The Maribum Afriqui Festival is a small, Maribor-based festival that focuses on creative exchanges between Slovene and African (especially Malian) musicians and artists, often performing together. It is organised by Plesna izba Maribor and co-produced by the Malian NGO Carrefour des arts.
Formally established in 2012, Maribum Afriqui is a continuation of the short-lived Maribum Festival, which in itself was an expansion of a drumming festival that was set up back in 2004.
Besides music concerts, the festival also features dance, drumming and painting classes and workshops, theatre shows, and more. Some of the participating artists up till now have been Baba Sissoko, Yero Dicko, Joel Diarra, Lassine Kone, Barou dit Parou Diassana, Tenemakan Keita, Theatre Village Hon (all of them from Mali), Mateja Gorjup, and the band Djembabe.
The festival is also augmented by a "house band", called Maribum Afriqui. It came to be as a result of an artist residency undertaken in 2015 in Bamako, Mali, by drummer Tina Sovuč, dancer Mojca Kasjak and guitarist Igor Bezget. The collective has a changing line-up, yet also features Yero Dicko, Joel Diarra, Lassine Kone, Tamara Povh, and others. The band – about which a documentary was also shot and edited by Barou dit Parou Diassana – played a number of gigs in Slovenia as well as Mali, where they reunited for a show in 2016.