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8 January 2013

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s premier summer concert series, Rhythm of Africa, returns this February.

It will feature an exceptional musical line-up and plenty of free family entertainment in 2013.

Zoo Events Coordinator Karen Rodriguez said the upcoming season promised to be one of the most sensational summer events ever offered at the zoo.

‘We are thrilled to be able to offer an incredible line-up of contemporary and traditional African bands, as well as providing plenty of free entertainment for children this year,’ Ms Rodriguez said.

Two of the headline musical acts this season include the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Melbourne’s Original Afro beat heavyweights, and Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence, playing tunes from across Africa. Popular band favourites will perform also, including Musiki Manjaro, Kinshasa Express and Soukous Ba Congo.

Children’s activities will kick off at 4.30pm in the African Village and will feature African drum workshops, storytelling, games, dancing, hair braiding and face painting.

Also on offer will be African-inspired food and drinks,  and there is Hamper Watch for people who would like their picnic hampers kept safe while they explore the zoo.

The 2013 season will kick off on Saturday 2 February and continue over 8 weekend nights until Sunday 24 February (inclusive). Live music is from 5.30pm until 8.30pm. Kids’ activities begin at 4.30pm. The last Safari Tour is at 6pm.

Entry is included in the general zoo admission price. Kids are free weekends and school holidays.