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The weekend what to do

Celebrate Mojo's birthday, South African jazz queen in town, get truly knackered on salsa, and more super things to do in the next 72 hours

Published on October 23rd 2009.

The weekend what to do

Got a MOJO rising
Who can believe it's a year since MOJO opened? Well it is, ans this Sunday they are bringing the gifts and celebrating in style with a live set by Official Secrets Act.

Only one year young and the bar has already had to be re-soundproofed once already as party people singing along to the bangin’ tunes was taken noise levels way above the legal levels. Plus they've just started showcasing the best in up and coming talent with Live Music for the People nights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.Official Secrets Act's influences include Television (the band), radio (the medium) and Talking Heads (The Talking heads), and the trio make some lovely post-punk twangs.

So get yourself down to the bar this Sunday (25th October) for a bangin’ party guaranteed to rock your socks off until you really should be thinking about work.

*Official Secrets Act, Mojo Back Berry Street, Liverpool 1, Sunday Oct 25.

Out of Africa
South Africa’s number one jazz diva, Simphiwe Dana is coming to the Picket this Saturday. One of the most sought after performers to emerge from South Africa in recent times, the seven-time South Africa Music Award (SAMA) winner will be accompanied by an 11 piece ensemble to bring her internationally acclaimed Modern African Soul Music to the new Creative Quarter in a a triangle (The Baltic one).

Simphiwe Dana's debut album received platinum status and a number one position on the Billboard Music Charts, AND she played at Nelson Mandela’s 83rd birthday. Simphiwe represented South Africa as a cultural ambassador in an extensive tour of China ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games and was nominated in BBC Radio 3’s 2008 Awards for Best Artist in the category World Music – Africa. So show your respect!

*Simphiwe Dana, The Picket, New Bird St, Liverpool 1. 0151 708 6789 to book, or pick tickets up from Dr. Hermans, Bold Street, Liverpool.

Water thing to do
Time to put something back, and this weekend here's your chance, especially if you are under 25.

Waterways Action Squad is being launched this weekend at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, offering over 570 volunteering opportunities for people aged between 16 and 25 over the next two years.

The launch event and open day, this Sunday, will get you in the mood, with bands on boats, street entertainers, dancers, giant games, canoeing, a ‘free running’ (parkour) showcase, volunteering demonstrations and details of a photography competition for young people titled ‘The Secret Lives of Canals’. This special entertainment programme will run alongside the museum’s half-term family-focused activities, including face painting, arts and crafts, model boats and wildlife walks, as well as the usual museum attractions - boat trips, historic working boats, blacksmith demonstrations, interactive displays and traditional workers cottages and gardens.

*Waterways Action Squad day, National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port on Sunday 25 October, 11am to 4pm.

Everybody salsa
Dance away the heartache, dance away the tears, this Saturday night at that long forgotten venue, the Blackie, just by the Chinese arch.

But there's will be no Roxy Music, just funky latin sounds for a night of sweaty salsa. Three dance workshops, plus top salsa dancer Darlin Garcia, from Philadelphia, and top Latin DJ Mauricio Reyes.

This is the drill: 8pm Special Bachata Workshop, 9pm Fun Warm up with all teachers. 9.30pm Salsa classes on three levels . 10.30pm: Salsa party. Midnight, “Show time”.

With two sprung wooden dance floors, they say no stilettos, but other shoes Cuban 'eels are welcome!

*El Templo Latino, @ The Black-E, 1 Great George Street, Liverpool, L1 5EW. Call into the Little Grapes on Knight St to get a ticket or call 0151 709 5109. £10 full event £8 grand ball only (after midnight only)

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