started a family here, where she now feels ‘at home’.
It is no wonder she has been the sought after entertainer for numerous exclusive clients including Nokia and Julie Neville to enliven their private parties and events. This isn’t just down to her professionalism and talent as a singer and pianist, but also her personality, charisma and presence on stage. Afrika has audiences eating out of her hand with her soulful voice and effortless art.
You can find more about Afrika Fuentes and her music by visiting www.afrikafuentes.com.
Ramsey is a young up and coming Afro-Beats artist. The very talented 24 year old has already gained massive social media interest with his catchy songs and vibrant videos. He is also an avid performer and always keeps his fans entertained both in the UK and in his birthplace of Nigeria. His songs include; Gentleman, Vibrate, Abolore and Overdoze. After some time away writing in the motherland he is now back with a brand new summer smash Ride Out.
SAXXY’s interest for Music started from the age of 6. He started playing drums in his church. Use to be a member of young start band. His music career kicked off in October 2012 after training from Oreb College. He was inspired by P.Square, Yemi Sax, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Kenny G.
His first Debut Single Video ( African Baby) was released March 2014 and was Nominated for the best Afro beat Video in South Eastern Film Festival 2015. His new single “WORTHY” featuring a Ghanaian Gospel Artist Kiki has now be released, he is currently working on his E.P Album.
Presently, Ben SAXXY is one of the most talented,most talked about and sought after SAXOPHONIST in the City of London..
2014 Performing Artists
Afrika fuentes is a unique Spanish/British soul/pop singer and songwriter based in the UK. Her mixed background (Spanish, Portuguese, African and French) has turned her music into an original blend of different genres like pop, R&B, soul and Latin, sometimes flirting with flamenco, electro or gospel. She combines incredible vocals, natural command on her piano and a staggering stage presence.
She is an accomplished songwriter having won BBC new talent award for New songwriters 2008 and written for renowned songwriters like Cathy Dennis, responsible for number one hits for Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry. Afrika recently signed a worldwide contract with SONY ATV Publishing.
“Afrika Fuentes is an up-and-coming talent with a privileged voice, comparable to Alicia Keys or Nelly Furtado” Gill Mills (music journalist NME)
Sue, a blind singer songwriter from Liverpool, has had her songs played on local and national radio, TV and had her songs used in TV documentaries.
Sue has also performed for Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Tony Blair.
Her recording career has been very successful with 5 critically acclaimed solo albums that received fantastic reviews in national newspapers such as The Independent and The Times.
Sue has appeared and headlined at many festivals such as the ‘Liberty Festival’ at the Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, and has worked abroad in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, San Francisco and Vancouver, Canada.
The Science Of The Lamps:
Quite appropriately ‘The Science of the Lamps’ was discovered by Kaya in an off the beaten track restaurant in the fairytale darkness of the city of Prague in December 2010, she just didn’t know what it was yet. Since then, the experiment has gradually been hypothesized and carried out in uncontrolled environments in collaboration with Liverpool & international talent such as, Grethe Borsum, Luke Moore, Grammy Award winner Greta Svabo Bech and more. The latter addition of drummer Mark Brockelsby,
Their inspiration comes from vaudeville, visual art, early Hollywood movie scores, Nordicana, wine, flamenco, trip-hop, music boxes, Paris and whiskey bars.
Since their first live appearance at Liverpool Light Night in May 2011 they have gone on to appear at festivals such as; Standon Calling, Liverpool Sound City, Jessheimdagene (Norway), Above the Beaten Track and Threshold Festival, a couple of trips to London, played alongside Shona Foster, three support slots with Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six.
Kaya has become a well-know name on the local scene. Her previous experience include singing backing for Ringo Starr at Liverpool08 opening and for Seal and Jon Bon Jovi at the Royal Variety Show and a long track record of gigs solo or with band playing alongside Brett Anderson (Suede), The Wombats, Cherry Ghost, Noah & the Whale, Marina & The Diamonds, Foy Vance, The Farm, Sandi Thom and m.m. This project started is a home for all the caged songs that didn’t fit Kaya’s band’s alt. rock line up; Lyrical gems with darkness and light, sultry sounds and unfinished rough gems flowing out of notebooks and on the back of beer coasters.
Derek Alder is a Christian Singer-songwriter from Scotland. He has been writing and recording songs for many years and has performed extensively in various contexts. His songs span genres including acoustic, rock, folk and blues.
Yemi Oyeyebi (aka Akigbe) is an Artistic director and Choreographer of Akigbe Africa dance & Culture Company UK. Promoting African arts & culture through African drumming, dance, ewi (chant) & story telling.
Yemi has performed at ‘Contacting the World Manchester’ and also performed at the ‘Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Day’ on a few occasions. Yemi also takes part in a lot of workshops in schools throughout the UK with various companies.
Vanessa is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Liverpool. Her extensive gigging around the local scene has started to show as she recently won an award for Best Female Acoustic Act 2014 in the Liverpool Musician Awards.
Vanessa has also took part in other competitions such as the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2012 where she won with her song ‘I Don’t Want To Lose You Like This’ and the Rock the House competition where she had the opportunity to perform in the House of Commons in 2013 in front of patron Brian May.
Jo Dipple, CEO UK Music say’s: “Vanessa’s song writing ability is incredible. She has a bright future ahead with the full support of UK Music.”
I am a postgraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at Manchester University from Kwara state, Nigeria. My first encounter with music was at University of Hull Music Club and I found inspiration from Psquare and 2face.
I have built a reputation as an afrobeats Artist in England (Manchester) with great artists like Embatoric and Flexx. My music style is “easy going but packed full of punches”. I am currently working with BLINKS RECORD. I am successful, thanks to my lyrics and to the ultimate God for making it possible.
LINKS TO MY SONGS:
My music career started right from young till date. I was literally inspired by Yemisax and Fella Kutti, the Afroicons in Nigeria, Africa.
I am very passionate about entertainment and edutainment.
My debut single “AFRICAN BABY” video was released March 2014, to explore the beauty of an African woman.
Kevin John Critchley:
Kevin started out playing solo before forming a band to create the sound he wanted. Drawing influences from an array of genres, from world-music artists such as Ojos de Brujo and Oi Va Voi to more mainstream artists like Ryan Adams and Dave Matthews Band, Kevin’s sound is an energetic brand of acoustic rock with flavours from around the globe.
Critchley (and friends) has had the pleasure of supporting artists including Seth Lakeman, Sharon Corr, Ian McNabb, James Walsh and Amsterdam as well as opening the 2012 Chester Rocks festival with his former band The Fifth Movement. Currently a new album is being recorded at The Motor Museum in Liverpool with producer Al Groves. Recently Kevin performed some of the new material at Threshold Festival 2014, headlining the Liverpool Acoustic Stage.
Recently put out two songs “Ramsey-Abolore” “Ramsey-Overdoze” (Available on iTunes). Currently touring and promoting the songs, which has been well received. Im working with various producers, artists and song writers to continuously release new material over the course of the year. Strong believer in hard work and dedication. Music is a not just something I do, it’s a part of me. I get great pleasure in performing, singing and songwriting, not afraid to think outside the box and do the unexpected as far as music is concerned. It’s something that gives me great gratification and I do very well.
Give Ramsey a listen at www.soundcloud.com/uncleramsey
CéCé began singing when she was four years old and it became her passion whilst growing up in the world of musical theatre. She began writing her own songs at the age of sixteen after a chance encounter with a musician at her sixth form. A year later she went on to join a music label where she met her now manager Teekay, the two have since branched out on their own quest to create great music and have fun in the process. CéCé’s music is an RnB inspired mix of urban and pop with a soulful voice and distinctive twist.