A View From The Moon Weekender ft. Kanda Bongo Man + Kanchan Maradan & Hamit Walia + Papa Sam Alafia + DJ Mayeva

  • Sunday | 15.01.23
  • 2.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • FREE

Join us at Band on the Wall for View From the Moon, a family-friendly weekender celebrating a world of music.

Taking place on 13-15th January over two stages, this weekender features music from around the world by some of our favourite emerging and under-the-radar artists.

This celebration of global music is suitable for all ages and tastes – there’s something for everyone!

Free entry for all ages and we have a wide range of special food and drink deals on throughout January, so this is the perfect wallet-friendly New Year family treat.


Kanda Bongo Man
Kanchan Maradan & Hamit Walia
Papa Sam Alafia (Family Friendly Workshop)
DJ Mayeva


Kanda Bongo Man is the Soukous superstar in the continent of Africa. His music has always been driven by optimism and happiness; it contains melodies that curl through the patterns like vines on a trellis.

Kanda is the man, who gave the world Kwasa Kwasa, the infectiously charged Congolese dance style. And, he is credited as being one of the pioneers of modern Soukous. He is, according to his fans, an icon, the one who brought Soukous to them. He has performed throughout the continent of Africa, in Australia, Europe, in the Middle East, in Canada, and of course in the USA. He met with so many African heads of states as the leading “ambassador” of popular culture in Africa.


Performer, teacher and choreographer Kanchan Maradan has been dancing since childhood. She completed an MA in Kathak, one of the classical dances of India, under the guidance of Prerana Shrimali, doyen of Jaipur Gharana. She is also a trained Indian vocalist.

A registered artist with ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) since 2004, she has also received the Junior Fellowship from the Indian Ministry of Culture, from 2005-2007. She has been teaching since 2000 and has performed extensively around the world, including in Brazil, France, India, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the UK. She has also worked with world famous film director Fernando Meirelles.


Performer, singer-songwriter, recording artist and workshop facilitator Papa Sam Alafia, moved to the UK in the late 1980s from Freetown, Sierra Leone in West Africa.

As both a solo musician and bandleader, Sam has recorded and performed with local and international artists at venues and festivals across the world. In the UK, these include The African Centre in Covent Garden, Smollensky’s on the Strand, Band on the Wall and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and appearances at Blue Dot and Kendal Calling. Over recent years, Papa Sam has been sharing his native Palm Wine music through workshops for all ages at museums and galleries, including for International Mother Language Day.

He has also run Arts Awards projects for schools and university performing arts students.

Free Entry!

January is a tough month, especially at this time of rising costs. So we’ve decided to spread a little sunshine and make our View from the Moon family friendly global music weekender this weekend completely free, thanks to the kind support of our friends at the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Bring your friends, family and your little ones and join us at Band on the Wall for a weekend of incredible music from all corners of the globe, suitable for all ages!


Sunday (Bar) 15:00 Papa Sam Alafia – Workshop

Sunday (Bar) 17:00 DJ Mayeva – World Beats

Sunday (Venue) 18:00 Kanchan Maradan & Hamit Walia – South Asian Kathak Dance & Tabla

Sunday (Venue) 20:00 Kanda Bongo Man – Congolese dance party legend

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.