DIVERSITY STAGE

SATURDAY

12.00 Locked Horns

The Locked Horns are a cracking swing big band who’ll blow your socks off with fantastic music. We are a Devon based band who are available to play at weddings, functions, parties, and basically anything else where you want jazz music from across the ages!

We formed in late 2013 and we’ve had a fantastic reception from audiences, performing at private and public events including the Exeter Christmas Lights Switch On, Rugby World Cup Fanzone, and Street Food Market.

13.00 Paul Kouatchou

Kouatchou was born and bred in Cameroon, central Africa. He came from a musical family – his father was a first class traditional xylophonist and his mother sang in the local church choir – and Kouatchou carved his first guitar at the tender age of twelve!

After some time spent as a teacher of carpentry & joinery in Cameroon, the artistic presence in Kouatchou became too strong to ignore, and he left classroom teaching with the hope of spreading his thoughts, desires and feelings to a wider audience through his  music.

Kouatchou spent time in Brazil where he immersed himself in the culture and the language, and it was here he learned about ”Alegria,” which means joy amidst difficulties and hardships. His experiences in Brazil enabled him to grow as a person and as a musician. Leaving Brazil with a still burning desire to connect and reach out to humanity through music, Kouatchou headed for Switzerland where he encountered warmth and made lasting friendships. However, eventually he felt bound to pursue his childhood dream to bring his music and his message to England, UK where he has since recorded an EP and performed extensively to audiences around the South West.
What music means to Kouatchou: I believe music ought to be the torchlight for humankind. I believe no-one is useless, we are all good at something it doesn’t matter what. My music is to inspire people for the right reasons and to remind fellow man that, we all do have the great light within which at times can be very hard to find. I believe music allows us the freedom to dare to believe in our dreams and to help us after we stumble and fall, and it is with this intention that I create and share my home grown music and indeed lyrics. I speak in different tongues, English, French and Portugese mostly, however I believe music, specifically my music transcends all nations far and wide, and because it comes from my heart it is felt as well as heard.

I describe my vibe as world music founded in the roots and heart of reggae, and am both privileged and proud to be able to share and celebrate in the sounds I create.

Peace be with you and please let my music do all the talking… Bless up.

13.50 The Blu Funk Allstars

The Blu Funk Allstars are an amazing funk/soul band based in the Southwest.

15.00 The Collection

A three piece female trio, who write and play their own songs.

16.15 Gary Stewart's Graceland

Gary Stewart’s Graceland is without doubt one of the highlights of the Festival this year. A quite staggering recreation of one of the seminal albums of a generation. The whole, brilliant, Paul Simon Album performed note for note but with its own energy and vitality that meant you didn’t feel like you were watching a tribute band but a group of stunning musicians having a blast. The perfect band for a crowd pleasing, sing along festival slot.

17.45 The O'Marleys

With fiddle, banjo, bodhran, guitar and four vocalists, The O’Marleys play fun and exciting songs and dances from Ireland and Scotland. Both contemporary and traditional, a new album features songs by Ed Sheeran and The Pogues. Bring your dancing shoes and be prepared to sing!

18.30 Big Noise Chorus

Big Noise Chorus are back to sing for the Respect Festival again. We are a group of community choirs and the Exeter Big Noise Chorus is guaranteed to get your feet stomping – we will fill the stage, fill your hearts and raise the roof with our pop, soul, motown and rock music. As Colin Rea, our conductor says, ‘All our concerts are for charity – we believe in the generosity of spirit and using music to make to make a positive difference in the world around us.’

SUNDAY

11.00 Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra

DYJO involves young people in playing tremendous big band Jazz. Taking players from across the whole of Devon, including Exeter, North Devon, South Devon, Torbay and Dartmoor to play and perform a wide variety of big band Jazz music.
DYJO has won many national awards over its history for its performances and educational programmes, and continues to play to enthusiastic audiences in Devon and beyond.

12.15 The Kingstons

The Kingstons are an exciting 5 piece contemporary band based in West Devon and have a fresh, unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of influences with a passion for ska and reggae.
The Kingstons have recently supported The Neville Staples Band and Chainska Brassika and are set to open for Bad Manners, Land of the Giants, Laid Blak and Sonic Six Boom this year!
In 2016 The Kingstons released their debut EP and their tracks I still miss you and Talk of freedom have been played on BBC Introducing Devon & Cornwall.

13.25 Dakar Audio Club

Original Afrofusion band formed by husband and wife songwriters Nick and Fatou to express their love of African Soukous , Mbalax , Reggae and Desert blues. They are also influenced by British 60’s and 70’s Psychedelic rock , folk and Jazz , Afrocuban styles and ensembles like the Rail Band de Bamako and Orchestra Baobab.

14.40 Sound of the Sirens

Sound of the Sirens are a foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female Folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry. With a new album and praise from Chris Evans on Radio 2 they are a major attraction at the festival.

15.55 Revelation Roots

A soul-infused dub reggae collective of mixed ages and backgrounds, whose varied influences translate into a unique refreshing sound. Nostalgic Caribbean vibes fuse with uplifting harmonies, and urban jazz create catchy and immersive music to transport you to the Tropics.

Vocalist Rosina, delivers cool silky vocals to melt the soul with a playful innocence, yet powerful presence. Accompanied by West African vocalist, Shine, and his contagious charm, the two interweave, creating a captivating and cheerful double act. Backed by a diverse band of fantastic musicians, together they bring authentic, colourful explosion of classic roots reggae with a refreshing cultural twist.

17.00 Jonah Hitchens Band

Taking you back to the days of old school groove – entertaining & refreshing.

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