europe x africa

  • SIROCCO is an African storm of music.
  • SIROCCO is two worlds colliding.
  • SIROCCO is pure joy and celebration.


TOUR DATES: Thu 3 May - Sat 5 May 2018
CITIES: Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester

the artists

ABEL SELAOCOE Guest Director / Cello


YAHAEL ONONO Ngoni / Percussion

the music

Original music. African folk. Repertoire by Bach, Sollima, Lawes, Debussy, and Crumb.

(It's mostly a surprise, but check out the full performance of Lamentatio by Abel to get an idea of what we have in store. It's going to be a party.)

about the show

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Abel Selaocoe as Guest Director for this project. As I'm sure you will agree after seeing the film above - if you haven’t watched it yet, you’re missing out - Abel is not just a brilliant musician, but also one of the truly great communicators through music.

There are very few musicians who can bewitch a room in the way that Abel Selaocoe can. While we were preparing for the launch of this season, we had a day of filming at a gorgeous discovered space in Hull, an old post office called Penny Red. Abel was there to perform Lamentatio by Giovanni Sollima for us, and the second he started, the room was transfixed. Adam Blyth, our filmmaker, told us that when he got home after the shoot, he made his wife watch every take of raw footage from each and every camera. When they were finished, they watched it all again.

We're also joined for this project by Abel's band, Chesaba. Abel, Sidiki, and Alastair specialise in music from the Ivory Coast - together, we create a musical melting pot, bringing together two continents with ferocious and intense musical traditions.

Above all, this show is about joy - it's a celebration of life, of diversity, and of African culture. In a rather dark season of work, Sirocco is a beacon of light.

See you at the party,

Adam & The Collective

** For anyone who is still wondering, Sirocco is actually a wind that travels from Africa into Europe. (See what we did there?) More meteorological goodness here for all you weather nerds.


concession tickets

Manchester Collective offers concession tickets to under 18s, full time students, senior citizens, and to the unemployed. Concession tickets are available for £5 for every show that we produce.

Please note that proof of eligibility for your concession ticket will be requested upon entry.

at the door

As our concerts tend to sell out before the day of the show, we encourage all of our guests to buy tickets in advance. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door.

Unfortunately, we are not able to process cash payments on the day - please bring a bank card with you to avoid disappointment!