Explosions of talent

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MUSICAL fireworks will explode throughout Bridlington Spa this week, courtesy of Musicport festival, the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Over 40 acts from around the world will perform on five stages over three days.

The weekend of live music, film and dance runs from Friday to Sunday.

Now in its 12th year, Musicport is an annual celebration of exciting, eclectic, modern and traditional music from various world cultures; with food, real ale, workshops, films, stalls and a fireworks display.

Friday’s highlights include Delireality, who explore the imagery of Salvador Dali via a magical confection of giant dancing characters, stilt-walking Dalis, a waterfall of fire and a pyrotechnic giraffe. Sharing Friday’s bill are the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and 12lve, who featured in the BBC2 series Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment in April. This will be one of only two performances scheduled for this year.

Saturday’s line-up includes multi-instrumentalist Mercedes Peón from Galacia, Spain; and DJ, journalist, traveller and world-music evangelist Andy Kershaw talking about his autobiography, No Off Switch. Toby Litt, writing in the New Statesman, wrote: “It’s his ability to convey a sense of moment-by-moment aliveness that makes Andy Kershaw, the greatest living English-language broadcaster”.

Portuguese fadista (fado singer) Claudia Aurora will sing haunting melodies from her debut album, SilÍncio, on Saturday, accompanied by her quintet.

Mary Coughlan, a charismatic and intriguing jazz and blues torch singer, imbues challenging subject matter with rich emotion to create a powerful and absorbing performance. She will play on Saturday night.

Saturday’s headliner, the legendary Hugh Masekela, has been at the heart of the music of South Africa since the 1960s. His soaring, joyful trumpet sound brims with warmth and optimism. At 72, he remains one of jazz’s greatest horn players, able to adopt township jazz, funk and hip-hop into his music. He will be performing with his dynamic South African band.

Highlights on Sunday include an acclaimed exponent of Tibetan traditional singing and opera, Lhamo Namgyal Lhamo, as well as Huong Thanh, renowned for her stunning and groundbreaking collaborations with guitarist Nguyen Le. She combines Vietnamese traditional songs and sounds with jazz and other roots styles from around the world. Mari Boine, from northern Norway, will perform her mesmeric music based on Sami traditions, and injected with jazz and rock.

Musicport is looking for 12 literate and confident people to circulate the festival. In exchange for a weekend ticket, they would gather stories from audiences, performers, staff and volunteers about why they are there.

l To book, ring 0845 373 2760 or go to www.spabridtickets.com. For full festival information visit www.musicportfestival.com.