Birmingham based Ifa-Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust (IYCAT), run by double Grammy award-winning Musician and Director, Lekan Babalola, launches the first of many arts experiences for the African diaspora and beyond.
The African Weekender which runs from Friday 24th through to Sunday 26th November across various locations across the city will include Gambian/West African storytelling, Angola rooted Kizomba dance, Shakespearean drama with a Yoruba twist, contemporary music fusion, percussion performance and much much more.
With the focus on ‘Re-imagining Africa through the Arts’, the weekender will showcase a plethora of exceptional talent over the course of 3 days.
So what’s happening on Saturday 25th November?
Location: GRS Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road, Birmingham, B20 2NP.
Doors: 2pm / Start 2.30pm
Join Drummer Ray Prince and Percussionist Lekan Babalola in their historical account of ‘The Journey of the Drum’ – learn the history of groove, how rhythms travelled from Africa to the world and the legacy of its original sounds in Birmingham’s music scene.
Ray is an extraordinary drum-kit player and percussionist who has played for chart-topping artists such as Beyoncè and Mica Paris (to name a few) and now shares his expertise through a busy teaching career.
Lekan Babolala has released seven albums and has jointly won two Grammy awards. His accomplishments don’t end there - this amazing artist has worked with notable acts including Prince, David Byrne, Damon Albarn amongst others.
Tickets are free, but you will need to book a place in advance in order to take part in this fantastic opportunity!
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