Sat 19 June 2021 | 1pm - 6pm | Outdoor Theatre| Free event (unticketed)
Introduction & welcome from Patrice Naiambana
Community performances and presentations
Germa Adan with Jobe Baker-Sullivan
Nifeco Costa & Babock Djazz
Introduction from Patrice Naiambana
Community performances and presentations
This is a free event in MAC's Outdoor Theatre. Please note that capacity is limited in line with current government guidelines. Wristbands will be allocated upon entry (on a first come first served basis) and all visitors are required to provide contact details upon arrival to facilitate NHS Test and Trace. Please read our Visitor Guidelines before your visit.
About the artists
Patrice Naimbana is an actor, storyteller and African performing artist, originally from Sierra Leone. He has worked extensively in theatre, film, radio and TV, with some of the UK's top Directors: Steven Berkoff, Adrian Noble, Michael Boyd, Kathryn Hunter and leading decolonial thinkers, Rolando Vasquez and Walter Mignolo. Patrice is currently appearing as the Duke of Winchester in Netflix show The Irregulars. As an Animateur and Performing Artist, Patrice has been facilitating Tribal Soul Arts since 1991 - A laboratory for African Diaspora performance aesthetics exploration and critical dialogue. It was initiated in response to the sparse opportunity for theatre training that reflected Diaspora Heritage.
Bumi Thomas is a contemporary Scottish Nigerian singer-songwriter whose ethereal voice stokes the soul transcendentally. Her acoustic and evocative style is inspired by her multicultural heritage expressed visually and sonically as invocations of non-linear identity. 'I tell stories about movement, migration, displacement, joy and humanity.’ Her music combines jazz, high-life rhythms, palmwine grooves, reggae and blues, infused with folk and delivered with soul. Rich in texture, stimulating lyrics, haunting melodies and raw emotion.
Her latest EP 'Broken Silence' (2020) reached No 1 on the UK Itunes RnB charts and was described as 'Strikingly original' by London Jazz News, 'Visceral and Timely' by The Sunday Times. The single 'Black Child' was featured on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends. Broken silence is Bumi's response to her ordeal, a story of evolution, solidarity, love transformation and rebirth. A journey that encompasses politics, culture, migration and activism through music and responds to the UK hostile environment policy, a consequence of systemic and institutional racism.
Kausary are one of Europe’s best-known Andean bands. They boast an exciting, expressive and talented line-up that will enchant any audience with their sounds of Latin America. Whether it is music for the heart or for the feet. Formed in 1995, in the UK, Kausary has a repertoire of traditional Andean and contemporary Latin sounds. Music of the Andean highlands, coastal lowlands, Amazon basin and forest, Cuban and Latin are all played with a depth of emotion unequalled. “Our passion is to promote Peruvian and South American music, together with raising more awareness of Peru and Latino - America in the UK and the rest of the world.”
Singer and guitarist Nifeco Costa moved to the UK from Guinea Bissau, West Africa via Portugal, where he spent several years performing at many events, festivals and making television appearances. Now based in the UK, Nifeco has formed the band "Babock Djazz", bringing together local musicians with origins from around the globe. Nifeco brings beautiful melodies, a sweet voice and an infectious Latin groove, guaranteed to get people dancing! He has become a regular contributor to the CSB programme and was also involved in a collaboration with Surge Orchestra at MAC.
Germa Adan is a Haitian folk artist known for her ability to write and perform in the style of a storyteller with a strong undercurrent of social consciousness at the heart of her music. She writes and performs a tapestry of ethereal vocal and stringed harmonies, influenced by the overlapping identity with cultures, especially so in the Haitian, American and British folk influences that colour her sound. Germa performs with her band of fantastic string players and vocalists, also as a solo artist. For Refugee Week she will be performing a duet with Jobe Baker-Sullivan. 'Captivating and honest', Folkroom London